How great is Canada?

Canadians are like children born with silver spoons in their mouths. We are doing nothing to develop our inheritance

How great is Canada?First, the good news. I am a Canadian, and I think Canada is the best country in the world. My bias may be showing in calling Canada the best, but there is a lot of evidence to indicate that Canada is excellent. Money alone does not ensure a good life. Health, longevity and education also…

How to deal with the high cost of housing and energy

Both sectors face inflationary pressures but are being dealt with very differently

How to deal with the high cost of housing and energyAs anyone who has ever spent time in the kitchen knows, when a pot is boiling over, you do not put a lid on it. You lower the heat. Adding a cover does nothing to reduce the cause of all the excess bubbles and steam. In fact, increasing the pressure within the vessel generates an…

Should small business form a union?

Its time for the labour movement to turn its attention to those hard-working Canadians in the small business sector

Should small business form a union?For many of us, Labour Day simply represents the last long weekend of summer, the end of vacation season and the time to get serious and back to work or school. We forget that the purpose of Labour Day is to celebrate and honour workers. Workers have not always been honoured. From the beginning of…

If we want to thrive, we need bright young workers

Younger people have values and expectations unlike those of their parents

If we want to thrive, we need bright young workersIn a free and open economy like Canada’s, the goods and services we enjoy are produced by entrepreneurs and business people. The biggest challenge they now face in providing this largesse is a lack of people willing and able to fill jobs – the talent. Particularly in short supply are younger workers. This shouldn’t be…

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sector

There’s a way to reduce fertilizer use and make all agricultural production much more environmentally friendly: controlled environment agriculture

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sectorWhen we look at climate change, the future for many seems to hold only short-term despair and long-term disaster. Will humans be able to survive, let alone prosper? Before we let today’s doomsters depress us, let’s look at an earlier apocalyptic forecast. Around the turn of the 19th century, Thomas Malthus predicted the end of…

Be kind. Our staff is working as hard as they can

People who have worked in customer service jobs are now avoiding these positions at all costs

Be kind. Our staff is working as hard as they canIt should be good news. Canada now has the lowest unemployment rate ever. Certainly, a high unemployment rate is bad news. When the rate hits double digits with one in 10 out of work, the economy is in trouble and Canadian workers – and politicians – become fearful about getting and keeping a job. But…

Pilot program offers hope for the homeless

May be a solution for most of the homeless people in Canada

Pilot program offers hope for the homelessAs most of us remembered on Canada Day, this is a pretty good country to live in. It’s hard to think of a better one. But it’s not perfect. We do have some serious problems that need fixing, like homelessness. In a country as rich as Canada, no one should have to go hungry, and…

Having trouble keeping or hiring staff?

Increasing wages works to some extent. But retraining and being a better boss will do more

Having trouble keeping or hiring staff?There are many challenges to running a business, including getting capital, getting customers and meeting the competition. Add staffing to the list. Hiring workers used to be less difficult. Any vacancy announcement attracted many more applicants than employers were able to consider. But now, there are multiple vacancies for every able, willing and available worker.…

How to win the war against global famine

Stop feeding people food to cars and animals

How to win the war against global famineAs if plagues and wars aren’t enough, the media is scaring us about oncoming food shortages. We’re already seeing rising prices in restaurants and grocery stores, and we’re being warned about actual famines in other countries. There are three main causes. One is the damage to the supply chain movements caused by the pandemic. Hopefully,…

How we can each deal with inflation

Buying only what we really need eases our budgets, simplifies our lives and cools the economy

How we can each deal with inflationInflation is a relatively new concept to younger people, who have never experienced the onslaught of rising prices. It’s chilling to those who have lived through or learned of times when hard-earned and well-saved money depreciated in value. Monetary policy in Canada aims to keep inflation at or under two per cent. The latest rate…
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