Less is more: Majority of Canadians want to simplify their lives

[Source: Simplii Financial] TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians from coast-to-coast agree: it's time to simplify their lives, finds a new survey from Simplii Financial.  Whether it's clearing up clutter, getting a handle on email, or reducing the time spent on routine tasks such as laundry or grocery shopping, the vast majority of Canadians (87 per cent) want life to be more simple.

"Canadians are finding life too busy in many ways and want fewer burdens and more joy. The start of the year is the perfect time to put a plan in place to reduce wasted time and energy and clear the way for what really counts," says Corby Fine, Vice-President at Simplii Financial. "Think about how you can do less – less clutter, less waste, less spending – to do more of what you want in the year ahead."

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Canadians say paying down debt is their top financial priority in 2019

[Source: CIBC] TORONTO, Dec. 27, 2018 /CNW/ - A new CIBC poll finds paying down debt is the No. 1 financial priority for Canadians heading into 2019, the ninth consecutive year debt repayment has topped the annual survey. Further, almost a third (29 per cent) say they've taken on more debt in the past 12 months citing day-to-day expenses as the top reason for piling up debt. 

"Debt weighs heavily on Canadians, so it's no surprise that Canadians continue to put debt concerns at the top of their list of priorities each year. Debt can be a useful tool for achieving long term goals such as home ownership or funding education, but if you're turning to debt to make ends meet, it may be time for cash-flow planning instead," says Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, CIBC Financial Planning and Advice who shares tips in a new video. 

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Ford's approval rating down 5% since his election

[Source: CityNews] Six months after being elected premier, Doug Ford’s approval numbers appear to be slipping.

An exclusive poll for CityNews by DART Insight found that Ford’s approval rating is at 35 per cent — down two points from September and five points since the provincial election.

“This follows the Toronto municipal election which incorporated the downsizing of the city council by provincial fiat and a series of other self-inflicted political distractions,” the poll’s findings state.

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Survey suggests Canadians still feel warmth for 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

[Source: CTV News] TORONTO -- A new survey suggests most Canadians have warm feelings for the holiday song "Baby it's Cold Outside," despite controversy over its lyrics.

The national poll by Campaign Research found 72 per cent of respondents disagreed with radio stations that pulled the song from airwaves because some listeners found the lyrics upsetting.

Canadians older than 45 were most likely to disagree, with 75 per cent opposed to a ban, while those aged 18 to 24 were most likely to agree, with 26 per cent supporting a ban.

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Budgeting to be a Baller: The Cost-Saving and Money-Spending Habits of Vacationing Canadians

[Source: Skyscanner] TORONTO, Dec. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- There’s a new way to travel and it’s saving Canadians thousands of dollars. From sleeping in a train station or airport, to skipping meals, Canadians are ‘splurgetting’ on their vacation – a growing trend in which travellers take a hybrid approach and scrimp on some aspects of their holiday so that they have extra cash to spend on luxury bucket-list activities -- according to a new study commissioned by online travel company Skyscanner.  The study of more than 1,500 Canadian travellers conducted by research firm Maru/Blue showed that nearly half of respondents (45 per cent) confirmed they are adopting an alternative to the traditional budget holiday, particularly if they travel twice or more annually.

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Canadians planning to play hooky this holiday season

[Source: RetailMeNot] TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2018 /CNW/ -- Is it 4 p.m. yet? If so, chances are a third of your coworkers could have already snuck out to start their holiday shopping! According to a recent survey from savings destination RetailMeNot.ca, over one third of working Canadians (37 per cent) say they would leave work early to do at least some of their holiday shopping. And it's no wonder they're packing up early - almost half of Canadians (41 per cent) admit they have not yet finished purchasing their gifts, leaving only a few weeks to make their list and check it twice.

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Maru/Blue Announces Launch of Maru Voice UK

London, UK – (December 4, 2018) – Today, Maru/Blue—premium quality data services firm—announces the launch of Maru Voice UK. Maru Voice UK is a global expansion of the Maru/Blue online market research panels, joining Maru Voice Canada and Springboard America, (launched in 2006 and 2009, Canada's and the United State’s leading online market research panels). Maru Voice UK will now provide people in the UK with the opportunity to voice their opinions on a variety of topics and issues.

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CNW | Don't miss a moment this holiday season with the new PC® Insiders Collection™

[Source: Loblaw Companies Limited] - The holidays are approaching and although it's the most magical time of the year, it can also be the most stressful one.  With almost half* of Canadians preparing to entertain 10 or more people this holiday season, Canadians can find themselves struggling to balance the time spent in the kitchen making meals, with the time spent with family and friends, making memories.

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Majority of Ontarians disapprove of Doug Ford's job performance: poll

[Source: Daily Hive] Doug Ford’s recent labour reforms may have affected the way Ontarians view the Premier and his party.

According to the latest Campaign Research poll, Ford’s approval rating with respect to his job performance took a hit with results coming in at 37% approval, and 63% disapproval of his performance. Specifically, 41% of men and 34% of women approved of his performance.

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What is it that keeps Canadians up at night?

[Source: The Star] - Canadians are worried about a lot of things these days, according to a new survey, but they’re not the things dominating the current political debate.

The results of this new Public Square Research poll, made available exclusively to the Star, are a wake-up call to those plotting next year’s federal election campaign. There appears to be a significant mismatch between what’s keeping many Canadians awake at night and what the politicians, of all stripes, are talking about every day in the Commons or in the political headlines.

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More than a pipe-dream: Two-thirds of Canadians are thinking about taking a life-sabbatical - and some are already saving for it

[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.

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Maru/Blue Announces Exclusive Cannabis Community

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.”

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Millennial Men And Women Are Divided On Race And Gender Issues, New Poll Finds

[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.

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Buying Legal Weed In Canada: Most Canadians Don't Know Where To Get It, Survey Finds

[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.

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.

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Maru/Blue Announces Launch of Agile Self-Serve

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.

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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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