Offshore Banking and Tax Havens Have Become Heart of Global Economy

As millions of Americans prepare to file their income taxes ahead of Monday’s deadline, we look at how corporations and the wealthy use offshore banks and tax havens to avoid paying taxes and other governmental regulations. “Tax havens have grown so fast in the era of globalization, since the 1970s, that they are now right at the heart of the global economy and are absolutely huge,” says our guest, British journalist Nicholas Shaxson. “There are anywhere between $10 and $20 trillion sitting offshore at the moment. Half of world trade is processed in one way or another through tax havens.” Shaxson is the author of the new book, Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens. [includes rush transcript]

Offshore Banking and Tax Havens Have Become Heart of Global Economy.

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Snow Recruit


Snow Recruit-

Atlantic Canada’s Newest

Professional Recruiting Company

Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 22, 2010 – Starting today it became a whole lot easier for companies and professionals in Atlantic Canada looking for the right fit. Snow Recruit, named after the two principals, Bruce Snow and Carole Léveillé-Snow, have formed the region’s newest, and freshest, professional recruiting company.

“What makes us different is quite simple”, says Newfoundland and Labrador native Bruce Snow, “It’s all about the fit. I have worked in this business for a long time in Atlantic Canada and I know this place is too small to not to make sure that both sides are thrilled with the process and the outcome”.

For over 13 years, Bruce has been dedicated to the success of Atlantic Canadian organizations by recruiting key members of their leadership teams and other high-impact professionals. Based on Bruce’s recruitment expertise, he has also been called upon as a consultant and trusted advisor to numerous clients facing complex challenges with their recruitment processes. Whether the need is associated with large-scale projects or day-to-day operations, Bruce has a track record for developing innovative solutions to recruitment challenges.

Bruce earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Bruce is passionate about giving back to the community and supports numerous local, provincial and national charities. Bruce is also leading the Recruitment and Selection Committee for the 2011 Canada Games, which is responsible for recruiting approximately 5,000 games-time volunteers in more than 60 different roles.

A native of northern New Brunswick, and an alumnus of Université de Moncton, Carole Léveillé-Snow is fluently bilingual in French and English. Carole is a member of La Chambre de Commerce Francophone de Halifax, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia (HRANS), as well as the Human Resources Association of New Brunswick (HRANB).

“Having traveled extensively throughout Atlantic Canada during my career I have a good appreciation for the unique challenges faced by organizations in various parts of this region”, explains Carole. “I read somewhere that great communicating takes equal parts good speaking and good listening, let’s just say that we’ll make a great team because I’m a great listener,” jokes Carole about the husband and wife team.

“We are very excited about our new venture”, says Bruce. “We know there is a market for a boutique firm equally committed to the needs of the employer and the candidate. I know it sounds a bit cliché, but it’s not a win-win if it’s not the right fit!”.

For more information about Snow Recruit, please visit

Snow Recruit is a boutique search firm specializing in finding the perfect fit. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we match mid- to senior-level professionals with industry-leading employer throughout Atlantic Canada.

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by Pulse Entertainment on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 10:26pm

Pulse Entertainment promises a new standard of quality, style and sophistication for the “take no chances” customer

(Ottawa) October 12, 2010 – MELDAN Entertainment Inc. is proud to announce the official launch of Pulse Entertainment. Pulse Entertainment is an Ottawa-based boutique business providing disc jockey, events planning, and multimedia services for weddings, corporate events and conferences, private parties, and community and cultural events.

The company’s co-founders, Melissa Peneycad and M. Daniel Roukema, have extensive experience in the entertainment and professional services industries.  Both recognize the need for a more consistent level of service excellence in the Ottawa entertainment industry and are applying their experiences and expertise to provide clients with a higher standard of quality, style, and sophistication.  “At Pulse, we’re committed to maintaining a high quality service standard,” says Peneycad, Pulse’s President.  “For years we’ve proven our approach and delivery with a wide range of clients and we will continue to do so as disc jockeys, event planners, and multimedia service providers.  Our clients usually get only one chance to impress their guests and, as a result, we commit ourselves unconditionally to putting our best foot forward to deliver beyond expectations, every time.”

