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Technology Could Enable the Four-Day Work Week

Jon Packer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Well not exactly. But Larry Page, co-founder of Google, does tell us that working a 40-hour week is an out-moded employment model. He believes that through smart design and technology we could work a four-day week or less. Now, with over $32 billion in the bank it is easy for Page to make such lofty assertions, but he might have a point.

Should the Black Market Economy Count Towards GDP?

Salman Sakir | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

When drugs and prostitution are counted in calculating GDP, one could ask why the items in the basket are not increased. Forced labor, human trafficking and illegal organ trade are also elements of the black market. If drugs and prostitution are counted in calculating GDP, should a country also count forced labor and human trafficking in calculating GDP?

Are Prices About to Go Up?

Peter Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Clearly it is a worry that five years beyond the crisis, price growth is as tame as it is. Worse yet, in many cases, recent monthly inflation is getting thinner.

Amazon's Micro-Drones Are a Good Thing

Jon Packer | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

The newly announced Amazon PrimeAir drone concept is essentially a mini-flying airplane that will deliver small purchases to your door in about half an hour. The commercialization of drones continues a micro-trend that is changing how we live and interact with the world around us for the better.

Interview: Restaurant Writer Joe Warwick on "Where Chefs Eat"

Marion Kane | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Living
Marion Kane

With his long, wavy hair, and the unusual title "restau­rant writer," Irish-raised Lon­doner Joe Warwick sounded like a bit of mav­er­ick. And when, micro­phone in hand, I met up with him for an inter­view amid the event's lively crowd, he didn't disappoint.

Harper's International Victory

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Over a 20-year period, the term of the lease now being renewed by ICAO and Quebec/Canada, ICAO will generate several billion dollars of revenue for the city of Montreal. This is a fight that Harper had to win. And he, Baird and the whole Team Montreal, won decisively. A huge international victory.

There's Nothing Fair About Canada-China Trade

Diane Francis | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Last week, a casualty of China's unfair treatment of foreign investors spoke privately about the new trade deal signed between Ottawa and Beijing. Ottawa capitulated to China on everything. The deal, using a hockey metaphor, allows only a select few to play on Team Canada on a small patch of ice in China and to be fouled, without remedies or referees.

The Russians Are Coming Too

Diane Francis | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Sovereign-owned or controlled enterprises (SOEs) from questionable countries have no business in the boardrooms of Canada or other free enterprise nations. This concern about SOEs is not just about China. Russia is another questionable regime with companies investing here and all over the world that are owned by The Kremlin or by oligarchs who answer to it.

Sharing Embassies With Britain An 'Administrative' Move

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The plan by Canada and Britain to consolidate consular services in some embassies sparked criticism Monday that the Harper government is turn...

Ottawa To Open Joint U.K.-Canadian Diplomatic Missions Abroad

CBC | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and British Foreign Secretary William Hague will sign an agreement to open joint Canada-U.K. diplomatic missions a...

Fashion has No Borders in Shanghai [Photo Feature]

Ramp1885.com | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

It has certainly been a global sporting affair this summer. With EuroCup 2012 in the history books, the world is now prepping for more sporting love with the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics. In that spirit, we thought what better way to show our love than with this photo feature by Shanghai-based fashion photographer Yocky Zhang. Shot in Shanghai, Zhang takes us on a global excursion filled with flags, colour and international models.

Chief Rabbi or Corrupt Pol?

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Living
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

In September 2012, a successor to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the current Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, will be appointed. The new rabbi will begin his tenure in September 2013. If the post will not undergo a major transformation and become purely one of spiritual and educational leadership, then it is far better to leave the post empty than to continue the institution of a chief rabbi.

To Learn to Flush, You Need a Toilet

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 05.11.2012 | Canada
Michael Bociurkiw

The world has reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water, five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. While that is good news, millions of people, for instance, still live without a toilet. Not a very sexy topic -- but one which is of great concern if the world is to meet goals on reducing under-five mortality.

Canada Joins the Debt Danger Zone

Diane Francis | Posted 02.20.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Canada is in the danger zone and as taxpayers sustain blows to their paycheques and portfolios and private-sector pensions, the governments in Canada (Alberta excepted) must tighten their belts and slash the pay and benefits of all of their public employees.

Porn Access On BlackBerrys Under Review

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada Business

LONDON, United Kingdom -- BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) has been summoned to a meeting with the United Kingdom's telecommunications re...

#OccupyWallStreet Proposals Add Up

Simon Zadek | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
Simon Zadek

Who is listening to the folks camping out in downtown Manhattan? President Obama should call out the root cause of his shortcomings at the polls, but is otherwise engaged in retaining Wall Street support for his re-election campaign. And what of us, informed and active, democracy-loving citizens?

Our Politicians Not Warming to Climate Change

Andrew Weaver | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
Andrew Weaver

It's no wonder that our political leaders are having such a difficult time introducing the policies needed to reduce greenhouse gases. They would not see the climate effects of this policy realized during their political career. In fact, they may not be realized in their entire lifetime.

Our Heroes Are M.I.A. During Financial Crisis

Andrew Cooper | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

As the global economy continues to struggle, the image of heroic leadership has waned. President Obama falls into this category, exhorting Americans to buy his economic agenda but running into the obstacles presented by Congress and a cynical and deeply divided public.

Will David Cameron's 'Big Society' Work in Ottawa?

Donald Lenihan | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada
Donald Lenihan

Maybe British Prime Minister David Cameron will light a policy fire under the Harper government while he's in Ottawa. His Big Society idea challenges citizens to get Big Government out of the way. But putting cost-cutting and community empowerment side-by-side can produce the perfect storm of political opportunism.