Web Works: Useful Links
Beyond Numbers · November 2003
By Rita Mikusch, Webmaster
With so much stuff out there on the Internet (and so much of it useless) it can be challenging to find useful information. So to help narrow your search, this month I offer a short list of links you might find useful, assuming you haven't bookmarked them already.
Online Controller's Kit
www.ica.bc.ca/kb.php3?catid=491: As mentioned in the September 2003 issue of Beyond Numbers, the Institute's Professional Advisory Services department recently introduced a new Online Controller's Guide to the ICABC website. The purpose of the guide is to assist members by directing you to information and resources available on the Internet. The guide is divided into nine sections, including Finance and Money Matters, Management Information, and Professional Development for Controllers and CFOs.
Most magazines have websites where you can, at the very least, sign up for a subscription. Here are a few magazines that offer an entire online version of their magazine free of charge:
www.ica.bc.ca/kb.php3?catid=221: Did you turf last month's issue before realizing you should have saved an article for reference? Find back issues of Beyond Numbers going back to August 2001 online.
www.camagazine.com: Again-a little hasty with the recycling? The complete CA Magazine is available here.
www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/joahome.htm: For the American perspective, check out The Journal of Accountancy Online published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
www.cfo.com/magazine: Join the other 450,000 readers who use this resource by checking out current and back issues of New York-based CFO Magazine online.
Of the veritable plethora of websites offering financial information for personal and business use, here are a few that stand out:
www.smallbusinessbc.ca: This website created by the Canada/British Columbia Business Services Society offers information on government programs, services, information, and data for small businesses.
strategis.ic.gc.ca: Produced by Industry Canada, Strategis's stated mission is to use the Internet to provide business and consumer information to all Canadians, irrespective of time zones and geography.
www.td.com/economics: On the TD Bank's Economics site you'll find a variety of forecasts and analyses.
www.rbcroyalbank.com/sme: The Royal Bank's guide to starting a small business offers information on creating a business plan and financing your business, along with many other tools.
www.royalbank.com/busexpanding: Once your new business is up and running, you might want to check out the Royal Bank's guide on expanding your business.
www.canadianeconomy.gc.ca/english/economy: The federal government's well-designed site offers detailed information on the economy, as well as general information on economic concepts.
www.rev.gov.bc.ca: The Ministry of Provincial Revenue's website offers information and links on consumer taxation, income taxation, property taxation, and many other revenue accruing provincial programs.
www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca: If you want information on personal or business taxes, the CCRA's website is the place to go.
www.sedar.com: The System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) was developed to make Canadian public securities filings easily accessible to all. Use it to find and retrieve company and mutual fund profiles, SEDAR public securities filings, and the latest news about SEDAR.
www.bcsc.bc.ca: This website belonging to the British Columbia Securities Commission has information on the Commission's official policies and on the enforcement of these policies. The site also offers helpful information for businesses and investors.
www.osc.gov.on.ca: Ontario Securities Commission.
If you like all kinds of data, you'll love the BC Stats and Statistics Canada sites listed below:
www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca: BC Stats
www.statcan.ca: Statistics Canada
And now for the truly important resources... Every CA needs a good golf game, or so it says in the Bylaws-kidding-but here are a few links the duffers among you might find interesting:
www.pgatour.com: You might want to keep this open on your desktop (though perhaps buried in an Excel worksheet). The PGA Tour website offers minute-by-minute scoring updates for any tournaments currently taking place.
www.golfdigest.com: Golf Digest has an extensive collection of articles on instruction, equipment, courses, and tours-none of which you should be reading during work hours.
www.dilbert.com: For the disgruntled office geek in many of us, there is, of course, Dilbert.
Clearly this is not an exhaustive list. If there's a site you think other CAs should know about, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there anything you'd like to see added to the ICABC website? Email your suggestions and ideas to me at email@example.com