Roukema, the company’s Director of Operations, has been a disc jockey in Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, and a guest performer in Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, for almost 25 years, and says the timing for this boutique entertainment business in Ottawa couldn’t be better.  “Ottawa is changing rapidly,” he says.  “With up-and-coming infrastructure like the new state-of-the-art congress centre, it is clear that this city is reaching out for a larger piece of the national and international market.”  The multilingual Roukema also states that his experience in international relations, business, and diplomacy will allow Pulse Entertainment to reach out to and serve the VIP and dignitary communities including diplomatic missions in Ottawa.

Pulse Entertainment is headquartered on Cooper Street in downtown Ottawa.  More information on the company is available on its website


Melissa Peneycad   613.859.6735

Daniel Roukema      613.859.6735

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NEW MARKETING HUB LAUNCHED FOR CANADIAN CONFERENCES aims to boost visibility of conferences, visitors to Canadian cities, and competitive positioning of small business and non-profit sectors.

Ottawa, ON – May 6, 2009 – Canadian cities, small businesses, and non-profit organizations are now able to enhance their visibility on a website designed to promote conferences and the vendors that serve them. ConferenceZone, billed as Canada’s Find a Conference – Plan a Conference – Serve a Conference Destination, provides free membership and access for meeting planners in 24 cities to promote their upcoming events; receive information, news, and trends on the conference planning industry; and to identify reputable vendors and professional service providers. As the ailing economy is poised to further impact the declining tourism industry in 2009, ConferenceZone, to be promoted online and in print across Canada and around the world, will be a useful tool to promote meeting facilities, attractions and events, and local hospitality.

ConferenceZone is a bright-spot in these tough economic times for conference planners and for the local vendors that cater to them,” says Melissa Peneycad, Principal at Nova Vista Strategy Group Inc. “Building communities is our passion and we are delighted to work with so many talented small businesses and non-profit organizations across Canada to increase their visibility and positioning in the marketplace.”

In June, a comprehensive directory of reputable meeting vendors and other professionals that serve the conference industry will be launched to provide additional resources for meeting planners. To qualify for a profiled listing each vendor must meet a pre-determined criterion that affirms them as small business and non-profit-friendly. This summer, students from universities across Canada are being hired to meet with businesses to promote ConferenceZone and to evaluate their qualifications for vendor membership.

Advanced online tools, currently in development, will soon be made available for planners to enable conference delegates to register, receive their schedules and programs, access live webinars, and evaluate their events online. Vendors will receive email alerts whenever a conference is newly listed in their city and a planner has indicated a need for their product or service.

“This year has been presented significant economic challenges for small businesses and non-profit organizations, and ConferenceZone is a positive solution”, says Dr. Wayne Adams, former Nova Scotia provincial cabinet minister and Sr. Principal of Nova Vista Strategy Group Inc. “We feel confident that by increasing the visibility of thousands, we can help curb the economic losses that our sectors have sustained.”

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For more information about ConferenceZone, please visit, call M. Daniel Roukema, President & Sr. Consultant, Nova Vista Strategy Group Inc. at (613) 683-5979, or email

About Nova Vista Strategy Group Inc.

Nova Vista Strategy Group Inc. is an Ottawa-based company with associates in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan that provides small businesses and non-profit organizations with the strategies and tools required to enhance their visibility, positioning, and overall competitive advantage in the marketplace. The firm specializes in web solutions, public engagement and facilitation, and non-profit management consulting. For more information visit or email


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The Current Economy …. & Roddie Mac


Today at 1:31pm

(Halifax, NS) Liberal leader Stephen McNeil is today criticizing Rodney MacDonald for lacking an economic plan and is insisting that the Nova Scotia economy has already begun to feel the effects of the global financial crisis.

"Nova Scotians can’t afford to wait any longer for this government to act decisively," explains McNeil. "Rodney MacDonald has said this province won’t feel the effects of a downturn for six to eight months. This proves how out of touch he really is."

McNeil points out that several major Nova Scotia companies are already suffering due to worldwide economic decline – a fact that has clearly eluded MacDonald.

"This government has expertly handcuffed our province’s economic growth for nearly a decade," said McNeil. "The MacDonald-led Conservatives completely failed to manage the economy during what were relatively good times, leaving Nova Scotia with absolutely no financial flexibility to deal with an impending downturn."

