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May 2: Best from the blogosphere

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Consumer savings, Home ownership/renting, Toronto Star | 0 comments

May 2, 2016 By Sheryl Smolkin My husband and I helped our daughter buy her first house and a few years ago we bought my son a car. We also partially paid for their education so they were able to graduate debt free. I consider these gifts as an excellent investment because we could afford it and it was our pleasure to share our good fortune with them when they needed it most. So when I came across Sean Cooper’s blog Why Millennials Should Save Their Down Payment and Not Rely on the Bank of...

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6 things you need to know about hiring a nanny

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in HR Issues, Quality of Life, Toronto Star | 0 comments

A minimum wage salary may seem like a bargain but there are other expenses to consider   Zach Frailey / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS By: Sheryl Smolkin At Work, Published on Tue Aug 26 2014 —- Every parent who has ever bundled cranky preschoolers into snowsuits and delivered them to daycare before heading off to work has at least briefly wondered whether a nanny would be a better solution. Daycare fees in Toronto can vary significantly. Depending on the age and stage of the child,...

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Fired executive gets year’s pay after 19 months on the job

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Consumer savings, HR Issues, Legal, Toronto Star | 0 comments

A 52-year-old executive fired as part of a corporate reorganization has been awarded a year’s pay by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Dreamstime A 52-year-old executive fired as part of a corporate reorganization has been awarded a year’s pay by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. By: Sheryl Smolkin At Work, Published on Tue Aug 12 2014 A 52-year-old executive fired as part of a corporate reorganization has been awarded a year’s pay by the Ontario Superior Court...

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Woman can claim $17,500 tax deduction for winter in Thailand, court rule

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Income Tax, Legal, Toronto Star | 0 comments

Tax court has decided for second year a Thunder Bay woman suffering from chronic pain can deduct cost of winter in Thailand, Indonesia Dreamstime Canada’s tax court has ruled that a Thunder Bay woman suffering from chronic pain can deduct the cost of spending the winter in Thailand and Indonesia.. By: Sheryl Smolkin At Work, Published on Tue Jul 29 2014 For the second year in a row a court has decided that a Thunder Bay woman suffering from chronic pain can deduct the...

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Court opens way to faster settlements of wrongful dismissal cases

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in HR Issues, Legal, Toronto Star | 0 comments

Supreme Court of Canada ruling means straightforward wrongful dismissal cases can be decided faster and more cheaply. Dreamstime A Supreme Court ruling means that straightforward, wrongful dismissal cases can now be settled faster and more cheaply. By: Sheryl Smolkin At Work, Published on Tue Jul 22 2014 Many people who are fired take whatever settlement their former employer offers because they can’t afford to go to court. But a Supreme Court of Canada ruling means...

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Over one-quarter of OMERS pensioners work post-retirement

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Retirement, Toronto Star | 0 comments

Durham college teaching job supplements pension from Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. Over half of Canadians who had long-term job work after retirement   After working for a long time at the same job, should you retire? Many Canadians are choosing to get another job.  By: Sheryl Smolkin At Work, Published on Sun Jul 13 2014 Ron Motum retired from his job as Technical Support Supervisor in the water treatment department of the Regional Municipality of...

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