Best in Show

Posted by Steve Roper | December 9th, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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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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Design Thinking… What is That?

Posted by Steve Roper | October 27th, 2015 |

The methodology commonly referred to as design thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results. Although Design is most often used to describe an object or end result, Design in its most effective form is a p

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Seven things about investing…

Posted by Steve Roper | November 1st, 2016 | 2 Comments

Written by John Heinzl July 29, 2016. I’m the first to admit that, when I started investing more than 20 years ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I was a sucker for “stories,” I focused on the short term and I believed the trick to building wealth was to buy low, sell high and repeat. Sin

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