A lonely Canada can pay off for the food industry

The number of households in Canada with just one person has never been higher. And the food industry is taking notice

A lonely Canada can pay off for the food industryThe number of households in Canada with just one person has never been higher. And the food industry is taking notice. More than 28 per cent of Canadian households have just one person. That’s almost four million households. That number could reach five million in few years – a little less than the combined population…

The 2010 Acura TSX is still a pretty good bet

Buying used: In virtually every area, this generation of the TSX receives top or near-the-top grades

The 2010 Acura TSX is still a pretty good betOriginally based on the European Honda Accord, the Acura TSX has always been an intriguing blend of performance and luxury. Not a hard-and-fast sport sedan along the lines of the Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series, it still holds its own under most circumstances. The 2010 version is powered by either a 3.5-litre V6 or…

Why predatory pricing in Canada’s airline industry must stop

If the smaller competitors are driven from the market, how long will it take for fares to increase, to the detriment of consumers?

Why predatory pricing in Canada’s airline industry must stopCanada’s air travel industry is a mess, with 87 per cent of the domestic market controlled by two carriers and Canadians enduring some of the highest airfares in the world. We actually fly less and see less of our country compared to citizens of other countries precisely because it’s so expensive. We deserve a better…

Food inspectors getting tough on olive oil fraud

Food fraud affects many food categories, but stakes are a little higher with olive oil due to potential allergens in substitute ingredients

Food inspectors getting tough on olive oil fraudOlive production in Italy was hard hit last year due to an early frost. The country’s production dropped by 57 per cent. Greece and Portugal suffered similar fates, along with pest issues, and saw their production drop by 35 and 15 per cent, respectively. Short food supplies generate economically-motivated adulteration, that is, adding a inferior…

Lack of competition pushes up your cost to use the Internet

Canada is among the world’s leaders when it comes to restrictive foreign ownership rules, and the digital realm is no exception

Lack of competition pushes up your cost to use the InternetMany of the close to 90 per cent of Canadians who subscribe to home Internet plans will begin to see their monthly bills go up next month by, it appears, $2 to $9 a month. It could be more and if you’re on a locked-in plan you might not feel the impact right away. But…

Three gadget reboots worth another look

New Kindle Paperwhite, Fitbit Charge and the iRobot Roomba models make for great contenders

Three gadget reboots worth another lookHave you ever hesitated to buy a gadget because it wasn't quite right? Or perhaps you bought something but found the technology wasn’t up to the job? You’re not alone, but there are always new things coming onto the market or retooled devices that might fit the bill. So we’re having a first look at…

Self-checkouts at the grocery store are still a pain

But grocers are compelled to keep introducing technological solutions to improve the shopping experience

Self-checkouts at the grocery store are still a painGrocers have always had a love-hate relationship with technology, which may explain why most of our self-checkout experiences are poor. But change is on the way. Some Canadians detest going to the grocery store. It’s repetitive, tiring and can be quite unpleasant, especially when the store is busy. Picking up groceries and lugging them home…

Farmers pay a high price for the convenience of consumers

The further food moves from the farm, the more the profit is diluted. Unless farmers can sell directly to consumers, they'll fall back

Farmers pay a high price for the convenience of consumersCanadians are spending more on food prepared and often consumed outside the home, but our pursuit of convenience may be costing farmers. According to some surveys, about 35 per cent of the average Canadian’s food budget is spent on food prepared outside the home. This is nowhere near what Americans spend on out-of-household food, which…

Wherever we go, WeeGo goes to keep our devices powered up

Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes. The Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution

Wherever we go, WeeGo goes to keep our devices powered upNo matter where our travels take us, we never seem to have enough battery power to keep things charged up. Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes. The Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution. The Weego 44 is powerful, putting out 400 true cranking amps – the power the battery…

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybrid

The 2010 Ford Fusion, 2007 Honda Civic and 2004 Toyota Prius all have much to recommend them

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybridOne of the pleasant bonuses of owning a hybrid vehicle is that it will probably be reliable. Indeed, according to Consumer Reports, most hybrids are more dependable than their garden variety non-hybrid counterparts. The Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids, for example, generally top the list for most reliable cars, period, from this organization and elsewhere.…