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Barrett Tax Law by Dale Barrett

  • A Canadian First – Battered Women’s Syndrome can help prove Due Diligence May 9, 2017
    Barrett Tax Law successfully litigated what could be a first in Canada. Using the defence of battered women’s syndrome to show L (shortened for privacy...
  • Vehicle Expenses May 12, 2016
    When a vehicle is used for both personal and business purposes, it is necessary to keep a log to record the business use of the...
  • Transfers of Property while Having a Tax Debt May 12, 2016
    Income Tax Act Subsection 160 ( Excise Tax Act Subsection 325 ( Subsection 160 and subsection 325 assessments are the most powerful collection tools that...

Small Business Hell by Jack Borden

  • Booksigning at Mosaic Books – March 19th March 11, 2016
    Join Us on Saturday, March 19th 2016 12:00 – 2:00pm Mosaic Books Kelowna 411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC Meet local author Jack Borden and chat about Small Business Entrepreneurship as discussed in his latest book ‘Avoid Small Business Hell’.
  • Meeting Customer Objectives March 7, 2016
    Business obstacles are aplenty for small business entrepreneurs.  In my book ‘Avoid Small Business Hell’ I chronicle all kinds of reasons behind business obstacles, how to avoid them and if they are unavoidable and a business is thrust into ‘Small Business Hell’ how to get your business back into a stable position. What is the ... Read more
  • Borden provides business expertise March 7, 2016
     “If I can save one entrepreneur from the trip into small business hell, then I consider my book a success” Read Jennifer Smith’s article for the Vernon Morning Star Sunday, February 27 2016 “Borden provides business expertise”  

Estate Law Canada by Lynne Butler

  • New episode of The Law Show now online - and we've answered a ton of your questions! May 25, 2017
    The latest episode of The Law Show is now online and available for listening on (and yes, it's free). This week we answered a long list of questions sent in to us at our email at, or here on this blog. We covered many interesting topics from family dynamics to getting a copy of the will to calling the police about out […]
  • You can't use your parents' bank accounts after they die. You just can't. May 24, 2017
    As thousands of Canadians are finding out each year, they cannot gain access to their parents' assets after the parents' death just because the parent allowed them access while they were alive. Parents need to make wills putting someone in charge and allowing someone access. A reader recently wrote to me sounding somewhat put out because the bank w […]
  • Court challenge over elderly man's will may be a sign of things to come May 24, 2017
    There is a very sad, upsetting case being heard in the Ontario court. It is about the will of Christos Vloyiannitis, who died in 2013 at the age of 78. Before Mr. Vloyiannitis died, he changed his will to make his caregivers, a married couple named Terry and Pam Cross, his major beneficiaries. He also made them his powers of attorney for both personal care a […]

Crook Publishing by Marion Crook

  • Who is your market? The book world of children and young adults April 11, 2017
      Children and teen literature is classified in genres. This is not so much on the insistence of the authors, but on the insistence of the marketing department of the publishing houses and on-line distributors. The placement of your book in a certain genre is...
  • Must I bother about grammar? April 4, 2017
    Everyone has some gaps in their grammar education. No matter how much grammar was pounded into us in class, we didn’t get it all. We might operate on the principle that if something ‘sounds’ right, it is right. Why it is right is often beyond...
  • My Writing Style March 27, 2017
    Of course, I have style.   Writing style is part of our personality: brash, in-your-face, shy, retiring, academic, rational or emotional. It is a little like clothes sense–something we develop to suit ourselves and to make a statement to others. Our choice of long sentences...

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Estill & Long Attorneys & Counselers At Law

  • What is a Buy-Sell Agreement June 11, 2014
      What is a Buy-Sell Agreement? Written by Peter McFarland, Esq. on 6/6/14 It’s exciting to start a new business.  But starting a new business takes so much time and energy, we’ve noticed that our clients often don’t focus on their exit strategies.  Important life events can have a large impact on a business and […]The post What is a Buy-Sell Agreement appea […]
  • 2014 Tax Tips for Newlyweds April 22, 2014
    Scott Estill – 4-22-2014 2014 Tax Tips for Newlyweds For tax purposes, your marital status is determined as of December 31, 2014.  As such, it is possible to time the marriage to produce the lowest possible tax results (i.e. should we marry in 2014 or 2015). If either spouse changed his/her name as a result […]The post 2014 Tax Tips for Newlyweds appeared fi […]
  • What if I Can’t Pay my IRS Bill? April 22, 2014
      Written by Peter McFarland, Esq.   So you’ve filed your tax return.  Maybe it was late and the IRS added penalties or maybe you just couldn’t afford to pay what the return said you owed.  Now the IRS is sending notices and you just can’t possibly pay them. If you find yourself in this […]The post What if I Can’t Pay my IRS Bill? appeared first on .

