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November 1, 2011


     Ontario is fast approaching a bit of a surprising 20th anniversary.  In June 1992 the government of Bob Rae, back when he was a New Democrat, passed the Retail Business Holidays act, officially opening the doors to Sunday shopping in Ontario.  I say it’s a surprising anniversary, because its difficult to fathom that as recently as 20 years ago, retailers were prohibited by law from opening their doors to their customers on Sunday.  It’s similarly difficult to imagine that until relatively... View Article

November 1, 2011

Growing Old

      Recently I’ve encountered more and more reminders that I am shifting from one generation to another. I look at people twenty years my junior and think that still ought to be me. Then I’ll catch a glimpse of my children walking through the house and think that I cannot possibly have kids that so closely resemble adults.  Though my body reminds me otherwise, I still feel like I should be in my twenties.  Yet the reminders that... View Article

August 1, 2011

Not Afraid to Fail

     Like many sales-related industries, the real estate sales industry is fertile territory for panderers of self help books, tapes, DVD’s, etc, and as such I have become vaguely familiar with the genre. Emphasis on the word “vaguely”, for though I have over the years begun reading many of these books, I confess that I have finished very few. Not because I have issue with the content – to the contrary, I generally find myself nodding in agreement as... View Article

June 1, 2011

Climb Everest or Mow the Lawn?

     The Globe and Mail’s weekend addition always has a great obituary section that I read without fail. In addition to an obit-itorial, often about a world figure that has passed away in the preceding week there are family sponsored obituaries about local citizens. I would presume that the quarter page in which some families invest is not an inexpensive proposition. Consequently, the folks of whom you read, are usually what one might consider high achievers. It is never... View Article