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Silicon Valley tech companies set their sights on Vancouver

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At least five large technology-based companies are setting their eyes on Vancouver, looking to set up satellite offices in the city due to the Trump administration, according to True North.

True North is a company that offers services to help foreign-born workers in the U.S. set up backup plans in Canada in case something changes to the worker visa system. With the Trump administration seemingly working to dismantle the H-1B visa — a non-immigration visa designed for foreign workers in specialty occupations — True North has been receiving a lot of calls. The company’s Michael Tippett says that he expects five Hootsuite-sized companies to make their way to Vancouver.

Tippett also added he didn’t expect these large companies to be looking to the north. 43 percent of the founders of Silicon Valley tech companies are not American-born and anywhere from 10-30 percent of their employees are also on the H-1B visas, meaning that large chunks of Silicon Valley might be looking to set up location out of the U.S. These offices could hold hundreds of employees.

Vancouver is a lot closer to Silicon Valley than Toronto, making it the “ideal” place for five to 10 somewhat large tech companies to move to in the near future.

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CRA educates Canadians on how to identify tax-related phone and text scams

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The Canada Revenue Agency is campaigning to make Canadians aware of the many impostors that use the tax agency’s name to solicit money through fraudulent calls, texts, emails, letters and online forms.

The CRA held a “fraud chat” on Twitter on March 29th to bring more attention to the issue and is offering a comprehensive package of information concerning fraud prevention.

To begin with, the agency says if you receive a call saying you owe money to the CRA, you should call or check your online account to ascertain whether there’s any truth behind the statement.

One way to check if the communication is fishy is to see if its breaking any of the CRA’s rules for communicating with Canadians. The agency promises that it will never do any of the following: ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message, request payments by prepaid credit cards, give taxpayer information to another person (unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer) or leave personal information on an answering machine.

The CRA also does not condone using threats or vulgar language.cra scam text

Additionally, it doesn’t generally send emails with links asking for specific personal or financial information, though there is an exception: CRA phone representatives may send email links if you request them over the course of a call.

To give Canadians a sense of the forms these scams might take, the CRA provided some specific examples of scams, from real-world phone call transcripts to realistic-looking online refund forms. 

The agency also notes that Canadians should report deceptive telemarketing to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, contact the police if they believe themselves to be the victims of fraud or contact the CRA if they believe their log-in credentials are compromised, among other steps. Find more information on fraud prevention in the source link below.

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58% of High-Performance Employees Say They Need More Quiet Work Spaces

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An anonymous reader shares a CNBC article: Behold the open industrial office space. At one moment, it feels like such a hip environment, bustling with easy communication and collaboration, innovation and headphones just behind every monitor. At another moment, the open office is the loudest, most annoying, distracting and unproductive environment one can imagine. What if the open industrial office is just part of a larger misguided fantasy? What if this office style is hurting our employees working on the hardest problems -- our high-performance employees (HPEs)? What if the open office is causing retention problems, and affecting the quality of our end products? As I outlined in my HPE article, executives and high-performance employees tend to optimize against completely different trade and life principles -- they generally have very different views of the world. This disconnect shows itself very clearly in the environmental conditions of our creative and technical offices. My latest anonymous survey shows that 58% of HPEs need more private spaces for problem solving, and 54% of HPEs find their office environment "too distracting."

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Afternoon Awesome: 25 Memes to Keep the Day Going Strong

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Here's a little something for the afternoon grind. 

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Best-Tasting Colors

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I recognize that chocolate is its own thing on which reasonable people may differ. Everything else here is objective fact.
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lamontcg
38 days ago
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My good-bad axis is almost completely reversed. I must be from bizzaro world.
j8048188
40 days ago
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Lime should be way further to the right.
greenlava
38 days ago
agree. lime is the best color
Covarr
40 days ago
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This seems wrong. I'm pretty sure raspberry should be all the way to the right.
Moses Lake, WA
alt_text_bot
40 days ago
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I recognize that chocolate is its own thing on which reasonable people may differ. Everything else here is objective fact.
toddmichaelryan
40 days ago
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Great visual but I would have preferred to see box plots with a 95% confidence interval of the population mean.
corpse
40 days ago
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LIES. LICORICE IS AWESOME.
dukeofwulf
40 days ago
Fake news: "Licorice is Awesome"
Fidtz
40 days ago
Salted Licorice is the greatest
timothyfriesen
40 days ago
And red. It's red, not black.
corpse
40 days ago
Licorice is black. Anything else isn't licorice.
Lythimus
40 days ago
Salted licorice is good. DZ is garbage. It tastes rancid.
tsuckow
40 days ago
And where is butter flavor
codersquid
40 days ago
salmiyuck
MaryEllenCG
40 days ago
Licorice tastes the way burning tires smell.
dukeofwulf
40 days ago
At least burning tires release cyanide, so they might put you out of your misery.
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