Who Cares? Most Canadians say siblings ought to share the costs of care for an aging parent, yet only half do: CIBC poll

[Source: Cision] Over one third of caregivers are out of pocket on average $430 per month, and few take advantage of tax relief available to offset the costs, says Jamie Golombek

Canadians who financially contribute to the care of a loved one due to advanced age or illness are out of pocket $430 per month on average – an expense many aren't planning for, finds a new CIBC poll. While most say siblings ought to share the load when caring for an aging parent, only half do (59 per cent), which often leads to family squabbles over how the work and costs should be shared.

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Conservative MP cautiously optimistic about federal poll

[Source: St. Albert Gazette] The Conservative MP representing St. Albert-Edmonton says the issues discussed in a recent poll are consistent with what he’s hearing from his constituents.

Michael Cooper said Wednesday the concerns are reflective of a government that hasn’t delivered on its promises.

The online survey shows Canadian voters are divided on the prospect of re-electing Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for a second term.

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Millennial Homebuyers Could Be Making a Big Financial Mistake

[Source: Think Advisor] Six in 10 U.S. millennials think the American Dream — owning a home, becoming debt-free and retiring comfortably — is within reach, yet they are doing too little to achieve this goal, according to a new report from Bank of the West.

Indeed, millennials’ conservative investment habits may be seriously compromising their dream of an easy retirement.

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Podcasting gains momentum

[Source: Media in Canada] More and more Canadians are plugging into podcasts, according to a recent study by media research consultancy, Audience Insights.

According to results from The Canadian Podcast Listener 2018 study, 20% more Canadians are engaging in podcasts regularly than they were in the summer of 2017.

The study, which involved an initial survey of 3,118 Canadians aged 18 years and older, is a follow-up to the organization’s first study last year, produced in association with the Podcast Exchange (TPX). The survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of members from the Maru Voice online community. The initial results are from May 2018, with the full study being released in the fall.

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Majority of Ontario Residents are in Support of Doug Ford’s First Actions as Premier

[Source: Campaign Research] Doug Ford was elected as Ontario’s new Premier on June 7th, 2018. In addition to the traditional private swearing in ceremony, Ford opted to hold a second public inauguration ceremony outside of Queens Park. When asked to indicate their level of approval of this, the latest Campaign Research poll conducted among 1480 Ontario residents revealed that a plurality (38%) of Ontario voters approved of the gesture. The highest level of approval was demonstrated by males and those in Eastern Ontario and Hamilton/Niagara region.

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Fixed or variable mortgage? Canadians divided, even as interest rates appear set to rise: CIBC poll

[Source: Cision] - TORONTO, July 10, 2018 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM:TSX) (CM:NYSE) – While the majority of Canadians (72 per cent) believe interest rates will climb over the next 12 months, only half (54 per cent) of Canadian homeowners or those planning to buy a home would opt for a fixed rate mortgage if signing the papers today, according to a new CIBC poll. The finding contrasts sharply with the current composition of mortgages among homeowners polled, 77 per cent of whom have a fixed rate mortgage. 

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Border crossers: most Canadians don't believe government has a clear plan

[Source: City News] Most Canadians don’t believe the country has a definitive plan on how to deal with the recent influx of asylum seekers crossing the border into the country, according to a new poll by DART Insight.

In 2017, Canada received 47,800 official asylum claims, making it the ninth-largest recipient in the world that year. Further, an estimated 5000 asylum seekers arrived through unofficial entry points between Jan 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

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INFINITI LAB Toronto Startup SmartTones Fast-Tracked to Global Accelerator in Hong Kong

[Source: Global Newswire] TORONTO, July 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, INFINITI LAB Toronto, a Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator driven by premium car brand INFINITI Motor Company, announced that SmartTones, a platform that can accurately measure broadcast audiences in real-time, will be fast-tracked to a new 12-week program held at its global headquarters in Hong Kong this September. Brisk Synergies, an automated video analytics solution that helps transportation authorities to identify traffic patterns and avoid road safety problems, has also been invited to pitch for entry to the global program.

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Mill Street Brewery core lineup of brands certified organic

[Source: Cision] TORONTO, July 5, 2018 /CNW/ - Mill Street Brewery announced today that its core lineup of beers will be fully certified organic. Cobblestone Stout and Tankhouse Ale will join Original Organic Lager and 100th Meridian as organic certified – one of the most difficult, complicated and time consuming certifications to achieve in brewing; one which consumers value highly.

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Canadians Blowing Annual Budgets by Summertime

[Source: Cision] TORONTO, July 4, 2018 /CNW/ -- Summertime is here and everyone wants to have some fun or take a vacation, but you don't have to break the bank. According to a recent survey from savings destination RetailMeNot.ca, almost half of Canadians (41 per cent) spend more money in the summer than other seasons, making now a perfect time to do a quick temperature check on spending habits in the first half of the year.

