Why Don’t Kids Get Workplace Health and Safety Training in School?

Hardly a week goes by where I don’t see someone on social media railing about how we should be teaching our kids financial literacy in high school.

Why don’t we teach kids about credit cards, mortgages, RRSPs or TFSAs? Why not make them aware of how debt works before sending them off to post-secondary with student loans?

To be honest, I don’t think it would change a thing if we did. Young people don’t take on student loans or credit card debt because they don’t know what a loan is; they do it because we haven’t offered any viable alternatives. We’ve all but eroded avenues to independence that don’t involve accumulating debt. Living debt-free is a fantasy for all but the most fortunate among us.

Here’s a better idea: if you want to teach kids something that will help them secure a better future, teach them about workplace safety.

Fact is, young workers are 30% more likely to be injured on the job than those over the age of 25. They account for 12.5% of all lost-time injury claims. And over 50% of incidents involving young workers occur during their first six months on the job.

Why are young workers at risk? It’s a combination of factors. Youth have less training and work experience; they’re less likely to understand their right to refuse unsafe work under the Occupational Health and Safety Act; they often feel pressured to do what they’re told and reluctant to question their superiors.

It goes without saying that all these factors are augmented when it comes to young workers who are otherwise vulnerable, particularly newcomers to Canada and youth living in poverty.

Ask anyone who’s ever worked in a retail, restaurant or general labour position as a youth and you’ll hear of at least tale one in which they were asked to perform dangerous work: climbing a tree without a harness to clear away brush, welding without eye protection, or confronting an aggressive customer alone.

I was once asked to crawl under a machine with massive moving parts to retrieve a fallen container while the machine was still operating. My supervisor rolled her eyes at my reluctance and told me to go home.

I knew my right to refuse unsafe work. Not everyone is so lucky. Teaching youth about workplace safety wouldn’t even be expensive; there are plenty of free resources on the subject available online and many third-party organizations that specialize in the area.

You can find more information on workplace safety training and classroom training for working at heights at PSHSA, Ontario’s Health and Safety organization for the public sector.

6 Ways To Determine The Right Time To Post On Social Media

Timing is a critical piece of social media technique. On the off chance that you are new to social media advertising and endeavoring to make sense of the best occasions to post dependent on your gathering of people, it’s critical to truly know your audience and try different things with your content. Consistency causes you precisely measure results.

Here below are the ways to determine the right time to post on your social media accounts.

  1. Audience

Discover their basics info. Like age, location, interest, hobbies, goals, what they do for a living, educational attainment, social media platforms they use frequently and where they look through their feeds on a phone or PC. Those are the kinds of inquiries you have to know to make sense of the best distributing timetable. Our manual for making a group of audience/customer personas will walk you through each progression of this imperative exercise.

  1. Utilize a similar content to test different periods

Like any great analysis, you require consistency to precisely gauge results. When testing times, utilize the equivalent or comparative content. In that way, the reduced amount of engaging post shared at a high-traffic time won’t skew the outcomes.

  1. Locality

In case you’re situated in the PST time zone and have adherents in the EST and GMT time zones you may discover posting at 8 a.m. PST works best since it hits the workday in both different areas. In the event that you have a worldwide online life, you could make diverse internet-based life handles for various locales. Or on the other hand, essentially plan content for the duration of the day and night for a 24-hour commitment. All that matters is the location of your audiences. In the event that 6 p.m. on Thursdays is a decent time to post for retail marks, that is 6 p.m. for the goal customer, not certainly the brand.

  1. Utilize the correct tools

Clearly, we’re inclined using applications that can help to post content in different schedule. The right tool that has a solitary dashboard, you may post to the majority of your social platforms and utilize worked in the investigation to see which times yield the best outcomes. When you have that data you can plan every one of your posts amid those periods. Additionally using a schedule app for posting, has a component that will naturally plan your contents dependent on ideal commitment times.

  1. Watch out for the competition

At the point when doing your rivals get a high measure of preferences, shares, retweets, responses, and remarks? Test those occasions and additionally a contradicting plan. Do you likewise get a greater commitment at twelve on weekdays? Or on the other hand, do you see a lift on the end of the week when your rivals are tranquil? The inquiry here is whether you ought to go with the same pattern or try the opposite they’re doing. You should likewise observe what the pioneers in your industry are doing. In case you’re speaking to a little organization, look to bigger associations with advanced social techniques. Odds are they’ve had sufficient energy and assets to streamline their distributing plans. However, recall that it’s diverse for each business and crowd. Take your prompts from the pioneers, however dependably run tests to improve for your very own audience.

  1. Test and optimize

Try not to get self-satisfied. Discover the occasions that work best for you, however, test constantly. Gathering of people propensities and system calculations change. Make certain to make online networking reports to track when you get the most commitment for each posting time. Also, decide how regularly you’ll rerun investigates your social channels.

Is a Portable Washing Machine Worth Your Money?

Just about everything comes in a portable size nowadays, and believe it or not, that includes washing machines. They’re marketed mainly towards residents of small apartments and tiny houses, advertised as “a perfect companion for people who are limited in space” (from Danby.com). So is a portable washing machine really worth your money if you’re short on space and full on dirty laundry?

Let’s look at the pros and cons of a portable washing machine.

1. Noise Factor

Though some higher-end models are designed to run quieter, washing machines are generally a fairly noisy appliance. Mine is so loud that I usually don’t start a wash cycle until I’m about to leave the house anyhow.

That’s one of the selling points of a portable washing machine: they run a lot quieter than standard-sized machines, and they come with a noise-proof plate that sits beneath the machine to further dampen the sound.

