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The App Built for Gig-Workers – Skilli 2.0

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Hearing more and more about the growth of the gig economy across Canada, parallel with the mass layoffs due to the pandemic, beckons the question, is gig work on route to become the new normal? 

Where we might find solace as an employee, the real narrative that should be shared in the freelance world is in the word itself, “free”. If you consider your previous work experience, whether it be hands-on, online or over the phone, you may have technical skills that could provide real value to another individual or business. 

The scary part? 

Not having the security of guaranteed income instills fear in every working professional. However, with the right support platform, setting your own schedule and building a brand around yourself offers far more pros than cons. 

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Tutors are just one of many categories of services available on the Skilli 2.0 app.

The team at Skilli has developed a new app to serve individuals who are growing the gig economy in Canada. The app allows for a freelancer to create a personalized profile, promote their educational accreditation, share what you intend to offer as a service to potential customers and access a direct contact form. 

For freelancers, the app can be far more than a stagnant promotion page, it allows you to keep track of leads, interact with potential clients, and get recognition for your work. You can learn more about how to get started by visiting their Help Center. With any industry there is always competition, the Skilli app offers a new innovative method to get hired for freelance and contract jobs that mitigates the risk for the customer. 

In conversation with their CEO, Karshil Desai, he speaks on how Skilli 2.0 was created to put the service provider first. 

“Our technology and our business model allows us to be the preferred platform for the gig-economy. The app features are designed to make the lives of Service Providers simpler and more efficient, resulting in a greater quality of work. We are empowering our communities to make smarter and more informed decisions to get work done quickly and more efficiently.”

Think about it, by putting a major focus on transparency and security for service providers, ultimately customers will receive a higher quality of service. Customers can then view previous accomplishments and seek their preferred service provider.

Launching on the App Store and Google Play from February 15th, the new Skilli app is a freelancer’s best friend. If you would like to learn more about Skilli and their support for gig workers, check out their website or their social media below. 

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Demand increasing: Canadian Blood Services watching supply as COVID-19 rules eased

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CALGARY — A return to a somewhat normal summer as COVID-19 restrictions are eased is putting a strain on Canada’s blood supply.

Several provinces have started lifting restrictions — most notably Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan — and demand is up as a result.

“As provinces slowly open up, there’s some return to normal activities. Hospital demand is increasing,” said Tracy Smith, the Prairies and Northwest Territories donor relations director for the Canadian Blood Service.

“You can imagine that they are trying to catch up with some of the backlogs, some of those surgeries that were put on hold during the pandemic. They’re trying to get those in … (and) blood products are becoming more in demand.”

The need for blood products tailed off dramatically 16 months ago as the pandemic brought travel to a near standstill and all but the most critical surgeries were cancelled.

At the same time, Canadian Blood Services wasn’t able to accommodate as many donors because of physical-distancing requirements at clinics, so the two balanced each other out.

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million population give blood on a regular basis. 

Canadian Blood Services operates a national inventory that allows products to be regularly shifted around the country to meet hospital and patient needs. 

But the inventory has a shelf life — a year for frozen plasma, 42 days for red blood cells and five days for platelets — so it takes some work to ensure supply continues to meet demand. 

Smith said the blood agency has made some changes in anticipation of an increased need, including extending hours at some donation centres and mobile clinics, but many pandemic safety precautions remain in place, including limiting the number of donors allowed inside at one time.

“We’re only accepting appointments from donors. We’re not accepting walk-ins in order to manage our physical distancing,” Smith said. “It’s more important for donors to fill the appointments for us.”

Smith couldn’t say how much the demand for blood has increased in the last six weeks, but she said the need is evident in supplies of O negative blood, the universal blood type used primarily in emergency rooms.

“We have just over four days supply and at times it’s dipped to between three and 3 1/2,” she said. “That gives you an indication of the increase in demand that we’ve seen.”

A Calgary vascular and trauma surgeon said operating rooms have been a lot busier in the last six weeks.

“There’s certainly no slowdowns. It’s more in the other direction trying to catch up,” said Dr. Paul Cantle.

“At certain times of the year, (blood supply) is always a concern, but very few of us have ever run into a situation where we haven’t had what we’ve needed at the end of the day.”

Cantle said people go out more in the summer, drive more on highways and spent more time in physical activity, so it’s not a surprise blood demand has gone up.

“It was inevitable. People just try and get out there and enjoy their summers: getting out on their ATVs and their horses and their mountain bikes,” he said.

“It’s the same every year, but it’s maybe just a little more extreme this year with people trying to make up for lost time.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 29, 2021.

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UCP backbencher fined $15K by Elections Alberta for funding violations

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EDMONTON — A United Conservative backbencher has been fined $15,000 by Elections Alberta for a variety of offences including filing false financial statements.

Devinder Toor, the legislature member for Calgary Falconridge, was penalized for fundraising and spending infractions both as a candidate for the party nomination and well as in the 2019 election.

The 10 violations also include exceeding expense limits and accepting a prohibited contribution from a numbered company of which Toor had been a director.

Toor, a first-time MLA, won the constituency seat by just 91 votes over the rival NDP.

The NDP,  in a news release, called on Toor to resign, saying the infractions display a conscious effort to circumvent the rules and call into question his integrity and fitness for public office.

Toor could not be immediately reached for comment. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 28, 2021.

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