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Harper unveils income splitting for Canadian families

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced income splitting for families with kids under 18 that will allow an eligible taxpayer to transfer up to $50,000 of income to his or her spouse for tax purposes in order to collect a non-refundable tax credit of up to $2,000 per year.

Harper says the Conservative government is also boosting the universal child care benefit -- $160 a month for kids under six, up from $100, plus a new monthly benefit of $60 for children aged six through 17, effective in 2015.

China’s cloud computing market

Government initiatives and investments coupled with major foreign players entering into strategic partnerships with the domestic vendor is propelling the market in China. Additionally, dramatic cost reduction along with increased speed and flexibility and widespread use of internet is helping the cloud industry to grow significantly. As the cloud market in China is still in the growth stage, major foreign players like IBM and Microsoft are aiming to capture a lion’s share of the market.

China’s cloud computing market, however, is faced with many challenges. Concerns for data sovereignty and privacy, cloud reliability and after-sales service, bandwidth issue, among others are preventing Chinese users from using cloud services more widely. Currently the market size of the cloud industry in China is around 3 percent of the global cloud market.

Winter squash

Warming and nourishing in nature, winter squash tends to be larger than summer squash and has a thicker (usually inedible) skin.  Winter squash is in season from fall through to the spring, and generally has a stronger flavor and less water content than the milder tasting summer squash varieties.

Ontario Fall Colours

Ontario provincial parks offer great opportunities for families and friends to see beautiful fall colours. The Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report shows you when colours are at their peak in provincial parks across Ontario. Colours peak at different times across the province, so check the report often. For the best viewing spots check out: Ravine Trail in Bronte Creek to see into the valley belowLookout Trail viewing platform at Pancake BayMink Lake Lookout at FrontenacThe footbridge at Earl RoweThe trails in The PineryHardwood Lookout Trail in AlgonquinThe Sea Lion in Sleeping GiantIf you're planning to stay overnight, campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.