Posted by Steve Roper | February 4th, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fred Vettese is chief actuary with Morneau Shepell, a leading Canadian human resources and retirement plan administration firm. He has written three books on financial retirement strategy. He is someone whom I have read as I near what other term retirement age and I think about. Whether or not I wil

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Best in Show

Posted by Steve Roper | December 9th, 2017 |

This year we entered our Nice and Dry and Not Too Sweet Cider at the Toronto Cider Festival, which we were attending. 80 Ciders were entered to a panel of professional judges which took part in a blind taste test and we were awarded Best in Show for our Nice and Dry Cider.

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Money within your Mortgage is Powerful.

Posted by Steve Roper | January 6th, 2018 |

One of the interests I have moving forward in life is money and how to manage it. I have found it to be a very personal thing. Some people think one way, others another. For me, it has and I expect it to be a continual learning process for the rest of my life. I have thoughts about mortgages, oth

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Helping our Town…

Posted by Steve Roper | June 30th, 2015 |

A couple of years ago we relocated to Collingwood and began to meet the people we felt we should talk to about using my skills to help the Town achieve some of its goals. It's not an easy thing to do. People are naturally cautious about newcomers and it's not that easy for me not to be a little asse

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Old Baldy, Beaver Valley, Ontario

Posted by Steve Roper | October 10th, 2016 |

Old Baldy is located in Beaver Valley and is part of the Blue Mountains which is the highest section of the Niagara Escarpment. Were it not for this escarpment, there would be little in the southern part of Ontario that even resembles a hill. The Niagara escarpment runs from Niagara Falls and zig

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The Institute of Southern Georgian Bay

Posted by Steve Roper | March 15th, 2017 |

A few years back, after Yim and I had moved to Collingwood from Victoria, I had some ideas on how I could help build 'something' locally with an entrepreneurial bent and approached the Town's business center, who directed me to the local BERN office, who directed me to a couple of guys who were thin

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Economic Summit, Collingwood

Posted by Steve Roper | August 18th, 2015 |

The Economic Summit last week in Collingwood was quite the success and generated more than ten pages of solid action plans. My involvement was to chair the Branding Sessions. It was interesting to hear other people's thoughts on branding, as always and the end results are reflected in the new Econom

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Income? Growth? This dividend stock delivers both

Posted by Steve Roper | July 2nd, 2017 |

BY John Heinzl Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 6:40PM EDT As the dividend investor with The Globe and Mail’s Strategy Lab series, one of my ongoing frustrations is that I’m limited to 12 securities in my model portfolio. Unfortunately, this means I have to leave out some great companies

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The Bruce Caves

Posted by Steve Roper | September 18th, 2016 |

The Bruce Caves were formed by the wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin - 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. The cave formations are dramatic illustrations of the weathering processes and impresses upon us the magnitude of the post-glacial lake levels.  The hike in is a short fifteen minutes hike

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Carrying a mortgage: Part of the strategy.

Posted by Steve Roper | April 24th, 2017 |

  Paying off a mortgage is often a point of pride. For the wealthy, however, it might not be the smartest thing to do. The reasons to hold on to a mortgage are compelling, says Andrea Thompson, senior financial planner at Coleman Wealth, Raymond James Ltd. in Toronto. “Mortgage debt

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