If you’re trying to minimize noise, that’s a point in favor of portable washing machines.

2. Durability/Longevity

One of the advantages standard washing machines have over their portable counterparts is durability. With proper maintenance, washing machines can last literally for decades; the ones in the basement of my first apartment building were older than me by a long shot.

Is there such thing as a long-lasting portable washing machine? Yes – but not all are designed to last, you have to handle them with a bit more care than you would a regular one. Brand quality is a big factor here. Be sure to read the reviews of whatever model you’re thinking of buying to ensure you’re investing in a long lasting portable washing machine.

3. Portability

Obviously, a standard washing machine is the opposite of portable. In fact, it’s basically designed to sit in one place unmoved for 10-30 years. When it comes time to replace it, lots of people would rather disassemble their old unit in place and scrap the parts than actually lug the whole thing out of the house.

Portable washing machines aren’t really meant to be moved from location to location on a daily basis – they still weigh about 80lbs. But since they’re equipped with castors, a portable washing machine can easily be pushed around the room and stored when not in use.

The other advantage of a portable washing machine is the fact that it doesn’t require dedicated plumbing – any standard ¾ faucet can serve as a water hook-up while it’s in use. That means you can set it up in the kitchen, washroom, or outside an RV.

So, Is a Portable Washing Machine Worth It

Portable washing machines are a worthwhile investment if:

  • You don’t have a dedicated laundry room or access to plumbing.
  • You plan to move out of your place in the next few years.
  • You need a way to do laundry on a road trip or camping trip, and don’t have access to a laundromat.
  • You need a quiet washing machine, but can’t afford a high-end standard-size unit.

Insights Into Financial Management

A great deal of companies is now benefiting from what is referred to as financial management services. These services are basically for companies who need help with concerns to keeping their financial residence, so that they have the information that they need when making huge decisions. The information is provided an outsourced business that eventually handles the numbers.

Who can benefit from financial management services? Big businesses can genuinely gain from the services since, usually talking, anyone who works for a huge business usually has a lot to do and doesn’t have a lot of time to do other activities, such as keeping the financial books in order.

Small enterprises can likewise take advantage of these sorts of services. Sure, a small business has less employees and, even more than likely, less to do than a large business, nevertheless, the truth is that less employees make running a small business really time extensive. Small and large businesses can both advantage from these facilities.

Continuing In This Direction..

Naturally, a small online business with one staff member is far much easier to manage economically than a large multinational organization. That does not imply there’s any even more room for complacency– running a tight financial ship is the name of the video game across the business world.

In the same vein.

Why would companies want to take advantage of financial management services? One belief that has currently been stated is that it’s clicking through to save a company owner and his or her employees considerable time because there is no one needing to make the effort to keep the financial books directly.

Our New Home – For Those Of You Who Missed It

Grandpa Remy here again with another post!

As most of you know, grandma and I just purchased a new home to retire in.  Many of you made it to our house warming this past weekend, and we truly appreciate all the wonderful gifts and decorations you’ve all brought!  They will all be put to good use.  We wanted to make sure our home would be extremely accessible as we get older, so before even looking at purchasing a home, we first looked at house plans for a bungalow style home.  Obviously as we’re growing older (which we will never admit to your face), we wanted a bungalow style home so there would be no stairs.  However, we’ve included a basement so that our grandchildren would have somewhere to play.  There’s a den, theater, and playroom with table tennis, pool, and air hockey tables so feel free to stop by anytime to play and just hang out with us!


Anyway, more about our house.  We found a company that did custom designed homes in Ontario so our lives would be easier.  We didn’t have to do anything!  We just picked out the house plan we wanted and they put the pieces together on our property.  With a blink of an eye, viola, it was finished!  We’re so in love with our new home.  Come stop by anytime if you’d like to see it.  Just give us a call ahead to make sure we’re home.

For those of you who came to our house warming – what did you think?  We went with granite countertops as well as hard wood floors because if this was going to be the house we retire in, we want it to be perfect.  There’s 2 bedrooms on the main floor and 2 downstairs so plenty of room for guests to stay.  We also have 5 washrooms (3 on main floor and 2 downstairs).  When we decided to buy a new house, we also kept in mind how many people would be coming over for the annual Christmas party.  This is why we didn’t go with a smaller home that’s easier to maintain.  All for you kids!

So for this year’s Christmas party, we are super excited to host!  There will be bedrooms available for those of you staying in town and overnight.  The basement will also be finished so the kids can play downstairs.  Our dining room seats 10 people which I know definitely won’t fit all of us, but we also have plenty of room in our great room, kitchen, and family room.  There will be enough room for all!  Can’t wait to see all of you visiting here and please stop by anytime!


Grandpa Remy

P.s. yes, we are installing a pool.  It should be done by the end of June – will send out another email/write another blog regarding coming over to swim.

Gandl Christmas Holiday Information

Hello Gandl Family!


It’s grandpa Remy here.  You might be wondering why I’ve directed you to this website.  Well, it’s because due to our huge family size, it’s just easier to post events and information on here instead of spamming you all with emails every month!  As most of you already know, your grandma and I have just moved into a fabulous new home.  We would like to invite you all to a housewarming event.  Details about that will be emailed out (don’t want no strangers), and we’re super excited to debut our new home to all of you!

Aside from that, I thought since our family Christmas tradition is so big and special, we could use this website to post about different activities, ideas, and news for the family!

That’s it for now!  For my next post, I’ll be blogging about our new home (in case you can’t make it to our house warming).  Again, super excited to see you all!