Baking Fix by Mimi Shotland Fix

  • Making Fun Products April 17, 2017
    Bake Magazine shows us a fun idea for new bakery offerings – incorporate colorful and familiar breakfast cereals to create your own unique products. “Cereal adds a crunch to something sweet, and cereal flavors can be paired with dessert flavors to find scrumptious combinations. Additionally, they look visually appealing as many breakfast cereals have unique […]
  • Home Kitchens Meet the Bun Pan Rack March 21, 2017
    Does your business baking turn your kitchen into a hunt for space? Do you dread the holiday production nightmare? I often receive questions from home bakers asking for help with this problem, especially when I show photos from my baking classes with this wonderful piece of equipment: If you have a home-based food business you […]
  • Chocolate Walnut Strudel February 2, 2017
    Chocolate Walnut Strudel is a nice, fast strudel, especially for times of the year when there’s no local/seasonal fruits. And everyone loves chocolate, no matter what the time of year. Use your favorite pie dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar/cocoa. Top with chopped walnuts (toasted nuts makes a better product) and chocolate chunks. Roll up, place seam […]

Tanya Lee Howe

  • Good News for Alzheimer’s Research September 1, 2016
    A new drug is being tested at the moment that may halt mental decline for Alzheimer’s patients. It probably won’t hit the market for a few years, if the testing goes well. But there is hope! Check out the article from the Telegraph.
  • Heartbreaking News June 11, 2016
    For all the bicyclists crossing Canada this summer, please be careful on the road and always be aware of your surroundings. If you have a bicycle that is low to the ground, such as a recumbent, make sure you have a bright flag that is high above your bike. You want to be seen on the road by the many Continue Reading
  • Early onset Familial Alzheimer’s Disease March 28, 2016
    As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, early onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is happening more often. People can start showing signs of the disease in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Between 1 and 5 percent of cases are early onset. Familial Alzheimer’s disease means that earlier generations of a family have had the disease. For example, my mom has Continue […]

Managing your Medicare by George Jacobs

  • The Part D Low Income Subsidy (“Extra Help”) in 2015 October 13, 2014
     Requirements to Become Eligible for Extra HelpThis reviews the two main requirements for the Part D low income subsidy (LIS), that is, “Extra Help,” and also indicates what the basic structure of the Part D benefit looks like for those who qualify for it during 2015.  The two main requirements are, of course, low income and few resources.At this point in ti […]
  • PART D FOR 2015 October 9, 2014
    Get Ready Now for Medicare Open Enrollment - Part D Changes for 2015It’s less than two weeks to Medicare Open Enrollment, so it’s time for you to get familiar with what will change in 2015 and what you need to do now to prepare for it. Of extreme importance is that the Annual Election Period (the open enrollment period) will begin on Wednesday, October 15 an […]
  • Changes in Medicare Deductibles, Premiums, etc. for 2014 - Parts B, A, C, D November 9, 2013
    Part BMost of the Medicare annual change amounts have been released for 2014, and the good news is that the Part B premium and deductible will not change.  That is, the Part B monthly premium will stay at $140.90, and the annual deductible at $147.  This is particularly nice for beneficiaries as your Social Security cost-of-living increase will only be 1.5%, […]

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  • Taxing Authorities are Fighting Fraud by asking for your Driver’s License February 3, 2017
    The IRS and state tax authorities are implementing new safeguards to protect your identity.  The IRS safeguards are currently aimed at tax returns that are prepared using tax software.  For example, there may be a 16-character code found on your…Read more ›
  • KeatsConnelly helps Canadians and Americans Live on Both Sides of the Border December 22, 2016
    Sally Taylor, Bob Keats and Dale Walters of KeatsConnelly talk about helping Canadians and Americans live on both sides of the border in an article published on and in the Arizona Business Gazette.  Please click here to read it!Read more ›
  • 2017 Canada Week Bonspiel December 7, 2016
    KeatsConnelly will sponsor the Canada Week Bonspiel again in 2017!  It will be held at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, AZ from Thursday, February 2nd to Sunday, February 5th. Registration is open at Hope you can join us.…Read more ›

