Description: Rising rents have been a problem in many areas in Canada, adding one more log on the inflationary fire that Canadians have been experiencing. Housing co-operatives – or co-ops for short – offer an attractive alternative for controlling housing costs, where they are available. Though co-ops have operated in Canada for many years, there… Read more »
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Here’s a Good News Story!
Description: Canada’s economy is back! Back to pre-pandemic levels that is, with Canada adding over 300,000 jobs in February, knocking the unemployment rate down to 5.5%, below what it was in March 2020, and close to Canada’s all-time low. Desjardins economist Royce Mendes noted that “businesses in accommodation and food services and information, culture and… Read more »
Steam Whistle and Beau’s Beer
Description: Craft brewers Beau’s and Steam Whistle, two well-known producers with popular brands, have joined forces. Last year the two companies had engaged in some cooperation on the distribution side. This latest move allows Beau’s co-founder Tim Beauchesne to transition into retirement, a sometimes tricky issue for entrepreneurs. Steam Whistle’s marketing expertise will also help… Read more »
Cutting Off the Russian Vodka
Description: Many were gripped this past week by news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While provincial governments in Canada might not have many levers to pull in terms of protest, one thing a number of them have done is to remove Russian vodka off of their liquor corporation shelves. The Nova Scotia government has… Read more »
NFT on the Museum Wall
Description: Non-fungible tokens – or NFTs, as they are popularly called – are unique digital artworks protected through blockchain technology. As the interest in NFTs has grown, art galleries and museums have started to show these digital works as part of their collections. These crypto assets are subject to hacking and cyber crime, however, adding… Read more »
Lays vs Loblaws
Description: Supply chain problems are starting to get personal for some snack lovers. Frito-Lay has apparently stopped shipping the treats consumers love, like Doritos and Lays brand potato chips, to Loblaw. Its all due to the fact that Loblaw has been refusing Frito-Lay’s requests to pump up its prices to cover its rising costs in… Read more »
Those $68 Mittens!
Description: Some Canadians are more than a bit shocked at the $68 sticker price on Lululemon’s Canadian Olympic Team winter mittens. Long gone are the $10 mittens offered to souvenir seekers by Hudsons Bay Company at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. But defenders of this year’s Olympic gear say Lululemon is offering a higher quality… Read more »
1.42 Billion Chicken Wings
Description: 1.42 Billion Chicken Wings: that’s a whole lot of chicken projected to be eaten in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday. Though prices are up over last year, the good news from the National Chicken Council (NCC) is that there are no fears of a wing shortage, unlike the situation accompanying last year’s… Read more »
Gas Going Up
Description: It keeps on going. Going up that is: the price of gasoline. You are probably among the many Canadians giving a second look at the price on the pump when you’ve been filling your vehicle with fuel. Though gas prices dropped to almost ridiculous lows in the early shutdown phase of the pandemic, prices… Read more »
Highest in 30 Years!
Description: Inflation in Canada is now at the highest it has been in 30 years! The December Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 4.8% is a rate Canadians have not seen since 1991. While many may have noticed rising costs for fruit such as oranges and apples, or a rise in meat prices too, anything with… Read more »