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Poll indicates Canadians think charities' administrative costs are too high

Experts say other factors are important to consider when deciding where to donate this Christmas

CharitiesOpEd ThumbnailIt's December again and the season of giving is in full swing. With that in mind, Imagine Canada – a voice for charities across the country – issued a poll to gain insight into how Canadians give over the holidays.

What it found was some good and some concerning news. The good news is that 62 per cent of those polled are planning on donating this holiday season. What is concerning is that 65 per cent of those surveyed think that charities spend too much on administration.

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Condo boards need more oversight

After losing $74,000 because of two condo board disputes, June Donaldson is fighting to bring in new rules for Alberta condo boards

THUMBopinion borstmayer condoboard EDAre you attracted to the carefree living condo ownership is said to offer? Here's what you should know.

Your purchase will be unlike renting an apartment under the Residential Tenancies Act. Currently, condominiums are run by unregulated condo boards. That means they report to no one. It also means that when you purchase a condo you are giving a group of people you don't know influence over your quality of life, property values and financial status.

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Alberta byelections — what can we expect?

Mount Royal University Policy Studies chair, Duane Bratt, weighs in on the upcoming Alberta byelections and the impacts it will have on the current Alberta government

electionthumbnailWEBByelections are rare in Alberta politics. In the last decade, there have only been three of them. Yet, on Oct. 27, there will be four byelections: one in Edmonton (Whitemud) and three in Calgary (Elbow, West, and Foothills). It is a "mini-election." As such, the stakes are high, not just for the governing Progressive Conservative Party, but for all of the opposition parties too.

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My Big Fat Thanksgiving

Why my family plans Thanksgiving five months in advance

thanksgivingcook living ocondonwebFor most families, Thanksgiving is merely a holiday to transition into Christmas and eat your weight in flightless birds. Not for my family. I come from a place where a 38-pound turkey might not leave any for leftovers and where the pumpkin pie is worth getting into a fistfight over.

Since I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been our biggest holiday celebration. My mom and her youngest sister credit distance as the main reason. With most of my family living in, around and outside of Calgary it can be difficult to make it to see all members of the family at Christmas and it was decided early on that Thanksgiving was close enough to make it work.

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