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How to Choose the Right Truck for Your New Business




Summer is approaching, and you have taken on a new project. Your business plan is ready, and you are all prepared to dive in. But if this is your first time in an industry that requires a truck, it might be challenging to decide which one to buy.

Trucks have different features compared to a regular car, and it is essential to pick one with functions that best suit your needs. Here are some methods you can use to ease into the decision process.

1. Talk to a Professional

Who knows better about trucks for business than the people who are in business selling them?! Dealerships like Highway Western Star specialize in selling and servicing trucks. Contact your nearest location and speak to someone whose job is to deal with trucks every day. They can tell you the features of the trucks they have and recommend what kind of transportation best suits you based on your requirements.

2. Think About the Payments

Purchasing new equipment for a new business is not a piece of cake. Choose the vehicle based on your business plan. You might find a big fancy truck that will do the job better than other smaller ones, but if you cannot afford to keep it, is there a point? Figure out your finances beforehand and go into the dealership with a budget. Think about whether you have the money to purchase it right away or whether you will need to finance it.

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3. Timing Matters

Choosing the right truck also means picking when to buy it. According to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), there are advantages to buying a business vehicle later in the year. CRA bases their depreciation calculation on a mid-year purchase regardless of when the business bought it. A business owner can claim first-year depression value the following year even if he purchased the vehicle on December 31. Useful stuff, right?

4. Don’t Forget the Earth

It is easy to be so lost in the planning process that everything else seems like a blur. But, it is vital to remember to do your best to protect the environment. It may be tough to find the right vehicle, and it may not always be possible to select one that causes minor damage to the earth. However, there is no harm in trying. Train your employees and yourself to maximize fuel efficiency, upgrade vehicles, provide maintenance, and other steps to reduce harmful emissions in the early stages.

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5. Make a Master Plan

Don’t just buy the first truck you find. Think, plan, and then proceed. List the pros and cons, figure out what works best. With the different combinations of trim choices, colour schemes, sizes, and more, it is possible to get confused. Do your research before you go to a professional (or even after) before you make a final decision.

Now that you probably feel a little more confident about the truck buying process, go ahead and make that first move.

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Lufthansa sets 2024 goal, eyes capital increase



Germany’s flagship carrier Deutsche Lufthansa said it aims to boost its return on capital employed (ROCE) and laid out plans for a capital increase as it prepares for a business recovery amid an easing coronavirus pandemic.

The largest German airline aims to have an adjusted EBIT margin of at least 8% and an adjusted ROCE of at least 10% in 2024, it said late on Monday.

Adjusted ROCE was –16.7% in 2020 and 6.6% in 2019.

The group added it had mandated banks to prepare a possible capital increase, though size and timing have not yet been determined and the German state, which has bailed out the airline during the pandemic, has not yet given its approval.


(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Virtual Law Firms Are on the Rise in Canada



Virtual law firms have been on the rise for a while. In a 2019 roundtable discussion conducted by the American Bar Association, several firm leaders met to discuss the growing presence of online legal services. The consensus was clear: virtual is the new reality.

That was 2019. In the intervening two years, the world was gripped by a global pandemic that forced most people to conduct their business indoors. As you might have guessed, demand for contactless, remote legal services has only ballooned since that roundtable discussion.

While the roundtable primarily focused on the legal industry in the US, you can witness similar trends here in Canada. Like the taxi industry and entertainment distribution industry before it, law is increasingly moving toward digital spaces.

This article explores what virtual law firms are, what benefits they present for Canadian clients, and what kind of clients are driving the virtual law boom.

Not a Change but an Addition

At its best, the shift from brick-and-mortar law firms to virtual isn’t an alteration of legal services as much as it is an addition.

The best virtual law firms do not compromise on service – they still offer traditional legal services with the expertise of real lawyers. The only difference is that they have added a new medium: a more accessible, transparent means of communication and billing.

Why Canadians Choose Online Law Firms

For some clients, the traditional brick-and-mortar firm was hard to give up. They viewed their lawyer like they viewed their doctor: a professional whose in-person expertise couldn’t be replicated in a digital space. Then, the pandemic hit. As millions more Canadians acclimatized to working online, they also habituated to the idea of doing business online.


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The benefits were immediately apparent. Virtual law firms feature streamlined communication, available seven days a week. They eliminate the need to go to a physical office. They offer all the same legal expertise and services as a brick-and-mortar lawyer. And, crucially, they often leverage transparent pricing: flat, predetermined legal fees with no hidden costs. A client looking for affordable legal services in Mississauga or Toronto, for instance, can simply click a few buttons and hire a lawyer on the spot.

Who Is Using These New Services?

You might be wondering: do they wheel a computer into the courtroom when someone avails themselves of a virtual lawyer? No, that isn’t quite the case.

Clients tend to use virtual law firms for everyday legal services – not necessarily courtroom representation. A client looking to create a will or name a power of attorney might choose a virtual lawyer for the sake of simplicity. A homebuyer, looking to keep costs manageable might hire a virtual lawyer for closing since their prices are both more transparent and affordable. A couple seeking to draft a cohabitation agreement may find similar benefits in an online lawyer.

The fact is that virtual legal services are not only here to stay – they are on the rise. Fortunately, the future is friendly; online law firms offer the same legal expertise as their physically housed counterparts, with the added benefits of being accessible and affordable.

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Tourmaline to expand in Montney with C$1.1 billion deal for Black Swan



Canada‘s Tourmaline Oil Corp said on Friday it would buy privately owned Black Swan Energy Ltd in a C$1.1 billion ($908.79 million) deal, as the oil and gas producer looks to expand in the Montney region, one of North America’s top shale plays.

Canada‘s Montney, which straddles Alberta and British Columbia, has seen a wave of consolidation as companies buckled under collapsing oil prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourmaline said the deal represents a key part of its ongoing North Montney consolidation strategy and the company sees the area as a key sub-basin for supplying Canadian liquefied natural gas.

The company in April acquired 50% of Saguaro Resources Ltd’s assets in the Laprise-Conroy North Montney play for $205 million and entered into a joint-venture agreement to develop these assets.

Analysts at brokerage ATB Capital Markets called the Black Swan assets a “hand in glove” fit with its recent acquisitions.

Tourmaline stock rose 4.5% to C$32.1.

The deal value consists of 26 million Tourmaline shares and a net debt of up to $350 million, including deal costs.

Tourmaline will acquire an expected average production capacity of over 50,000 boepd when the deal closes, likely in the second half of July.

The company, which also raised its dividend by 1 Canadian cent per share, expects the Black Swan assets to generate free cash flow of $150 million to $200 million in 2022 and beyond.

The Canadian energy sector has seen a flurry of deals with companies expecting to benefit from the rebound in oil prices as global fuel demand picks up.

ARC Resources Ltd in April bought Seven Generations Energy Ltd for C$2.7 billion to create Montney’s largest oil and gas producer.

($1 = 1.2104 Canadian dollars)


(Reporting by Rithika Krishna in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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