TCL 4K 55″ Ultra HD Smart LED Television On Sale on Amazon.ca

Summer has come to an end, and the leafs are changing colours. Before you know it we will have snowstorms and windchill temperatures of -20C for weeks at a time.

But with enough preparation for hibernation and good Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts – it might not be so bad. And yes , now would be a good time to invest into a new 4K TV.

Good thing, Amazon just lowered the prices for both the 55″ 4K and 65″ 4K inches TVs. TVs have smart functionality offers access to thousands of streaming channels featuring more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV. They do pair 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture.

You can now buy TCL 55″ 4K TV for only $399 Canadian + taxes – reduced by $70 or 15%. If you want to get a bit bigger TV you can get 65″ 4K TV for its listed price of only $649.98 Canadian plus tax reduced by $50 or 7%.

Reviews for both TVs are rated around 4.5 out of 5. Some reviews claim that “If you’re looking for a great quality 4k TV on a budget, then this is the right TV for you!

With prices as cheap as $399 for 4K 55″ smart TV, you can sit back, relax and enjoy that nice new resolution while Canadian winter lasts. We will see you when the hibernation ends.. June 2020.

Transunion canada says data on 37,000 canadians have been compromised

Transunion, a consumer credit reporting agency, now says that data of over 37,000 Canadians have been compromised last summer.

This is the largest attack on Canadians when it comes to credit agencies. Another hacker attack on Equifax compromised 147 million people, including 19,000 Canadians.

Some took to Twitter asking the hackers to update their credit score

Transunion said that data was accessed through an account given to a 3rd party and was not due to a hack.

“The unauthorized access was not the result of a breach or failure of TransUnion’s systems or our customer’s system.

In August, we learned that CWB National Leasing’s account was illegally used by an unauthorized third party to perform unauthorized credit checks.”

Maya Filipovic

Spokeswoman for Transunion

Transunion was not specific on which data exactly was compromised.

Trudeau Promises To Cut Cell Phones Bills by 25%

If you have traveled around the world , you probably know, that in Canada we have one of the most expensive cell phone bills on the planet.

Justin Trudeau came to the rescue last week saying that if reelected he will cut the cell phone bills by 25% in the next 4 years.

As Canadians, we pay some of the highest prices in the world for cell phone services, while Canadian Telecom companies are among the most profitable in the developed world.

To help lower monthly cell phone bills and bring costs in line with what people pay in other countries, we will move forward with cutting the cost of these services by 25 per cent in the next two years by using the government’s regulatory powers,saving an average middle class family of four nearly $1,000 per year.

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Liberal Party of Canada

NDP has also proposed the idea of capping internet and cell phone bills if elected.

Robert Ghiz, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, has mentioned to CBC, that cell phone bills have already been reduced by 30% in the last 3 years and continue going down.

He warned not to put caps on prices of internet and cell phone bills.

As we enter a world of 5G, it is critical that we encourage investment in network technology, the backbone of the Canadian economy. We need to balance driving affordability with investing long-term so Canadians continue to enjoy world-class networks

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Robert Ghiz

CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Quebec Workforce including Computer Teachers Now Ask “Can I wear a hijab?”

The landscape of recruiting top talent has taken a turn in Quebec. The province’s Bill 21 is the only legislation in North America that imposes a secular dress code for public servants. This means that you can be fired for any religious attire you wear to work if your employer provides government services to the general public.

However, some companies are adopting the push for a secular workforce in other sectors. In 2019, the province boasts the lowest unemployment rate since 1976, leaving job seekers with many employment options… and many questions. Employers need to introduce inclusive and diverse recruitment strategies to set candidate minds at ease.

Montreal’s leading sales & marketing recruiter, Melanie Diotte with Eximius Personnel, raised the issue in a recent LinkedIn post that has resonated with many community members.

“It wasn’t the first time this topic came up. I felt I needed to shine a light on it and see what my network of professions had experienced. I’m fortunate to work with clients who value a diverse work force and welcome hires based on their skills and talents, not based on their religious affiliations.”

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Melanie Diotte

Sales Recruiter, Eximius Personnel

But this is not the case everywhere. A commenter shared “I hear people saying loudly that they will never accept a women with hijab.” These types of comments in a professional setting are damaging to the morale of the existing work force and eat away at the working culture organizations work hard to build.

Some are quick to blame the current government, but others point out the fact that discrimination has always existed in Quebec’s society. Having said all that, commenters agree that it’s not right and it’s immoral, but it doesn’t make it less evident, and it doesn’t stop at Islam. The law covers religious symbols across the board.

At the end of the day, Melanie said it best: “what a sad state of affairs this city is in“ where we’re asking ourselves, and each other, these types of questions when it comes to our career journey. As an advocate for the candidates she represents, it’s heart-breaking to have conversations with them, and with employers, around topics that were a given, and illegal to discuss in the context of a job offer a short time ago.

What makes it more frustrating is that the topic of wearing religious symbols remains irrelevant to performance, experience and skillsets.

Operating in Quebec has a new layer of complexity and businesses need to figure out what side of the fence they’re on. Has it affected your business?

Montreal Firm Sues Fortnite developer for its addictiveness

Montreal law firm says that Epic Games, developer of highly popular game – Fortnight, should pay up. The law firm has asked Quebec government to authorize permission to launch a class-action lawsuit.

The law firm claims that Epic Games made the game addictive on purpose to sell more games and even went as far as hiring psychologists to make it even more addictive.

Law firm says that playing Fortnight is like doing drugs like cocaine. It has exactly the same level of addictiveness.

Law firm says that two Montreal families came to it because they were concerned of how much their kids were playing the game and were worried.

Epic Games, when they created Fortnite, for years and years, hired psychologists — they really dug into the human brain and they really made the effort to make it as addictive as possible.

They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth.

In our case, the two parents that came forward and told, ‘If we knew it was so addictive it would ruin our child’s life, we would never have let them start playing Fortnite or we would have monitored it a lot more closely.

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Alessandra Esposito Chartrand (interview with CBC)

an Attorney with Calex Légal

Epic Games is a company of over 3,500 employees in the US, Montreal and many other locations around the world.

Lawyers say the company had a duty to inform players of how addictive the game is. It likens it to smoking cigarettes and big $15B tobacco ruling payout that was received from 2015 Quebec Superior Court ruling.

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Lawyers said they are trying to protect the consumer and that Fortnite makers dug into consumers brain to make it very addictive.

It not clear how they intend on launching class action suite as company’s terms of service include a class-action waiver provision.

Lawyers in Quebec say that the provision does not apply in Quebec as Quebec does not need to follow the class-action waiver and instead need to follow Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act.

More than 125 million players currently play the game worldwide.

Liberals Will Raise Taxes On Some Tech Firms If Elected

Larger size tech firms operating in Canada can soon find themselves paying millions more to the Canadian government in form of taxes.

Liberals claim that the new tax will generate over $2.5 billion dollars in taxes over 4 years from the tech giants.

Liberals will collect it through additional 3% tax on any profits that are made from Canadian consumers.

You do not have to worry about this tax if your company generates less than $1 billion dollar in global revenues and $40 million in Canadian revenues a year.

So only companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google will get taxed under this arrangement.

This is very similar to the tax enacted in France where companies over $1b have to cough up 3% on sales to French consumers. This tax will only apply to advertising and digital inter-mediation services.

The party also says it will crack down on loopholes such as businesses purchasing expensive items and writing them off as business. They want to enact 10% luxury tax on expensive cars, boats and airplanes. So much for buying that private plane to see your customers in timely manner.

Happy Capitalism!