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Ontario to Open Trade Office in Alberta‏

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Ontario to Open Trade Office in Alberta

November 13, 2013

Province Expands Economic Opportunities in Western Canada

Ontario is setting up a new trade office in Calgary to find new opportunities for Ontario businesses in Alberta’s key economic sectors. The new office is part of Going Global: Ontario’s Trade Strategy.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, made the announcement yesterday at the National Supply Chain Forum in Calgary. Many Ontario-based companies are at the forum, including specialists in wastewater treatment, custom fabrication, engineering and oil field services.

This initiative will help Ontario firms connect with companies in Alberta to fulfill supply needs. It will also explore opportunities for Ontario’s small- and medium-sized enterprises.

The province’s newest trade office will open in the coming months

Improving opportunities for Ontario companies to sell goods, grow, and create jobs at home is part of the government’s economic plan to support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


  • The government recently launched Going Global: Ontario’s Trade Strategy to help more businesses expand to worldwide markets and create jobs in Ontario.
  • Ontario and Alberta are two important economic engines of Canada, generating 54 per cent of its GDP.
  • Alberta is Ontario’s second-largest domestic trading partner. Goods and services trade between our two provinces topped $44 billion in 2008.
  • The U.K., Germany and China also have offices in Alberta.



“Alberta is poised to buy billions of dollars in Ontario-made goods in the coming years — especially in the areas of water treatment, energy, and infrastructure — and we are committed to seizing that opportunity. Our province’s new trade office in Calgary will help Ontario businesses access Alberta’s market, grow their businesses, and create jobs here in Ontario.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment


Gabe De Roche
Minister’s Office

Brigitte Marleau
Communications Branch

Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment



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Cash Store Financial issues statement regarding payday loan licenses in Ontario

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

EDMONTON, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ – The Cash Store Financial Services Inc. (“Cash Store Financial”) (TSX:CSF) & (NYSE:CSFS) today issued the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »

Alberta, Ontario barely meeting needs of people with disabilities – BC failing

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New study compares support for disabled across three provinces

September 23, 2011 @ 01:15PM

Most people will agree that a fundamental role of government is to provide a safety net for people who are disabled and have no source of income. However, in a groundbreaking comparative study released today by The School of Public Policy, Prof. Ron Kneebone reveals a disparity between the support provided by BC, Alberta, and Ontario to disabled residents, and argues that BC is failing to provide for basic needs.

Kneebone’s analysis begins with a discussion on the definition of poverty and notes that while there are many such definitions there is no official measure of poverty. Kneebone introduces two additional measures of income adequacy – the income required to meet very basic needs and the amount the federal government provides to poor seniors – and includes these in his comparison to levels of income support provided to persons with disabilities.

Kneebone shows that as a result of recent increases in payments to people with disabilities, Alberta provides an amount that ranks it first amongst the three provinces, and is roughly equivalent to the amount the federal government provides to poor seniors.

While not as “generous” as Alberta, Ontario also provides an amount that could meet basic human needs, barely.

Surprisingly, British Columbia does not. According to Kneebone “the level of support provided to disabled persons in BC is disturbing; it falls slightly below that measure of income required to meet basic needs.”

The study also concludes that the cost of increasing support levels to people with disabilities is relatively small.

The paper’s final observation is that Canadians seem to accept the level of income support provided to poor seniors as a reasonable level to offer someone unable to work and with no other source of income.

“We think that this seems to be a level of income support most Canadians would support as appropriate for persons with disabilities,” Kneebone writes. “Others may (and likely will) disagree with that assessment and advocate for a still higher level of income that would take support closer to another established low-income measure.”

The paper can be found at

Overcoming Fear and Paralysis That Can Derail Promising Careers

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on April 10, 2010 at 12:10 AM

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Harvey Deutschendorf - April 10, 2010

By Harvey Deutschendorf

At the end of the unit meeting, Jeremy once again felt very frustrated.

