New Brunswick leads the way towards reopening (Ontario lags behind)

A new report shows that New Brunswick is Canada’s most open province right now, with two thirds of businesses – 67 per cent – being fully open again. Ontario is currently the province still experiencing the most lockdown with just 43 per cent of businesses being open. The other Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and…

Some industries won’t survive COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed many businesses and caused great harm to others. We looked into which industries were suffering the most, which were likely to struggle over the long term, and which were unlikely to come back. Here are the sectors and business types that experts seem to believe will have a difficult time…

4 skills you’ll need to thrive post COVID lockdown

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown, businesses are bringing employees back and even hiring new ones. We’re all beginning to adapt to what many are calling a “new normal,” though that language is already getting a bit old. We’re living in a strange time, and it’s hard to know how to label it….

Stats Can: Less than 40 per cent of Canadians can possibly work from home

The physical distancing rules we’ve all been following in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in a large number of Canadians working from home, many for the first time. This sudden transition to how we do business raises interesting questions about just how many jobs can reasonably be done remotely. While…

Survey: What will summer vacations look like for Canadians in 2020?

Well, the warm weather is finally here. After the long Canadian winter, the summer months are when many of us plan to take our vacations. Serious business generally slows down for July and August as the kids are off school and workplaces run with a skeleton crew. This year will be a little bit different….

New research says your job could (literally) be killing you

Have you ever had to work for a micromanager? It can feel very demotivating. Well, it turns out that it’s even worse than that. It can actually be lethal. One of the benefits of working from home is the greater amount of autonomy that usually comes with it. Employers can see the results of your…

Study: People can’t remember the last time they wore pants

Have you noticed a number of new phrases and words entering your vocabulary lately? Suddenly you can’t turn on the radio or look at a screen without encountering a reference to ‘physical distancing,’ ‘covidiots,’ and ‘flattening the curve.’ I saw a new one over the weekend. Social media users were referring to ‘hard pants.’ It…

Is the handshake over? What should replace it?

Once considered an essential skill, a small gesture that could reveal a great deal about your character and confidence, the traditional handshake may be a thing of the past. With so many of us spending months and months staying at least two metres away from other people, how comfortable will we be suddenly clasping palms…