The helium crisis

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Description:  You may find your voice doing funny things when you read this story: there’s a shortage of helium. This gas, that can change the pitch of your voice of course, is in short supply, and not for the first time. That bad news hits far more than those wanting inflated balloons. Helium gas, produced… Read more »

Fuel costs up; WestJet earnings down

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Description:  With fuel costs per litre up close to 40% over last year, WestJet’s latest earning report is not pleasant reading for shareholders. Profits are down this quarter. In addition to the fuel cost pressures, the threatened pilots’ strike in May probably impacted passenger bookings. And, like others in the industry, WestJet feels the intense… Read more »

5G Pressure

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Description:  In Canada right now there are about 33,000 cellphone towers. That may seem like a lot, but with telecommunications providers moving towards 5G networks, estimates have it that Canada will need over 270,000 so-called small cells in the next few years. These devices, about the size of a briefcase, are intended for placement in… Read more »

To the rescue

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Description:  Toys R Us may just have received a reprieve from liquidation. Billionaire Isaac Larian, a prominent toy marketer has stepped in with a billion dollar offer to buy up Toys R Us stores in Canada and the United States, Intriguingly, the offer includes a crowd funding component. Keeping the Toys R Us chain afloat… Read more »

What happened to supply and demand?

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Description:  The general rule is that if something is in demand, then the price goes up. But while employment is growing in both Canada and the United States, and shortages of workers could become a problem as the baby boomers move into retirement, wages have not been growing. Economists have offered a variety of explanations,… Read more »

Now that’s a markup!

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Description:  Winnipeg Jets fans are excited by their team’s performance this year and are looking forward to the coming playoffs. But if you want to see a game live, that could be a problem. Resellers are  already pricing tickets at over $800 U.S. One official with the Jets ownership group calls this “profiteering at its… Read more »

Phones drop inflation

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Description: Canada’s inflation rate was down to 1.9% in December. One big factor appears to be a slow down in gasoline price increases. Another was a short price war on cellphone plans sparked by Shaw cutting consumer costs on some of its offerings. When other large carriers followed suit, consumers benefitted, as long as they… Read more »

The Colonel likes Bitcoin

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Description: Well, apparently the Colonel will now take Bitcoin in Canada for KFC’s new Bitcoin Bucket. On January 11 KFC tweeted “Sure, we don’t know exactly what Bitcoins are, or how they work, but that shouldn’t come between you and some finger lickin’ good chicken.” It’s a rather amusing story to accompany all the media… Read more »

No fun at Toys “R” Us

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Description: Giant retailer Toys “R” Us announced this week that it is seeking to reorganize under the protection of bankruptcy regulations in both the United States and Canada. Like many a bricks and mortar retail establishment, part of the problem is the rise of online vendors, particularly Amazon. The company intends to remain open over… Read more »

Big charities merge

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Description: We often hear of corporate mergers in reading the financial press. But it’s not every day that we hear of the merger of two large charitable organizations. That did happen this past week, however, when the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation joined forces. With declining revenues, the merger will help… Read more »