KeatsConnelly Cross-Border Weekly Best of the Web 2013-12-20

web-search-greyEvery week we share news stories, blog articles and other interesting stuff from around the web that received the most views, shares, comments and overall interest on various KeatsConnelly social media outlets. This week we offer a mix of articles discussing inflation, Canada’s skilled labor shortage, and Canadians’ generosity.

Canada’s inflation rate creeps higher, still short of central bank’s target ( Canada’s annual inflation rate  crept higher in November to 0.9 per cent from 0.7 per cent in October but remained below the central bank’s target range, ensuring that chronically weak inflation will remain on policy makers’ radar as a top concern. Retail sales in October came in weaker than expected, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday…

Canada doing a poor job of measuring the skills-shortage problem ( The debate over whether Canada is experiencing a jobs shortage, a skills shortage, both or neither has heated up in recent months – fuelled in no small part not only by the stalling economic recovery, but also by a few questionable comments from the recently minted Employment Minister, Jason Kenney…

Canadians make time for charity ( Canadians’  generosity will be on display this year with 86% reporting that they’ll engage in some sort of charitable activity during the holiday season, shows a BMO Harris study.The study also revealed how Canadians intend to support various charitable causes during the months of November and December:

  • 52%      have already, or will be, donating money
  • 49%      have already, or will be, donating canned goods or a food basket
  • 47%      have already, or will be, donating clothing
  • 23%      have already, or will be, volunteering

Come back next week for more interesting news and articles. Enjoy your weekend!

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