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Your Retirement Income Blueprint: A Six-Step Plan &hellip by Daryl Diamond
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There are two parts to retirement: the accumulation years where you build up financial assets through contributions and the later, income years where you receive income from the various government, pension and personal sources. From the title, this book obviously focuses on the less frequently discussed income years vs. the accumulation years (which tend to be driven by the selling of investment "products" such as mutual funds, GICs, RRSPs etc.). This book is written for Canadians and uses all the familiar Canadian acronyms and taxation terminology.

This book is very heavy going particularly in the various tax implications. That's because it's written by a financial expert who… Read more
Campus Confidential: 100 startling things you don'&hellip by Ken S. Coates
3.0 out of 5 stars a very uneven book, May 20 2012
From the subtitle ("100 startling things you don't know...") I was expecting more of a telltale/gossipy book where campus insiders could air their dirty laundry and let the general public & policy makers know what's actually happening on campus and what needs reforming. Given the paucity of hard-hitting books focusing on the Canadian university scene we need this, notwithstanding "Ivory Tower Blues" by Côté and Allahar. There's lots of books of this type for American universities so why not one (or several) for Canada? Well, we do get some dirty laundry, along with the authors' view on what needs changing, but the material presented is very uneven - sometimes solidly argued, often… Read more
Nelson Physics 12: Student Text, National Edition by Al Hirsch
4.0 out of 5 stars half decent, Jan. 4 2011
I'm tutoring my neice out of this book. It's her Grade 12 Physics text in Ontario.

I've noticed that some topics traditionally encountered in university have now migrated down to the high school level. It's the same thing with the Chemistry 12 text by Nelson. I'm not sure if I like this development or even think it's that helpful for high school.

The book? The use of too many colours along with lots of margin text is quite distracting. Also, this book suffers from an abundance of super- and subscripts in the examples. Any student trying to mimic this would quickly become confused. Honestly, physics notation needn't be this complicated.

There are plenty of… Read more