The Caregiver Network: Blog by Rick Lauber

  • Wouldn’t Caregiving be Easier with an Extra Set of Hands? April 27, 2017
    Caregivers can hear plenty of advice about the many benefits of taking respite from their work with an aging loved one; however, they don’t always follow those recommendations. These aren’t just empty words … breaking away to do something just for you does offer you rewards and isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. One […] The post Wouldn’t Caregiving be […]
  • Question Your Own Care April 3, 2017
    Caregivers field questions from others on a regular basis. Well-meaning friends and/or colleagues can often ask “How’s your Mom / Dad doing?” “How are you doing?” might be a better question to ask. Caregiving involves more than just one person and the job can – and does – take its toll on those who help […] The post Question Your Own Care appeared first on T […]
  • Respite Helps Caregivers Through Holiday Hell February 15, 2017
    Love is in the air … leprechauns will be leaping … and a rabbit will soon be delivering chocolate eggs. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter are the first holidays of each new year. Normally very joyous days, these holidays can make life even more difficult for family caregivers. Holidays (along with possible birthdays […] The post Respite Helps Ca […]

Rick Lauber’s personal website can be found here.

Baker Street Agency by Katherine Matak

  • Tomato Soup and Tricks of the Trade April 13, 2017
    Last summer I ran out of time to make all my tomato sauces so instead I chose to freeze the extra 40lbs. of tomatoes.  That was probably one of the best moments of the year.  These tomatos have ended up becoming some of the easiest and best soups I have ever made.  Remember I am […]
  • SURVEILLANCE AND PIZZAS! February 21, 2017
    Maintaining a blog is another job on the toolkit requirements  for small business!  Although it has been on my to-do-list now for eleven months I found myself having difficulty deciding what to write about.  After all this is an investigative blog that provides you with some great recipes.  Additionally you are supposed to laugh about the […]
  • Sleuthing at the Stove -Plums and Social Media April 28, 2016
    There is no doubt that everyone in their working life will make a mistake – might be small or might be large.  In business clients can become upset over many things.  Sometimes they are upset because they owe money and they have decided to not pay it.  I remember learning about the gratitude scale at […]

Advice by Darcy Matheson

  • Drinking this beer helps animals February 10, 2017
    Love beer and animals?  Me too.  Now you can drink beer and help animals at the same time!I'm thrilled to announce that the newest "Benefit Brew" from Phillips Beer is aiding SAINTS, an awesome sanctuary for old, sick and generally unwanted animals.At any given time, this farm in Mission has more than 100 animals in its brood and taking care o […]
  • Tuffy is homeless... again January 27, 2017
    Tuffy is such a nice dog that I honestly thought I'd never have to write about him again. But I was wrong.I first met this gentle giant last summer at a pop-up adoption event held by the BC SPCA and he was, without a doubt, a huge fan favourite.  Despite his big size, he was FANTASTIC with kids and all the other dogs.I met Tuffy again when I was working […]
  • 5 animal charities worth supporting on Giving Tuesday November 26, 2016
    While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about getting deals and a jump on Christmas shopping, Giving Tuesday is dedicated to something wholly more altruistic.It’s a growing movement dedicated to giving back to worthy charities and organizations that make a difference in their communities. Giving Tuesday is the unofficial kickoff to giving season, and by […]

Learning to Commit by Avrum Nadigel
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Script Gods Must Die

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Steve Slaunwhite

  • How to Double the Effectiveness of Testimonials August 1, 2014
    The post How to Double the Effectiveness of Testimonials appeared first on Steve Slaunwhite.
  • Do “snail mail” sales letters still work? January 23, 2014
    During a workshop recently, a participant asked me if an old-fashioned snail mail sales letter still works for generating leads. I answered the question with a question. “How many here found out about me as a result of a letter I sent them?” Out of a group of 31, three raised their hands. That might […] The post Do “snail mail” sales letters still work? appe […]
  • Writing white papers (and special reports) January 16, 2014
    I posted a great interview with Gordon Graham yesterday on my other blog at the Copywriting Training Center. Gordon is the leading expert on conceiving and writing white papers (as well as its close cousin, the special report). This is a Podcast-style interview (just 10 minutes) with lots of practical, no-fluff tips. If you’re at […] The post Writing white p […]

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