"The fact is that from 2002 to 2006, Nova Scotia’s economic growth was the worst in the country – 10th out of 10 provinces," reminded the Liberal leader.

McNeil noted that he hosted a small business roundtable earlier on Wednesday, where Nova Scotia-made jobs led the agenda. The Liberal leader also plans on hosting a series of economic roundtables throughout the province in the coming weeks and months.

"Small business is the strength of any economy and that certainly holds true for this province," contends McNeil. "Having this open dialogue with the business community will help us move the economy of Nova Scotia forward instead of simply waiting for a recession as Rodney would have us do."

"While the United States is now coping with the effects of poor management at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Nova Scotia economy has been long suffering due to the repeated failures of Roddie Mac."

Premier’s Priorities Are Mixed Up

Monday, September 22, 2008 at 11:39am

It wasn’t too long ago that Rodney MacDonald was managing the Nova Scotia campaign of a federal Conservative leadership hopeful named Stephen Harper. While one soon became premier of this province and the other became Canada’s 22nd prime minister, their questionable leadership has more often than not been a detriment to Nova Scotia.

The demise of the Atlantic accord gave us our first glimpse at the type of leadership brandished by the Harper-MacDonald team. Premier MacDonald threw Nova Scotians and MP Bill Casey under the bus in order to cater to Prime Minister Harper’s demands. Stephen Harper broke his word to Nova Scotians, and instead of demonstrating leadership by standing up for his province Rodney backed up the prime minister.

These days, it appears the old team is back together again. After a politically motivated Harper government yanked two coast guard vessels from our waters, the premier “defended” Nova Scotians by writing the prime minister a letter. A partisan political decision costs our local economy 124 jobs and an estimated $12 million, and the premier couldn’t even place a telephone call to his close personal friend?

The Harper-led federal Conservatives then attempted unsuccessfully to stop a provincial committee from exploring the loss of those same coast guard jobs last week. That provincial committee moved to condemn the transfer of the icebreakers and once again, the MacDonald government let Nova Scotians down. All three members of the premier’s caucus present voted in favour of moving the ships to Newfoundland; more to the point, they voted in accordance to the prime minister’s wishes without the slightest regard for their own province.

Throughout this federal election campaign, Premier MacDonald has repeatedly and purposely misled Nova Scotians by echoing Stephen Harper’s inaccurate rhetoric around the Green Shift. Whether from MacDonald or Harper, the people of this province are still not hearing about the federal Conservatives’ plan to put a price on carbon.

Every party and every leader, including Stephen Harper, will be putting a price on carbon in this country. However, only one leader plans to give that money back to Canadians, and that leader is Stephane Dion.

Under the leadership of Rodney MacDonald, Nova Scotians are coping with some of the highest gas prices in the country, thanks to a failed attempt at regulation. The premier’s political stubbornness and absolute refusal to admit his mistake with regulation is costing the public millions of dollars. We are being gouged daily at the pumps, and the only way to stop the suffering is by scrapping gas regulation immediately.

Liberals have been calling for the end of gas regulation since its inception; the premier refuses to listen.

A leader recognizes his mistakes and acts decisively to correct them. Premier MacDonald has failed on both counts.

Under the leadership of Rodney MacDonald, Nova Scotians are facing a fifth power rate increase in seven years and the indication that volatile electricity prices will only continue to skyrocket. A decade of Conservative neglect has left this province entirely addicted to imported fossil fuels and dirty coal. While the rest of the world is moving to renewable green energies, the premier lacks the vision to move Nova Scotia Power in that direction.

A leader has vision and a viable plan to secure a prosperous future for his constituents. Premier MacDonald has failed on both counts.

Without energy security, the future for Nova Scotia appears bleak. Green energy can provide that security and is the only way to stabilize the ever-increasing price of electricity.

Nova Scotia has tremendous assets in wind, tidal and solar power generation, but Premier MacDonald’s indifference is allowing those opportunities to go to waste. In our own backyard, other provinces have begun generating renewable energy that Nova Scotia simply can not take advantage of. The premier has allowed this province to become an energy island with no means to draw green power from regional sources.

The premier shouldn’t be acting like he’s still Stephen Harper’s campaign manager here in Nova Scotia; he should be acting like a leader by standing up for Nova Scotians.

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