Janice and Alan had once again taken up the majority of the time, talking about things which he felt were trivial and inconsequential. It seemed to him that every little thing that they did they had to embellish it so that it would look like it was some huge accomplishment. Jeremy, on the other hand, did have some success which merited attention. Over the last couple of months, he had thought up and launched a couple of major initiatives which were quite successful. He was complimented by business partners outside of the organization for his initiative and ability to carry through with difficult tasks. However, within the small division of his corporate organization, Jeremy watched in frustration as people who seemed to do little but make a lot of noise got all the attention. What especially grated on him was the fact that whenever his manager was away, Janice and Alan were asked to take turns covering. Jeremy was never asked.

Not only did Jeremy see himself as more talented and capable, he had a master’s degree compared to Janice and Alan who had college diplomas. The real problem was that Jeremy was in an almost constant state of fear in his workplace. He was afraid of being the centre of attention and standing out in the crowd. Since his youth, he had struggled with shyness and felt uncomfortable in groups. This allowed others with less skill and ability to be promoted ahead of him. Sure enough, within a short time, Jeremy watched with dismay as Janice applied for and was accepted for a supervisory position in another part of the organization.

The company brought in an emotional intelligence (EI) expert to do a presentation and all the staff was invited to have their EI assessed. The results were confidential, between the expert and staff. Jeremy agreed to do the assessment and found it to be an eye-opening, transformational experience. He found that even though he was very high in most areas of the assessment, his assertiveness scores were well below average. He began to see the EI expert for coaching on how to overcome his fears and become more assertive. They came up with a two-part plan to help Jeremy overcome his fear of groups and improve his relationship building skills.

To overcome his fears of being the centre of attention Jeremy immediately joined a Toastmasters group where he was forced to speak in front of groups of people. This supportive environment gradually helped him overcome his fears and he became more comfortable speaking up in the unit and other meetings. With the help of his coach, Jeremy set goals for every unit meeting. The day before the meetings he wrote down a list of things he wanted to get across. He told himself that regardless of how uncomfortable he felt with taking the time to go through his agenda, he would not give up his time before he said exactly what he had intended to. It was difficult at first. He almost felt a sense of panic but managed to take a few deep breaths and continue on until he said exactly what he wanted to. That night he went out to celebrate the victory with his fiancé.

Even though the word in the company was that Jeremy was a dedicated and competent employee, nobody knew much about him as he was so quiet and private. Management was nervous about promoting someone who appeared to them to be secretive, wondering if he had something to hide. Jeremy came up with a plan to change that. He noticed that his coworkers like Janice and Alan spent a lot of time chatting with the manager. Jeremy forced himself to approach the manager and his direct supervisor at least three times per week and only talk about personal matters. This was part two of the plan, relationship building. When his superiors told him something about their personal lives, such as favorite holiday places, or names of pets, he went into his office and made notes on a pad he kept in the bottom drawer just for this purpose. This gave Jeremy something to ask them about in future conversations. Prior to this, he made little attempt to engage co-workers, often working alone when they went for coffee. Eventually, they stopped asking him. He now began to join them regularly and initiate personal conversations. At first, he found that they seemed to be suspicious of him as it was unusual behavior, but over time he began to sense that he was being accepted and began to feel that he was one of them. While he was still aware of fear and anxiety at times, it never overwhelmed him as it had in the past. It now served as a wake-up call for him, letting him know there was something he needed to look after.

Within a year, Jeremy applied for a higher level position within headquarters office of the organization. He practiced mock interviewing with his coach until he was confident that he would be able to fully speak in a manner that drew attention to all of his skills and abilities. He got the job and later learned from his new manager that his previous manager had commented on what a great team player Jeremy had become. He remembers the sweet sound of those words. They were the sounds of success.

Submitted by Harvey Deutschendorf, author of THE OTHER KIND OF SMART, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success, published by American Management Association of New York. Harvey resides in Edmonton, Alberta. CANADA

Does Your Boss Have Empathy?

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 9, 2010 at 4:02 AM

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Harvey Deutchendorf - April 9, 2010

By Harvey Deutschendorf

Fiona was Corrie’s manager at a branch of a large financial institution that had branches across the U.S. Europe and Asia.

