Canada’s ‘Plan B’ for trade with Asia fraught with challenges

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement facing an uncertain future, there are signs the Government of Canada is starting to put together a Plan B for Canadian interests in Asia. The recent announcement by the federal government of a trade agreement feasibility study and the launch of an annual trade policy dialogue with ASEAN (the

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Vancouver’s bike share plan out of reach
for low-income riders

As Mobi, Vancouver’s new bike sharing program, brings hundreds of new, shared bicycles into the city this summer, residents are finding a green, convenient and more affordable commuting option. High pricing and limited access for lower income people, however, could limit the program’s effectiveness. More than 600 cities around the world, including four eastern Canadian

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Yellow Brick Road to the Podium:
How Does Canada Fund Our Olympians?

Photo credit: marchello74/ Canadian athletes are doing the country proud competing and winning medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But in the lead up to the games, many face another kind of competition – for dollars to help fund training in their sport. According to the National Post, Canada’s federal government invests about

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Pricey replacement parts have us racking up waste

I mean, who does that?  Who takes the top rack from a dishwasher – in an office? We recently moved offices. Anyone who has ever done so is already sympathizing with us. Actually, it hasn’t been that bad – once we found flooring to cover the bare boards on the floor and got the whole

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Basic income idea wins backing of Alberta mayors

Sen. Art Eggleton came to Calgary recently seeking to build support for a basic income pilot project. Basic income, also known as a guaranteed annual income, would ensure Canadians have enough income to meet basic needs and avoid the stigma associated with receiving welfare. Eggleton told an audience of about 150 at Calgary’s Central Public

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Loonie’s rollercoaster year a sign of the times in 2016

With the decline in oil prices, the falling loonie has had quite the year so far in 2016. In early 2016, the Canadian dollar hit the lowest it has been since 2003, when it closed at 71.02 cents US. As oil prices slowly began climbing, the Canadian dollar did too, reaching 77.55 cents US in June

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