Canada Small Business News Round-up – 08/07/2008

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from Canada:

  • Lobby group jumps on Taxes: Business – Calgary businesses are unfairly burdened by property taxes five times higher than the average homeowner, charges a small business lobby group.
  • Pesky telemarketers may finally be out of luck: We have all experienced the unpleasantness of a telemarketer calling during dinner, a family gathering, or even while sleeping. Luckily, soon this inconvenience may be a thing of the past, as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will be introducing a national do not call list (DNCL).
  • The Case Against Vacation Policy: IT consulting firm Bluewolf lets employees take as much vacation as they want, whenever they want—as long as they meet their goals
  • Rising Health-Care Costs Hurt Small Biz: A survey of some 4,000 self-employed individuals and business owners with 10 or fewer employees finds most can’t afford to offer health insurance to employees.
  • Capital Cost Allowance: A definition of Capital Cost Allowance and an explanation of how Capital Cost Allowance relates to income tax deductions for Canadian small business owners.
  • Small business shows confidence: Alberta’s small businesses remain optimistic despite a countrywide decline in the confidence of owners of small and medium-sized businesses, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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