They had recently come up with a new process that Fiona was hoping that the organization would adopt throughout their operations. As Corrie was instrumental in developing the process and was a recognized expert in her branch on the topic, Fiona decided she would be the natural choice to present to the annual meeting of the U.S. division. While Corrie was very knowledgeable, she was somewhat of an introvert and not comfortable speaking to large numbers of people. The annual meeting would have up to 400 employees from various levels from all across the country. She meets with Fiona and discusses her concerns and anxieties concerning the presentation with her.
Corrie: “I’m not really good with talking to a lot of people. I get really nervous and have trouble concentrating on what I have to say. I wish someone else could do the presentation.” Below are 3 examples of how Fiona could have responded, indicating 3 levels of empathy:

Response 1
Fiona: “You’ll do fine. There’s nothing to it. You know this stuff better than anyone else around here.”
In this response, Fiona showed a complete lack of empathy. She failed to even acknowledge Corrie’s anxiety over the presentation which would be the first basic step towards working towards a solution with her. Instead, she dismissed Corrie’s feelings entirely leaving Corrie even more anxious and feeling completely unsupported and misunderstood.

Response 2
Fiona: “Lots of people have a fear of public speaking. I used to until I went to Toastmasters. Now I’m okay, even though I get a little nervous. There’s nothing wrong with being a little nervous. You know your stuff well, so you’ll be okay. “
In the second response, Fiona at least acknowledged Corrie’s anxiety. She did not address it, however, only speaking about it in general terms and talking about her own experience. She did not invite Corrie to help her look for ways to lessen her anxiety. As a result of Corrie still feels that her concerns were not taken seriously and addressed in a caring manner.

Scenario 3
Fiona: “Sounds like you are feeling really stressed over the thought of having to do this presentation.”
Corrie: “Yeah, I get knots in my stomach and tongue tied when I have to talk in front of a group of people.”
Fiona: I remember feeling like that up to a couple of years ago whenever I had to present something. Since I started going to Toastmasters a couple I’ve been able to lose a lot of my anxiety, although I still get a bit nervous. Have you ever considered going to something like toastmaster? It really helped me.”
Corrie: “I probably should. I’ve heard good things about it. A friend of mine has been with them for 5 years and always wants to take me as a guest. This presentation is only a couple of weeks away and toastmaster won’t help me this time.”
Fiona: “Is there anything I or anybody else on the team could do to help. Would it help if you did a trial run at our unit meeting this Thursday? You don’t have any problems talking to our group and it might help you feel more confident. If you want I can set up a meeting with Garret in communications. I hear that he has some good exercises that you could work on that might take off some of that anxiety load that you’re carrying. If you want more practice I can talk to the folks in unit C about practicing your presentation at their unit meeting next Thursday. You know all of them pretty well and the more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll become. That’s the way it’s always worked for me anyways.”
Corrie: “Sure, I’ll give it a try. Maybe once I’ve done it a few times in front of people I know I’ll feel better.”

In this instance, Fiona showed good empathic listening skills. She responded directly in a caring manner that indicated that she understood where Corrie was coming from. Corrie felt that she was heard, understood and cared about. Having been in Corrie’s shoes, she used this to build trust and understanding towards working towards a solution that they both could live with. She explored with Corrie some ideas that she had that might help her get the fear monkey off her back, or at least lighten his weight. It would have been better if Fiona had let Corrie come up with her own solutions to her anxiety. In this case, Fiona felt that Corrie’s anxiety would limit anything she could come up with on her own. Besides, time was running out and they did not have the luxury of a long-term plan. Overall it was a great example of the effective use of empathy. Chances are Corrie will become more confident and will do a good job in the presentation. She knows she had the support of her boss and coworkers and her relationship with Fiona has become stronger. If things go well, she will come away feeling more self-confident. She may also feel grateful to Fiona for believing in her enough to not take the easy way out and give the presentation to one of her coworkers.

Submitted by Harvey Deutschendorf, author of THE OTHER KIND OF SMART, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success, published by American Management Association of New York. Harvey resides in Edmonton, Alberta. CANADA

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