Canadian Employment – January, 2018

Canadian employment was up slightly in December, rising by 9,300 jobs. The national unemployment held steady at 5.6 per cent, the lowest it has been since 1976. Total employment for all of 2018 increased by 163,000 jobs, a 0.9 per cent rise over 2017.
In BC, employment grew by 4,400 jobs in December as full-time work jumped by almost 23,000 jobs but was offset by a drop in part-time employment.  On a year-over-year basis, employment was up 1.8 per cent and the provincial unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.4 per cent, the lowest rate among all provinces. 

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Other January Firsts

Aside from New Year’s Day, here are more interesting and notable January remembrances and celebrations:

  • 1913 – US Patent #1,049,667 was granted to William Burton for the manufacture of gasoline.
  • 1930 – The Mickey Mouse cartoon first appeared in newspapers.
  • 1922 – Insulin was first used in the treatment of diabetes. Insulin was discovered by Sir Frederick G Banting, Charles H Best and JJR Macleod at the University of Toronto and purified by James B. Collip.
  • 1880 – US Patent #223,898 was granted to Thomas A. Edison, for “an electric lamp for giving light by incandescence.”

The Invention Of January

Happy January, the traditional first month of the year! January is named for Janus, the Roman god of the doorway or the gatekeeper, which is appropriate as January is the doorway of the year.

But how did January get to be the first month of the year?

January 1 became the first day of the New Year in 45 B.C.E. when Julius Caesar reorganized the current calendar, making it solar rather than lunar.

Until that point, March 25 — the spring equinox — was generally considered the logical start of the New Year.

Caesar’s Julian Calendar was the predominant calendar in the Roman world, most of Europe, and in European settlements in the Americas and elsewhere, until it was replaced by the Gregorian calendar, disseminated in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.

The Best Pets For Young Children

Taking care of a pet can be a valuable learning experience for children. Just be sure to choose the right pet for your child and your family. Dogs and cats aren’t the only possibilities. Here’s a look at some other options for animal companionship:

  • Fish. Perhaps one of the easiest pets to take care of, fish don’t take much beyond cleaning their tanks and feeding them. They don’t require much interaction and are a popular starter pet for most children.
  • Ants/earthworms. If you and your child aren’t easily grossed out,ants or earthworms could be a good choice. Ideal for outdoorsy and science-oriented kids, ants are quite capable of taking care of themselves. Just don’t leave the lid off  thecontainer or let it get knocked over. As for earthworms, they’re low-maintenance and can be moved to your garden if your child loses interest.
  • Rodents. Small mammals such as mice, rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs are excellent pets for those who do not have a great deal of living space. Handle them with care when feeding and exercising them, and clean their cages often.
  • Birds. Birds such as parakeets or finches can make excellent pets if you make the commitment. Selecting the right kind of bird is key, as their temperament and level of activity should be matched to the family. It can take time to train them, and they can live several years, so be sure that a bird really fits with your family.

Lead With Positive Attributes

The success of any team (not to mention your own family!) depends on the positive attitudes of its members and its leaders. Demonstrate—and reinforce—these important personal guidelines:

  • Ego control. Can you and the rest of your team put your group’s priorities first? Push aside your individual ambitions and focus on the goals of the team.
  • Admitting mistakes. Be willing to honestly concede any errors that you make so that the team can recover and move on to larger success.
  • Constructive disagreement. Hiding your expertise to avoid conflict won’t help the team achieve its goals. Everyone has to be willing to stand up for their ideas and to listen respectfully to other points of view.
  • Positive spin. Instead of saying, “You’re being stubborn,” say, “I notice you’re very determined right now.” You’ll have better results trying to get things done.
  • Accept responsibility. Sometimes the situation is your fault. If you notice the same problems coming up repeatedly, ask yourself if there’s something about you that’s getting in the way here.

Which December will you choose?

Whether or not you’re a fan of science fiction, the possibility exists that we experience some form of time travel in December.

Perhaps the first fictional account of time travel can be found in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (1843), and no time machine was needed; just a bit of imagination.

You know the story… In the iconic tale, three ghosts transport miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through his past, present and possible future to witness the consequences his actions have on the lives of others. Ultimately, his own visions present Scrooge with the opportunity to improve his behavior and change the future.

You may think time travel is sheer science fiction because we only travel to the past through our imagination and memories. Yet, experience shows we have perfected our ability to journey into the future. Our “time machine” is a combination of the choices we make and the actions we take which alter the future.

December compels us to make it to the annual finish line, to be busy, to buy presents, and to strive for perfection. However, December also invites us to remember the reason we work hard is to take time off, to provide love and emotional support, and to be present with the people who matter most.

Which December will you choose?

A Hug Beats A Fight

The next time your small child throws a temper tantrum, try giving a hug instead of a lecture. You might be surprised at how effective a hug can be in quieting a child in the midst of a meltdown. Hugs can defuse a child’s hurt or anger, making it easier for him or her to listen to what you have to say.

Once calm, your child can take part in a larger discussion about the problem and his or her behavior. Children do better when they feel secure and loved, no matter what.

BC Home Sales Continue at Slower Pace

Vancouver, BC – December 14, 2018. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,179 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) across the province in November, down 33.1 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $718,903, a decline of 1.9 per cent from November 2017. Total sales dollar volume was $3.7 billion, a 34.3 per cent decline from November 2017.

“BC households continue to struggle with the sharp decline in purchasing power caused by the B20 mortgage stress test,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Most BC regions are now exhibiting relative balance between supply and demand.”

Total active residential listings were up nearly 31 per cent to 33,500 units in November, compared to the same month last year. However, it should be noted that this compares to 2017, when active listings for the month of November were at their lowest level in more than 15 years.

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 23.1 per cent to $53.4 billion, compared with the same period in 2017. Residential unit sales declined 23.6 per cent to 74,847 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 0.7 per cent to $713,302.

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With Experience Comes Wisdom

Lumbering is a dangerous occupation, but one instructor became famous for training novices to bring down the tallest pines with the fewest injuries.

One day a group of instructors arrived to learn his methods. He was willing to demonstrate and had everyone follow him to where the tall trees were being cut. The instructor sent some novices high into the pines to trim branches before felling the trees. However, as soon as they all were high in the treetops, he surprised the observers by taking a nap while the class worked above him.

It was only when the rookies had worked their way down about 20 feet above ground that he awoke. He began to watch them very carefully and warn them to watch their footing, test their weight before venturing onto a branch, and so on. One of the observers asked him why he’d waited so long to stress safety.

The instructor said, “When the novices are high up, their fear makes them learn to watch every step. But when they’ve learned a little, accomplished a little, and descended to what they think is a safe height, they tend to get careless—and that’s when they need extra warnings about caution.”

He taught the observers what experienced leaders everywhere know — anticipate the dangers of expertise and overconfidence, as much as ignorance and fear.

~ Adapted from Leadership…with a Human Touch.