Tag Archives: economy

Black Friday … or Buy Nothing Day?

I don’t usually do blog posts two days in a row, but a letter to the editor in our local morning paper made me decide to make an exception. Its message is so worth sharing. Full credit to its author, … Continue reading

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I’m ready for my first electric car, but is the electric car industry ready for me?

I’m currently driving a 2006 Honda Civic, which is actually still tooling around pretty darn well. It never has to go too far, but it remains reliable (knock on wood) even in the hardest of (long) Canadian winters. However, the … Continue reading

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Dominican Republic: more than just sun and sand, but the sun and sand sure are fabulous

We’ve just returned from our fourth winter get-away trip to the Dominican Republic (aka the DR), four trips spread over nearly 40 years. Each visit was special, but this time was particularly so because we spent a week in the glorious DR sun … Continue reading

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“Planned obsolescence” for appliances is bad enough, but mattresses too?!

We first learned about the changes in life expectancies for household appliances a few years ago, when we had catastrophic ice damage to our house. Near the end of the very long winter of 2013-14, it finally warmed up enough for … Continue reading

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Haiti: There’s more to sun destinations than just sun, and sometimes it’s heartbreaking

As we watch from afar as the extraordinarily impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti gets pummeled by Hurricane Matthew, it’s hard to take in just how many forces of destruction have hit the Haitian people throughout their existence. Most recently, the … Continue reading

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Gender parity in science, technology, and beyond: another rebuttal to Margaret Wente

I’ve been told that columnists like the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente are encouraged to present controversial opinions in the hopes of increasing readership.  I can assure the G&M that nobody I know buys the Globe to find out what … Continue reading

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Higher education, student debt, and options

University and college campuses everywhere are bustling with new and returning students.  Canadian business writers have responded to this annual migration with a number of articles about student finances, such as: “Six ways to ease the cost of university”, “Why … Continue reading

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