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Fort Langley Bakery - The Dancing Baker

Submitted by Florian Gabriel on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 20:15.

While promoting the local Bakery in Fort Langley and searching for marketing material I found a nice video of the Head Baker of the Fort Langley Bakery dancing in his bakery. Isn't that true passion moving with the yeast expanding underneath your feet?

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Doom & Gloom about the economy, but Krystal might afford a house.

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 08:50.

I'm feeling a bit doom and gloomy about the economy. One possible bright side is that the people who live and work here in Vancouver, who make it a city and not a ghost town, may yet afford a place here. So take heart, Krystal.

It all has to do with this Asset Backed Commercial Paper problem. Don't run away from me. It won't be boring, I promise. And remember, I'm a money coach, I'm not an economist, so what follows may be way off base. But here's the future as I see it:

Joe wants to buy Sally's $300K condo. He doesn't have $300K available just then (he's not John Chow). So Joe goes to Friendly Credit Union or Big Bank to borrow the money.

fundfindr wants you (well if you're an entrepreneur, service provider, web developer or webmaster anyways....)

Submitted by Fundfindr on Fri, 03/07/2008 - 13:27.

Hi, We're new regulars at Workspace - you'll see us on Tuesdays & Thursdays meeting and shooting vid! 

Our pitch: 
1) We need a web developer and a webmaster fluent with Web. 2.0!  If this is you, ping [email protected]
2) We video and publish free "pitch" pages on our website (launching in Beta later this month).  We also cover events and produce features and interviews on our media site,

So, why should I care?  Well, we're taping at Workspace most weeks so why not get a free pitch page including video to promote your venture, service or idea!  You can embed the vid on your website, youtube it, put it on your facebook page etc. and we'll help connect you to your needs:  capital, talent, collaboration or services.  

Econ 101: what's with the hate-on for taxes?

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Tue, 02/26/2008 - 23:35.

Don't all lunge at me at once. I'm not about to bend over for CRA or anything - I'm as aggressive as your next ave. joe canadian on my tax returns - but I gotta ask: when did we get such a hate-on for paying taxes? Be honest: the #1 thing we all wanna know about The Budget is, "how much of a tax break are They giving, and who gets it, and am I on the losing end?" But a bit of devil's advocate here. 1. Isn't the They actually Us? I mean we're not conquered peoples (pardon -most of us aren't) giving our money to Nero here. We're a civilized country that's collectively opted to build a society together, and pool our money to do so. 2. Specifically:

  • while Michael Moore was a bit optimistic about us, the fact remains most of us have confidence that if we need emergency care, we'll get it (and for every horror story, I've heard stories of remarkable care provided by our health system, haven't you?)
  • I got an amazing education for about $50K all told. I'm still annoyed that I had a $30K student debt but I also know that I cost the taxpayer about $350k - and so did you, if you got 4 years of education after high school.
  • Oh, and my grades 1-12 were paid by taxes.
  • And I don't know where you walk, but I walk on reasonably kept sidewalks, and most cars stop for me by these efficient little red circles of light - sometimes I even get to push a button to make the cars stop!
  • And when something a little freaky happens in my neighbourhood I just push 3 buttons on my phone: 911 and help is on its way.
  • And I don't personally want to help unemployed get employed, or personally provide refuge to kids whose parents have abandoned them, or the stray cats for that matter, but I'm sure glad they're getting at least a baseline of help.
So I guess I wonder if we're being a bit facile when we moan about our taxes. Wouldn't our time be better spent asking questions like, "what kind of society do I want to live in?" and "how do I want my elected officials to allocate our pool of money?" and "how does Canada compare to other countries who handle taxes differently, and what do I make of those differences?" Over to you: are you bitter about the taxes you pay? are we truly overtaxed here? what would you give up by way of services in exchange for fewer taxes? Why?


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Canadian chocolatiers sued for price collusion. Seriously.

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 10:54.

Thank You, Aizik Ebert. If you haven't privately offered up a blessing on this Toronto man, you should. He's filed a class action lawsuit against and , and According to the National Post he is alleging senior execs of these companies conspired to "to fix, enhance and maintain the price of chocolate products in Canada".

The quirkiest RRSP 101 you'll find

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 20:43.

... with a nod to CommonCraft, yes?

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Econ 101 - high drama all over the place

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Tue, 01/22/2008 - 18:07.

If it's not one thing, it's another.
1. Our loonies caught fire, literally, at the Canadian Mint.

 2. The Bank of Canada lowered its rate to 4%. Hallelujah, my mtg loc went down again :0.
But here's the blood-curdling part. Royal Bank rumbled that they might not lower their rate (banks don't have to, but they do, to compete with one another). Why should that make your hair stand on end? Because the Bank of Canada moves its rate to ensure our economy stays on track. Banks lower their rates to be competitive so they can make their global shareholders high profits. If all the banks colluded to keep their rates high, they would essentially be controlling our economy.

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Workshops at Workspace

Submitted by Bennett Kadel on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 14:19.

I will be hosting two new workshop series starting next week - Monday January 21 and Tuesday 22 here at Workspace.

The first workshop series is called "What Do I Want to be When I Grow Up?" and is designed for people who are trying to figure out what is really calling them in their work.

The second series is called "I've Taken the Road Less Traveled... Now Where Am I?" It is designed for people who are following an unconventional career path and are looking for support to keep moving forward with their vision.

For more info or sign-up,
contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 778.786.1322.

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8 great money habits to rock 2008

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 21:29.

Happy New Year! and it is indeed a new year. If you’re interested in adopting some new, do-able habits for 2008 - guaranteed to yield great results - here’s a Grab N’ Go of ideas. Take what appeals to you; leave the rest for another year.

 1. Befriend your money. Spend time with it. Get to know it. Find out what your doing with it - you’ll be surprised at the both good and less kind ways you handle your cash flow.

2. Start Saving. Now. Not when you think you can afford it. Not when your cash flow feels better. Start saving now, even if it’s $10 a paycheque. Test me on this - see if you don’t discover it IS possible. See if within 6 months you aren’t thrilled to have started. See if you don’t start to feel an inner sense of esteem that comes with having savings. Yes, you may need to dip into it from time to time. That’s OK. With time, you’ll become increasingly adept at finding alternatives to dipping into your savings.

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How long do you need to hang onto your money documents?

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Wed, 01/02/2008 - 23:11.

You should hang on to any record that could be used to determine your taxes payable for a period of six years from the date of your Notice of Assessment. Additionally, you are required to keep these documents in your home unless you have special permission from the Canada Revenue Agency to store them elsewhere.

There are a few exceptions to the six-year rule -- documents that you should keep indefinitely. Examples of these include purchase and sale agreements related to the purchase of a property. You will need these if you eventually sell the property.



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