More than a pipe-dream: Two-thirds of Canadians are thinking about taking a life-sabbatical - and some are already saving for it
Maru/Blue Announces Exclusive Cannabis Community
[Source: Simplii Financial] - Ever thought about ditching your job to live the dream? You're not alone. Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of Canadians are thinking about doing just that – and as many as one in four of them (25 per cent) are actually saving for it, finds a new survey from Simplii FinancialTM.
For those who aspire to take a break, the poll reveals that it's less about taking a time-out from life, but rather planning for a time-in. Half (50 per cent) say they'd spend the time travelling extensively, and 34 per cent would live or work abroad. One in three (36 per cent) say they'd use the time to start a business of their own.
Millennial Men And Women Are Divided On Race And Gender Issues, New Poll Finds
Toronto, Ontario – (October 9, 2018) - Today, Maru/Blue—a premium quality data services firm—announces the launch of its exclusive Cannabis Community. “With Canada poised to make cannabis legal October 17, and it being legal in 9 states, as well as the District of Columbia, interest in connecting with cannabis consumers has never been higher,” said Maru/Blue Managing Director, Rob Berger. “That’s why we are so excited to announce our exclusive new Cannabis Community.”
Poll: Nearly half of millennial Democrats identify as socialist or democratic socialist
[Source: BuzzFeed News] Nearly half of millennial Democrats identify as democratic socialists or socialists, according to a new poll of millennials in the US from BuzzFeed News and Maru/Blue.
The poll, which ran from Sept. 21 to 24 and questioned people aged 22 to 37, showed deep gender divides among millennials across a stretch of political questions, from what types of candidates they’d support to their own engagement in politics.
Paying With Taps And Apps Leaves Some Feeling Disconnected From Their Money According To Recent Survey
[Source: The Hill] Nearly half of millennial Democrats say they identify as a socialist or democratic socialist, according to a new poll from BuzzFeed News and Maru/Blue.
Almost half, 48 percent, said they would call themselves a democratic socialist or socialist, compared to 39 percent who said they identified as neither.
Buying Legal Weed In Canada: Most Canadians Don't Know Where To Get It, Survey Finds
[Source: Cision] - TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2018 /CNW/ - With mobile apps on your smartphone, and tap-and-go debit and credit cards, it's never been faster or easier to pay for things. This has led to some of us feeling disconnected from our money, according to new research commissioned by MARU in partnership with Tangerine Bank.
Maru/Blue Announces New Hires As It Continues Significant Growth
[Source: HuffPost] - Recreational cannabis legalization is now less than a month away, but most Canadians still don't know how to get weed come Oct. 17.
A new survey by cannabis review and research site Lift & Co. found 58 per cent of Canadians don't know how or where they'll be able to buy legal marijuana.
The weed store rollout will look different in every province, which Lift & Co. CEO Matei Olaru thinks may account for why there are knowledge gaps across the country.
Maru/Blue Announces Launch of Agile Self-Serve
Toronto, Ontario – (September 6, 2018) – Maru/Blue—premium quality data services firm—announces the hire of Katie Gawlik, Sal Rustom, Terry Kim, Michael Theophile-Uruena, Aruran Tharmalingam, and Valen Arnesto.
Who Cares? Most Canadians say siblings ought to share the costs of care for an aging parent, yet only half do: CIBC poll
Toronto, Ontario – (August 27, 2018) – Today, Maru/Blue—premium quality data services firm—announces the launch of Agile Self-Serve, a DIY, real-time survey solution. The DIY tool provides thousands of completes within hours across Canada, the U.S. or the U.K. It delivers easy out of the box programming, programmatic sampling, instant deployment and automated reporting with longitudinal tracking.
Conservative MP cautiously optimistic about federal 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.
Liberals and Conservatives neck and neck as the race to 2019 takes shape
[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.
Millennial Homebuyers Could Be Making a Big Financial Mistake
[Source: Abacus Data] Today, 43% say they would prefer to see the Liberals re-elected next year, and 57% would prefer a change in government. Last July 50% said they would prefer the Liberals to be re-elected. This shift means the landscape is more competitive today, but worth bearing in mind that the Liberals were elected with just under 40% of the vote in 2015.
Podcasting gains momentum
[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.
Majority of Ontario Residents are in Support of Doug Ford’s First Actions as Premier
[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.
Fixed or variable mortgage? Canadians divided, even as interest rates appear set to rise: CIBC poll
[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.
Border crossers: most Canadians don't believe government has a clear plan
[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.
INFINITI LAB Toronto Startup SmartTones Fast-Tracked to Global Accelerator in Hong Kong
[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.
Mill Street Brewery core lineup of brands certified organic
[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.
Canadians Blowing Annual Budgets by Summertime
[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.
Maru/Blue expands into the UK market
[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.
[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.