Opinion | Martin Regg Cohn: Doug Ford resurrected unseemly political fundraising. Let’s hope COVID-19 kills it for good

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In the dying days of the last Liberal dynasty, I documented how fundraising had reached a fever pitch — with frenzied ministers weighed down by donation quotas adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep their seat at the cabinet table. Pressured into action, then-premier Kathleen Wynne imposed tough new rules to reform Ontario’s “wild west” of fundraising.

In 2016, her government prohibited corporate and union contributions. It backed up the ban with a requirement that all donors sign a formal declaration that they weren’t getting around the ban by slyly funnelling big money through individual donations from various corporate officers of the same company.

Upon taking power, the Ford government bizarrely revoked the required declaration. It’s still illegal to subvert the ban yet, strangely, the Tories no longer require you to pledge compliance in writing (lest you be held to it?).


Wynne’s campaign finance reforms offered

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Global Aromatic Hydrocarbon Market 2020 Analysis by Sales, Demand, Trends, Consumption and Growth, Forecast 2025

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Sep 23, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
The recently released report titled Global Aromatic Hydrocarbon Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 mainly elaborates on market definitions, classifications, applications, and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials market segmentation, and industry chain analysis. The report covers market size, share, trends, and growth analysis on the basis of different parameters. The current status of the global Aromatic Hydrocarbon market along with the historical state has been explained and a future outlook is provided. The report profoundly displays on current market investigation situation, up and coming just as future chances, income development, evaluating, and gainfulness.

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Further, the report demonstrates the global Aromatic Hydrocarbon market structure, scope, history, development perspective, reliable estimates for the forecast period from 2020 to 2025 as

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Building Main Street, not Wall Street: The financial case for small business | News

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Albert Einstein made the following observation: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” 

As a community determines how to spur growth during these challenging times, there are many things they should consider as they strategize their future. Some communities are great at tackling the usual issues, but many are unaware of many hidden expenses and stresses that will ultimately determine their future. Decisions made today will impact their community for generations to come. Let’s discuss a few considerations needing to be part of every community conversation regarding growth, strategy, and the future. Here are four that are oftentimes missed:

First, a study by Tischler & Associates a few years ago had some interesting findings. They found that specialty retail establishments made up of primarily locally-owned small and medium-sized businesses generate a net yearly return to their

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Global Contextual Advertising Industry

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Global Contextual Advertising Market to Reach $447. 9 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Contextual Advertising estimated at US$145. 1 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$447.

New York, Sept. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Contextual Advertising Industry” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05798251/?utm_source=GNW
9 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 17.5% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Activity-based Advertising, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 17.5% CAGR and reach US$185.6 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Location-based Advertising segment is readjusted to a revised 18.6% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $39.1 Billion, While China is Forecast to

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MU tops $1.4 billion in fundraising campaign | Higher Education

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After eight years of giving, the “Mizzou: Our Time to Lead” fundraising campaign has passed $1.4 billion.

The campaign was publicly launched at Mizzou Arena in 2015 to much fanfare, including a performance from MU alumna Sheryl Crowe and an appearance from then student-athlete, now Olympian, J’den Cox, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The goal of the campaign, which had already raised $650 million in a silent phase starting in 2012, was clear: MU would raise $1.3 billion by June 30, 2020.

MU reached that number in March, more than three months early, and has now exceeded the original goal by raising $1.4 billion as of Sept. 25, according to an MU news release. This money has gone toward scholarships, research and improving the university’s infrastructure.

According to MU, the larger “Our Time to Lead” campaign is credited with a 101% increase in the university’s endowment, which totaled around $1.17

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HiBid.com Reports Record Number of Lots and Over $26.6M in Weeklong Sales; Antiques, Vintage Tractors, Equipment and More Up for Sale Now

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OCALA, Fla., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HiBid.com exceeded a single-day record last week with approximately 699,400 lots for sale on Friday alone. For the entire week running September 14th through 20th, an average of roughly 765,000 bidders placed bids on nearly 365,400 lots across 1,036 auctions. Overall, last week’s online-only and webcast auctions brought in over $26.6 million (gross auction proceeds) in the same of jewelry, coins, vehicles, and other assets. HiBid works seamlessly with Auction Flex, a comprehensive auction management platform, and supports webcast auctions, internet-only auctions, and absentee bidding.

September 14th-20th HiBid.com Highlights
Gross auction proceeds: $26,655,570 (USD)
Gross merchandise volume: $51,279,230 (USD)
Lots sold: 365,399
Online-only auctions: 937
Webcast auctions: 99
Average bidders per day: 765,000
Average bids per day: 1.27 million

Current Auctions
The following list includes examples of Featured Auctions and Hot Auctions running on HiBid.com. Individuals participating in these auctions have

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Signet Financial Management LLC Acquires 506 Shares of Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O)

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Signet Financial Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) by 5.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 9,487 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 506 shares during the period. Signet Financial Management LLC’s holdings in Realty Income were worth $593,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the business. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Realty Income by 1.4% during the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 14,800 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $881,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the period. Dowling & Yahnke LLC increased its position in Realty Income by

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The Royale Firm Announces New Financial Lending Programs Added To Business Finance Suite

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Sep 12, 2020 (AB Digital via COMTEX) —
12 September, 2020 – The Royale Firm, a leader in finance and corporate lending, has announced the addition of revolutionary new financial programs to its proprietary funding system, the Business Finance Suite.

The most comprehensive financial solution on the market, The Royale Firm is helping a new generation of business owners ensure their business setups to meet lending credibility standards so they can obtain the capital and credit they need to fuel their dreams. Relying on a professional team of financers, The Royale Firm actively pulls together legitimate business lending programs and works in tandem with hundreds of different lenders to offer unique loan programs for all different types of borrowers.

An innovative program empowering businesses with access to cutting-edge financial tools and resources, The Royale Firm has set

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Only 10% advertisers are confident in their knowledge of programmatic audio advertising: Xaxis Report

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 Xaxis surveyed 107 agency and advertiser participants, and 25 publishers and media owners to understand the drivers, challenges and adoption of programmatic audio.Xaxis surveyed 107 agency and advertiser participants, and 25 publishers and media owners to understand the drivers, challenges and adoption of programmatic audio.

Mobile devices are believed to have the highest audience reach, according to the Programmatic Audio Playbook for marketeers launched by Xaxis. As per the survey, despite the high adoption rate, only 71% of advertisers commit less than 10% of their total ad investment to digital audio channels while 50% of publishers and media owners revealed that they get zero revenue from digital audio advertising. Xaxis surveyed 107 agency and advertiser participants, and 25 publishers and media owners to understand the drivers, challenges and adoption of programmatic audio. Meanwhile, brand awareness and advertising recall emerge as the most important metrics for clients running programmatic audio advertising at 71% followed by reach and frequency at 54% and the listen through rate at 54%.

Programmatic advertising for audio in this

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Fundraising continues for White Mills Christian Church | Worship

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White Mills Christian Church is raising money for a new building and, despite the pandemic, is trying to reach a goal of $400,000 by the end of 2020.

The new building will attach to the current Christian life center, located at 231 Cave Road in White Mills, and replace the current sanctuary. It will have a sanctuary, greeting area, restrooms and church offices to increase capacity from 150 to about 250.

Pastor Tim Dennis said the original sanctuary was built in 1912 and has had several additions through the years.

“Time, gravity, termites and settling has taken a toll on the old building,” he said. “We plan to include a better staging area, better lighting and be more engaging with regard to present day technology.”

Dennis said the building project is part of a long-term plan that began 20 years ago with the purchase of property, completion of a Christian

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