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If you’re looking for my current portfolio, please head over to serebrin.ca

If you’re looking for stories I wrote before September 2013, keep scrolling down (though please note that some links might not work anymore).

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My book is out

My first published work of short fiction came out today.

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Globe and Mail: Small businesses balk at changes to foreign workers program

“Small businesses will pay the price” of recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program, says the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The updates, which went into effect on July 31, were intended to protect jobs and prevent the program from being used as an outsourcing tool by employers.

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The Montreal Gazette: Fines for walking on the grass in some city parks

Montrealers enjoying a bit of green space could be in for an unpleasant surprise — a fine for walking on the grass in a public park.

A bylaw, in effect in a few of the city’s boroughs, forbids walking on the grass, along with entering or leaving a park except by a path, with fines ranging from $100, for a first offence, up to a maximum of $1,000.

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SiLO Magazine: Past Visions Of A Future That Never Came Part II: The Forgotten Visions

Montreal wears many of its ambitious failures on its sleeve but others have been forgotten. Some never made it off the drawing board, others were built only to be scrapped when the city changed. Here are six of Montreal’s forgotten visions of a future that never came.

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Star Business Club: How-to: Moving your small business from stability to scale

Business owners looking to grow need to know what they want, and understand how their company works.

Neil Wolff, associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, says that while taking a successful, stable business and scaling up starts with a desire for growth, it also takes clearly articulated goals.

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Star Business Club: Montreal’s Apple Blossom Home eco-cleaner seeks growth, needs clients first

Jen Bieber didn’t start looking for a new employer when the home cleaning company she worked for closed shop and moved to a different city.

Instead, the McGill University international development student went into business for herself, cleaning houses as a sole proprietor for two years before starting her own corporation, Apple Blossom Home and Garden.

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The Globe and Mail: Vouchers hook businesses up with academics

Governments across Canada are increasingly using voucher programs to stimulate private sector research and development, and the commercialization of academic findings.

The programs essentially give businesses credits that can be exchanged for expertise, resources and intellectual property from universities, colleges and other institutions

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The Globe and Mail: Big pharma turns to smaller firms for innovation

The pressure to innovate – and to combat disruption – has a lot of big companies looking for ways to harness the agility of smaller firms.

While the pharmaceutical industry is not facing the same difficulties as other sectors, companies are scrambling to discover and develop new drugs, and they’re increasingly using strategic investments in smaller businesses to do it.

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The Globe and Mail: Success stories lure U.S. investors to Canada

 

U.S. venture capitalists are increasingly looking for opportunities north of the border, thanks to strong growth in Canada’s technology sector and the maturation of its startup culture.

Lars Leckie, managing director at San Francisco-based investment firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, says a few big Canadian success stories have investors taking notice.

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