JOKE: Survival Tip

Survival Tip:  If you ever got lost in the woods, just start talking about politics and someone will show up to argue with you:

VIDEO: Chestermere-Strathmore All Candidates Forum Chestermere Rec Center Thursday April 11th 7:25pm

UPDATED: April 12 2019 – The video of the live stream forum is now avialable: Synergy will be hosting the Chestermere-Strathmore All Candidates Forum at the Chestermere Rec Center Thursday April 11th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm and we will be live streaming it right here. We are expecting to see the Leela Aheer (UCP), Derek Fildebrandt (Freedom Conservative Party), Jason Avramenko (Alberta Party), Melissa Langmaid (NDP) and others at this event. AGENDA: 6:30 – 7:00 pm Written questions will be…

VIDEO: Chestermere-Strathmore All Candidates Debate Monday April 8th 7pm

UPDATED: April 12 2019 – The video of the live stream forum is now avialable: https://youtu.be/GdW4NBupzw4  The Strathmore and Chestermere Chambers of Commerce are hosting an all candidates forum and PartisanIssues.com will be live streaming it (via our sister site URTech.ca YouTube channel). The Forum will focus entirely on business-related issues.  If you have a business specific question you would like to ask the Alberta election candidates, send them to [email protected] . We are hoping to see the Leela Aheer…

VIDEO: Economic Need Does Not A Refugee Make & How Far Voters Will Go To Protect Their Borders

The cover of this weeks “The Atlantic” prompts a well logic’d article by David Frum (son of Barbara Frum and former speech writer for George W Bush), in which he explains two key points: the history and intent of refugee / asylum laws voters around the globe will select near fascists as a way to protect their borders As Mr. Frum correctly points out, the number of refugees (largely from Central America countries like Nicaragua) to the United States has…

VIDEO: Who Believes Conspiracy Theories?

Nearly 60% of people in the US, Canada and Britain believe in at least one notable conspiracy theory.   This includes: 5% of Americans think airplane vapor trails are poison gas controlled by the government 46% of Americans believe in haunting’s or ghosts 60% of Americans believe the US Government had something to do with the murder of John F Kennedy 55% of Americans believe the US Government is withholding critical information about 9/11 attacks or was directly involved in the…

VIDEO: Are Seniors Polluting The Internet & Distorting Elections By Sharing Fake News? The Research Might Surprise You

Earlier today I had a 61 year old, high school educated, well traveled co-worker tell me that on 911 the Pentagon was hit with a US Military controlled cruise missile and not a terrorist controlled airliner. Millions of people believe fully debunked conspiracy theories and enjoy sharing their views.  It seems that regardless of how much common sense and scientific evidence is presented: “…at least 20% of Americans still believe in a link between vaccines and autism, and at least…

Provincial Showdown In Chestermere – Alberta UCP vs Freedom Conservative Party

Chestermere will be the site of Alberta’s most contentious leaders debate in the 2019 election cycle. Derek Fildebrandt is the sitting member of the Alberta Legislature for the riding of Strathmore-Brooks.  Leela Aheer is the sitting member for Chestermere-Rocky View.  These two ridings have had their boundaries redrawn and the majority of the voters in this region will be part of the new Chestermere-Strathmore riding.  This put Fildebrandt and Aheer in direct competition and is likely to become especially ugly…

The Value of a College / University Dropout

We have all heard of the bizillionaire who dropped out of College and became fabulously wealthy and happy, but let’s face it, you are not Marc Zuckerberg or Bill Gates.  You can also find the odd 90 year old still smoking a pack a day, but again, we both know that won’t be you, so you had better plan ahead and education is the single largest non-subjective predictor of a solid financial future. Let’s quickly look at some of the…

How Long Does A Company Have To Notify Employees of a Data Breach under GDPR, PIPEDA and PIPA

If a company has a data breach involving personal data (i.e. staff names, addresses, Social Insurance numbers), there are three laws that may apply in Canada: 1 – PIPEDA – Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act – Canada PIPEDA is Canada’s federal law covering cyber privacy and mandates that “… notification shall be given as soon as feasible…”.  We have called the Office of the Privacy Commissioner who is the regulator and asked for clarification on what “…as soon…

Alberta Provincial Debt By Political Party and Lending Nation

The simple sunburst graphic below shows: how much debt Alberta has as of March 2019 which political party took on that debt which countries Alberta owes money to According to the Tax Payers Federation of Canada, Alberta is currently adding debt at a rate of $344 per second, $20K per minute, $1.25M per hour. If you are interested in this topic you may also like our recent article: Alberta’s NDP Borrowed 2.4 Times As Much Money In Their Last 3…

Alberta’s NDP Borrowed 2.4 Times As Much Money In Their Last 3 Years Compared to the PC’s

Since the Alberta election call this week, there has been much talk of spending problems in both the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party (PC, now the United Conservative Party UCP) and the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP). To make an apples to apples comparison, we made four assumptions: the first year of any government is really the financial responsibility of the previous government, so we ‘charged’ : the PC’s with March 2013 through March 2016 the NDP with March 2016 through…

The Great Browning: Why White Supremacists Are Doomed

It is understandable that people often prefer to associate with people of their own groups.  It is just easier to converse, live with and do business with people that share a similar background.  Personally, I find that boring, but understandable. The Great Browning is the notion that over the next few hundred years the concepts of White, Black, Asian, … will all be relegated to the history books as nearly everyone’s skin will be some light shade of brown.  The…

Muslims are 1% of the American Population but Account for About Half of All US Terror Attacks

With the sad news of the Christchurch New Zealand terrorist attack being carried out by yet another White Supremacist, we had read and seen dozens of news reports with titles like: US terror attacks are increasingly motivated by right-wing views.  We started investigating this article believing the major media’s claim that that 70% of terror attacks in the United States are White Supremacist related: Over the last decade, 71% of domestic extremist related killings in the US were linked to…

How Antitrust Corporate Breakups Should Be Good For Shareholders and Society

The first time you heard of antitrust laws being used to break up large companies you likely thought that that it would result in a destruction wealth.  Depending upon your political persuasion or past experience with the company, that may or may not have bothered you. However, it is important to remember that the driver behind antitrust law is to increase competition and innovation, there by creating more wealth.  In fact, breaking up large companies is usually advantageous to the…

SOLVED: What Affects Your Credit Score?

Have you ever wondered what really affects your credit score?  Did that late car payment really make a difference?  Does having too many companies ask about your credit rating, affect the rating?  Well, here are the answers: 1 – PAYMENT HISTORY = 35% Making payments on time is the most important. 2 – AMOUNT OWED = 30% Obviously your credit score is heavily affected by the amount you owe relative to your net worth. 3 – Length of Credit History…

Fastest Rising & Falling Corporate Reputations In 2019

If you think Samsung can’t get over blowing up batteries and Telsa can do no wrong… your wrong 🙂 .   Samsung moved up 28 places between 2018 and 2019 while Tesla dropped a stunning 39 places in the same period. The following research conducted by Harris Insights and Analytics with Axios Research is an annual consumer survey that ranks the the top 100 companies.  It is different from most surveys because it is done in two parts. The first part…