Tim’s magnate dies

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Description:   Ron Joyce, the first franchisee of Tim Horton’s, and the man who helped grow the chain into a fast-food empire, has died. Joyce, a native of Tatamagouche, N.S., eventually sold Tim Horton’s to Wendy’s in the 1990s. He became well-known as a generous benefactor of various institutions. In a highly notable case, in memory… Read more »

That’s a pretty long wait

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Description:  The Province of New Brunswick is not rich. That’s perhaps one reason why the Auditor General focused some of her attention in her recent report on the fact that the federal government owes the province a pretty big pile of cash. All together, the federal government is on the hook for over $60 million… Read more »

That thin $200 line

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Description:  It’s a pretty thin line separating about half of Canadians from financial pain. CTV Winnipeg reported that close to half of Canadians are within $200 of insolvency when the end of the month rolls around. About 40% of Canadians foresee that they will be going deeper into debt this year to cover off their… Read more »

An Eyeopener!

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Description:  It certainly was an eye opener! As reported in the Ryerson University student newspaper called the Eyeopener, the student union appears to have $250,000 in credit card charges that need some explaining. That’s a lot of money for student leaders to be charging. A number of students began asking questions, with one commenting that… Read more »

Take that Big Mac!

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Description:  The National Post headline called it a “bad day for McBully.” But you might also say, it was a good day for the little big guy, Ireland’s Supermac burger chain. Owner Pat McDonagh claims his restaurant’s Supermac burger name is lifted from a nickname he carried when he played Gaelic football years ago. The… Read more »

Hackett’s message ignored

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Description:  Jim Hackett, CEO of the Ford Motor Corporation, is trying to get Wall Street to listen. Hackett wants analysts to consider his “thoughtful” approach to moving the car maker forward, rather than concentrating so much on the fact that Ford missed its target for Earnings per Share with its 2018 results. The appeal does… Read more »

Why a retirement crisis?

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Description:  The popular theory is that Canadians are starting their savings plan for retirement too late, and thus they are not putting enough in the bank for the days when they will no longer be working. A new survey is showing though that procrastination may not be the biggest problem people have in trying to… Read more »

The annual CES

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Description:  A phone that folds. Lots of talk about 5G, for those who claim they need even more speed. An electric-powered Harley that connects to the cloud. Audio technology that attempts to simulate the concert experience. And, of course, lots and lots of those trendy virtual assistants. These are a few of the highlights of… Read more »

The Great Cannon

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Description:  It seemed at one time that the internet might offer greater freedom and democracy to the population of China. But the growing threat of China’s hacks and espionage are causing us to rethink those views. A recent paper describes the 2015 attack on GitHub’s giant stores of computer code. This attack has been called… Read more »

Malaysia’s mountains of our plastics

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Description:  Malaysia is building mountains of our plastic waste since China ceased accepting it from the west in January 2018. For over 25 years, China had accepted roughly 50% of the western world’s plastic waste, turning it into products to be sent back to us. Meanwhile, Canada’s two largest grocery chains, Loblaws and Sobeys, seem… Read more »