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Words from the Heart for Sunday July 14th, 2019

Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

Proverbs 11:12-13 (NIV)

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Keeping a Secret

Canada is the 17th most secretive country in the world when it comes to financial transactions, according to an index released recently by the London-based Tax Justice Network. The Financial Secrecy Index shows that Canada was more secretive than notorious tax haven jurisdictions such as British Virgin Islands, Russia and Barbados. How did Canada get so high on this notorious index? First, Canada levies an extremely low effective rate of tax on businesses, – the lowest of the G8 countries. Second, it’s a regulatory haven for the world’s extractive industries. The third, and most important reason, is the role Canadian interests have played in the development of tax havens elsewhere, notably in the Caribbean.

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How well do you speak of others? Are you constantly putting others down in a futile attempt to make yourself look better, or at least feel better about yourself? We all know people who spend their time belittling others and they have few friends. Nobody wants to be around someone who is always negative and who constantly criticizes others. The Bible speaks to this in Proverbs 11:12-13 and Solomon gives some good advice: “Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” As Solomon says, to speak badly of others makes no sense. All you do is make an enemy of someone who could be a good and supportive friend. Even if there is good reason to be critical, there is great wisdom in holding your tongue. By doing so, you will diffuse a challenging situation and ensure peace between you and your neighbour.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley

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