BILL NEAL:10—I am not gonna lie to you…I mean I have in the past so I am not above doing it…But not this time. Yes, I was at my spot, and the spot was cold. But I-DID-NOT-CALL-THIS-ONE! Well, for that matter, who did? Nobody thought the boys were coming back from that first half butt kickin’…No-body! But this is Steelers Country and those six shining stars over at the South Side didn’t get there by accident. Here we go Steelers, here we go!!!:09—Let’s see if Kevin Cameron calls now. Oh yea, he’ll ring-a-ding when the Quipps win. But where is he when the mighty Aliquippa wagon bites the dust?
- Scotiabank CEO wants top-up for child tax credit, grants for businesses
TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Tara Deschamps PaulMcKinnon/iStock The head of the Bank of Nova Scotia is urging Ottawa to adopt a series of policy changes to help parents, businesses of all sizes and companies trade between provinces.Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter said Tuesday that he wants to see a top-up to the annual Canada Child Benefit and childcare expense deductions, the introduction of a grant for businesses to make capital investments and the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers. Keywords Banking industry, Budget, Canada Child Benefit Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Speaking at the bank’s annual general meeting, which was held virtually for the second time because of the pandemic, he positioned his pitches as an opportunity to learn from the health crisis because “we have seen over the last year, the decisions we make matter.”“We have an opportunity today to pursue policies that ensure that Canada does not just go back to the pre-pandemic growth but achieves even higher and better growth for a sustained period,” he said.Porter’s ideas come ahead of the April 19 federal budget and he believes they would help grow the economy, increase the number of working Canadians and make the country stronger and more prosperous.First, Porter called for the Canada Child Benefit to be topped up by $5,000 per kid.In July, the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit reached up to $6,765 per child under age six and up to $5,708 for kids aged six to 17.Families already receiving the Canada Child Benefit also got a one-time $300 boost per child last year.On top of the benefit increase, Porter is advocating for a significant increase to the childcare expense deductions to allow parents to fully deduct the cost of preschool child care.Under the current rules, parents and guardians can claim up to $8,000 per child for kids under the age of seven and $5,000 per child for children aged seven to 16.While childcare costs vary across the country, Porter said increasing the amount to $20,000 per child per year should cover the cost of daycare in every Canadian city.It will also help keep women in the workforce, said Porter, because women are more likely to put careers on hold or abandon to raise children.“Providing greater flexibility to families to find childcare arrangements that are best suited for them is good for women, it’s good for families, and it’s good for the country,” he said.Porter also wants a one-time, matching grant for businesses to make capital investments in machinery, equipment, and intellectual property.The grant would help small businesses digitize, medium-sized businesses retool for efficiency and large businesses become more sustainable, he said.His final ask was for the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers — a longtime demand for the bank.“Let’s prioritize free trade between provinces and territories in the same way we prioritize free trade between countries,” he said.According to Porter, the International Monetary Fund estimates that complete liberalization of internal trade in goods can increase Canada’s GDP per capita by about four% per year. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
- CU-Boulder Prof Honored With International Medal
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail University of Colorado at Boulder Professor William Lewis has been awarded the International Society of Limnology’s highest honor for his lifetime contributions to scientific studies of lakes, ponds and rivers.A professor in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and in the environmental, population and organismic biology department, Lewis was honored with the prestigious Einar Naumann-August Theinemann Medal at the 27th International Limnology Congress held in Dublin, Ireland, in August.The former chair of the National Research Council’s Wetlands Committee, Lewis was cited “for his extraordinary comprehensive analyses of the physical, chemical, and biological limnology of tropical rivers and lakes, regulation of ecosystem functions and the trenchant insights into the understanding of comparative regional limnology.”Lewis, who served as chair of the EPO biology department from 1990 to 1995, is director of CU-Boulder’s Center for Limnology and an internationally known researcher in the study of aquatic ecosystems. Lewis and a team of CU-Boulder faculty and students have conducted extensive research on the ecology of the massive Orinoco River in Venezuela during the past decade.He also served as chair of CU-Boulder’s Council of Chairs for the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 1995. Lewis came to CU in 1974 after earning a doctorate in zoology from the University of Indiana at Bloomington.In 1996, he was named recipient of the Sustained Achievement Award by the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation of Bethesda, Md., for his work in advancing science and helping to manage and conserve Earth’s natural resources.He also served as chair of the NRC’s Grand Canyon Environmental Oversight Committee and is a member of the National Research Council’s Water Sciences and Technology Board. Published: Sept. 13, 1998