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Aries (March 21 to April 19) You’ve got an opportunity to jet off or sit back and relax this month – and boy, do you need it. Press “pause” for real at work and you’ll come back refreshed and more pro- ductive. Believe it or not, that work-life balance actually makes you a hell of a lot better at your 9 to 5.

Taurus (April 20 to May 20) You know that feeling when you know you’ve done a job well? Yeah – ‘cause you’re feelin’ it right now. And guess what? You did do well. Take some time to reward yourself – buy a treat, take a vacation, or celebrate with friends. You’ll encourage even more satisfying productivity.

Gemini (May 21 to June 20) You’re finally getting the positive performance review you’ve waited for, and it’ll give your work morale a swift boost. You’re going to start picking up more responsibility with these accolades too – don’t worry if it doesn’t result in an immediate promotion, growth is on the way.

Cancer (June 21 to July 22) You might have a little more jangle in your pocket for a “change” (sorry). Use it to enjoy some luxuries, especially one that could make a lasting difference like a new cell phone or computer. Even though you’ll be tempted by the apps, new technology actually increases productivity.

Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22) Step into the spotlight, Baby. You’re getting some serious love and support for your high performance, and it’s the perfect time to nab that promotion or high-profile assign- ment. Your employer wants to give it to you, but if the budget isn’t there, negotiate more vacation time.

Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) There’s a big project being green-lit, but your partner on the project will be both your best friend and adversary. Use this as a learning opportunity; take their advice into consideration and see if it can be put to use effectively, but don’t be surprised if a lot of the work falls on you.

Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) You’ve made it! You reached your goal – and you should celebrate. You might even be singled out for your MVP status by a boss or colleague. Remember if a few more things start to cross your desk that you don’t particularly enjoy, it’s because you’re viewed as extremely competent.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) A job opportunity in your desired field is about to land on your lap. Your ability to roll with the punches and land on your feet is your best quality – be sure to play this up in the job application. Prepare for the interview, but leave room to think on your feet (your next best quality).

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Sometimes, work doesn’t need to feel like work. Believe it or not, your ability to show people a good time could be one of your more marketable qualities. If you land an assignment to entertain a client, don’t overthink what they want to do, and show them an authentic experience.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) You’ve gotten a revised budget or bigger reward for your work. This not only comes as a relief, but encourages you to perform better. Even though you’ve been extremely resourceful, you know you could do a better job with more behind you. Show them what you’re worth.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Hey, doesn’t it feel good when you do well, especially in a team? You and your work associate are being celebrated for a successful collaboration, and you deserve it! Go out and toast – another unique project will come your way due to the success of this partnership. Dream team!

Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20) You may get a new job offer this month – exciting! But… back it up; it’s a lateral move. You should still consider it. The new job entails more stimulating work, and you’ll pick up some useful technical skills along the way. Even the unusual schedule will have unexpected rewards.

Solutions In the loop In case you missed anything – a roundup of facts we picked up last month

A lot of fun and learning went down at this year's Festival Du Voyageur. Photo by Robert Linsdell.

Party at Starbucks It’s all happening. Starbucks Canada will soon be ex-

panding to accommodate the late-night crowd, with the adoption of an evening menu and a beer and wine list. As a licensed establishment, Starbucks will also add

tapas like cheese boards and flatbreads to its extended offerings. Te corporation will first roll out the new amuse- bouches and aperitifs in Toronto, and will continue to incorporate the new items in other large cities through to the end of 2015. Apparently, the coffee shop is looking to cater to its

clientele which is 60 per cent female, that is growing dis- interested in nightclubs but may still enjoy a casual glass of wine. The global coffee giant will also be pursuing urban

delivery and local food options, and a development plan that will see 100 stores open each year over the next five years. (Wonder if nightclubs will eventually evolve from Starbucks Evenings?)

Local institution moves into Nelson House It’s an innovative idea that perhaps took too long to mate-

rialize – but here it is, the merging of two houses: Salisbury House with Norway House. Norway Cree Nation Chief Ron Evans observed that

whenever he was in Winnipeg, the Salisbury House res- taurants were frequented by aboriginal people. Back home, the restaurant in the community’s hotel and

entertainment centre was struggling to stay afloat, with high turnover, inconsistency and inexperienced manage- ment plaguing the establishment. With Salisbury House’s proven track record of over 80

years of experience in the industry, the idea for a partner- ship was born. It turns out Sals was incredibly interested in having a

near-monopoly in the community as a big-name restau- rant, and was able to negotiate a cozy financial arrange- ment of 75 per cent of the ownership and profits. Chief Evans is happy because it takes the headaches of

running a restaurant away while creating 40 jobs in the community, granting it 25 per cent of the profits, while Sals assumes the risk of its success or failure.

Keeping it Riel old school Te Festival du Voyageur preserves many traditions and

passes on historical knowledge about Manitoba. But this year, it ramped up the educational component by holding Voyageur Skill Workshops throughout the fest. Visitors were invited to engage in workshops and demon-

strations of the arts and crafts practiced by our ancestors. Some of the useful techniques and skills that were passed

on to the next generation included: Métis beading, sash weaving, flint knapping, coopering, woodworking, First Nations storytelling, and moccasin and mitten making –

There are lots of psychological and physiological rewards from cuddling - and now there's a professional service for it. Photo by Hotlanta Voyeur.

all led by professionals in their craft from the community. Participants could take home their handmade souvenir

and be grateful knowing they are armed with some of the survival skills of a true voyageur.

The Cuddlery opens Tis might be a job just about any law-abiding citizen

could qualify for. Based on the successful launch of the Cuddlery in Van-

couver, owner Marylen Reid has launched her operations in Winnipeg. Te cuddling service agency provides an hour of “basic”

cuddling for about $65, similar to the price of a massage – but can climb up to $260 for cuddling plus massaging or more skin-on-skin contact (still clothed, however). (Won- der if you can write it off like a massage?) For those who are worried about the safety of either

parties (understandably), all sessions are videotaped to protect both parties, and the encounters are preceded by an original interaction where the cuddler can refuse to provide service if they don’t feel comfortable, and the client would then be reimbursed. Clients have to sign a contract that outlines the rules of

engagement and consequences of breaking them. If you want your business card to read “professional

cuddler” in a legitimate way, visit for more information.

Target’s departure points out wage gap Of course many people were disappointed to hear that

the discount retailer, Target, is discontinuing operations in the country. But the wound cut a little deeper when it was learned

that the compensation to the 17,600 Canadians who will be out of work because of the move amounts to slightly less than the corporation gave to just one employee: its CEO. Former CEO Gregg Steinhafel’s departure costed Target a

total of $61 million U.S. according to Fortune’s calculations. Te amount to be paid out to employees in Canada is set

at about $56 million U.S. Tis brings the wage gap between CEOs and workers

into sharp focus. In the U.S., CEOs generally out-earn the average worker

at their company by 354 times. Tat number has gone up from 46 in just 30 years. In Canada, we don’t have much to be proud of on this

front either. Tough slightly lower, CEOs in Canada earn about 206 times what their average worker makes (still one of the worst discrepancies in the developed world). Big-box stores are generally the worst offenders – Target’s

former CEO was paid about 597 times what the average Tar- get employee made, and Walmart’s CEO reportedly earns more than 1,000 times what the average Walmart employee makes. (Statistics from Te Huffington Post Canada)

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