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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Favorite Personal Finance Books

Books in a LibraryMost of what I’ve learned about personal finance, I’ve learned by reading either blogs or books. Every week, I tell you about what I’m reading in the blogosphere, but I thought now would be a good time to talk about some of the personal finance books that have gotten me to where I am today. I hope to review all of these individually and in detail over time, but for now, here is a list. These are all timeless books that I would recommend to anyone looking to learn more about personal finance.

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