Can Frugality Trump Honesty?

Accusation | Source: h.koppdelaney on FlickrHave you ever lied to get a deal? Even just a little white lie or a fib? This is a topic that has always fascinated me. To what lengths is it ok to go in order to get a deal or save some money? What is taboo and what is acceptable? What am I talking about? Why are all my sentences in the form of questions? Sorry, I got carried away there for a second. Let me give an example.

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Navigating the Ontario Trillium Benefit

Taxes, Calculator and Glasses | Source: Images_of_MoneyLike many of you I’m sure, I’ve been working on preparing my tax return for the year, and as a resident of Ontario, I’ve been trying to figure out the new Ontario Trillium Benefit. What is the Ontario Trillium Benefit? Well, the Ontario Trillium Benefit is a new program from the Government of Ontario which combines three old tax credits into one, including:

  • the Ontario Sales Tax Credit
  • the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit
  • the Northern Ontario Energy Credit

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The Value of the Public Library

Library | Source: Paul LowryOn Monday morning, I woke up and walked to the office just like any other morning. I usually pass by a number of newspaper boxes along the way, and I scan the day’s headlines. Monday’s headline was – “Talks Fail as Toronto Library Workers Go on Strike”. I didn’t pay much attention at first. Then I did a double take. Wait, what? I didn’t even know the library workers were in negotiations. As a response, termed their ‘contingency plan’, the City of Toronto has shut down every public library in the city for the duration of the strike. As I talked to people on Monday, I realized that no one was expecting this. And then I realized how many people this impacts.

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