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Maru/Blue expands into the UK market

[Source: Maru Group] London - 2 July 2018: Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, today announces the expansion of Maru/Blue into the UK market through the appointment of Paul Williams. Based in Southampton, Paul will oversee the development of Maru/Blue’s UK operations as Managing Director.

Headquartered in Toronto, Maru/Blue is a premium quality data services firm that provides brands with access to insights from deeply-engaged respondents. The company equips its customers with insights from several market communities across Canada and the U.S. including Springboard America, Maru Voice Canada and the recently acquired Hispanic panel, Tú Cuentas. Maru/Blue’s expansion into the UK market will extend Maru/Blue’s services to a new geographic market that offers significant growth opportunities.

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'Deeply concerned': Marijuana legalization moving too fast for most Canadians, poll suggests

[Source: National Post] - Six out of 10 Canadians think the Cannabis Act 'is just a big political move to get votes and nothing else,' and want legalization delayed for up to one year.

The majority of Canadians want marijuana legalization delayed for up to one year to give federal and provincial governments more time to figure out how to deal with the societal implications, according to a new poll.

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Canadians failing to capitalize on their reward points, CIBC poll finds

[Source: Financial Post] Canadians may love to collect credit card and loyalty points, but they are failing to treat them as real financial assets and are thus missing opportunities to maximize their value, according to a new poll by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

The poll found that of the 52 per cent of Canadians who collect points, 64 per cent do not think of them as assets.

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86% of Canadians Believe They are Increasingly at Risk of Identity Fraud According to Recent Survey by Mogo

[Source: Cision] VANCOUVER, June 27, 2018 /CNW/ - In a world where data breaches and hacks are happening with increasing regularity, a recent survey conducted on behalf of Mogo Finance Technology Inc. ("Mogo") (TSX: MOGO) (NASDAQ: MOGO) revealed that 86% of Canadians believe they are increasingly at risk of identity theft and identity fraud (i.e. someone using your stolen identity such as birthdate, social insurance number, address, etc., to get a credit card or a loan in your name) – yet only 24% of respondents currently have identity fraud protection.

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Federal Conservative Party Regains Lead in Voter Intent

[Source: Campaign Research] The latest National Campaign Research Poll conducted among 1579 Canadians revealed that voting intent for the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) decreased to 34%, down 5% since the beginning of the year. Moreover, the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) experienced a 4-point increase to 36%, regaining a slight lead. The New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) is up 2% since the beginning of the year and captured 18% of voter intent. The LPC can attribute much of their support to millennials, as well as those living in the Atlantic, Quebec, and the City of Toronto. In Ontario, the CPC maintains a lead of 4% over the LPC with the NDP at 19%.

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Vast majority of Canadians disapprove of Donald Trump

[Source: Campaign Research] The latest National Campaign Research Poll conducted among 1579 Canadians revealed that 81% of Canadians “disapproved” of Donald Trump’s performance as the President of the U.S, a 5% increase from September 2017. Those who showed the highest level of disapproval were females (86%), as well as members of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) (91%) and the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) (93%). A full 2/3rd’s of Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) supporters (66%) also expressed disapproval.

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Rating the Premiers: Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe (56%) Emerges with Highest Approval, Ontario’s Doug Ford Makes an Entry (40%) and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ball Tumbles Downward (32%)

[Source: Globe Newswire] Toronto, Canada, June 19, 2018 - Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has emerged with the highest approval rating of any Provincial Premier in the DART Insight regular quarterly survey of constituent provincial voters across Canada. Moe, who assumed the Premiership from former Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall in January 2018 has a 56% approval rating, up four percentage points since the last sounding was taken in March 2018.

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Maru Group acquires Hispanic panel Tú Cuentas

[Source: Maru Group] London, 18 June 2018 – Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled customer insights company, today announces Maru/Blue’s acquisition of Tú Cuentas, a Hispanic research panel targeting Spanish speaking communities in the U.S. The addition of Tú Cuentas to Maru/Blue’s range of Market Research Online Communities will significantly strengthen the company’s research capabilities with the Hispanic population.

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Today's corporate culture makes more Canadians eat alone, leading to feelings of isolation and unhappiness

[Source: Cision] BRAMPTON, ON, June 18, 2018 /CNW/ - Did you eat alone today? If so, you weren't alone. More and more Canadians reportedly eat in solitude, which according to a recent study from Oxford Economics* is more strongly associated with unhappiness than any single factor other than having a mental illness.  In an effort to break the cycle of solitude, the President's Choice® (PC®) team is challenging Canadians to get back to the table, share a meal and #eattogether.

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