Consumerism

Did You Know Supermarket Loyalty Programs Have Public Health Rewards?

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Knowing the source of the virus, the team sent out an advisory to the general public concerning the risk of consuming the berries and hoped they would not be dealing with a large-scale problem. Thankfully, only a few more cases appeared; they too had come into contact with the contaminated culprit.

Sometimes More Pay Means Less Satisfaction

Leah Eichler | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

One of the most stressful material burdens we place on ourselves is all the stuff that comes along with success. For me, each pay increase was correlated with an increase in spending. I felt I needed to spend more on goods and services -- dog walkers, food delivery, house cleaning -- to accommodate my ever-more-demanding lifestyle.

Explaining to Your Child Why Santa Gave the Neighbours More Gifts

Angela Hartlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

While the fantasy surrounding Santa can be a magical experience for a child, how to deal with the consequences of explaining "how a man with infinite resources has left you with less than your peers" can become complicated and send out the wrong message about the child's worth if Santa's yearly rewards don't add up to those of their elementary counterparts.

Hermits Are Fashionable Again -- And They Aren't All Solitary

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

Hermits are apparently becoming fashionable again. A study by I. Turina at the University of Bologna shows that the number of hermits in Europe is gro...

Parasites and Profiteering: Brand Apathy in the Twitter Age

Andrew Rennie | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Andrew Rennie

We're living in an age where everyone with an Internet connection has the ability to become a journalist; to write his or her own critique of a product or service. And if they lack diction or the ability to disseminate their ideas into the digital realm, they can easily connect with someone who can help them articulate, package and market their thoughts.

Ease and Simplicity: The Saviors of Independent Retail

Ana Wang | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada
Ana Wang

The world is changing and so is the way we shop: boutiques have closed up and wholesale business for the most part has dropped significantly over the past few years. A new breed of entrepreneurs are cropping up, and they want to do it differently. They're going direct to the customer, cutting out the middleman, and building lean and mean vertical enterprises.

10 Perils We Face in the 21st Century

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

While we might think that the dangers we face come in the form of nuclear proliferation, rampant war-mongering, easy access to weapons, global warming and global financial collapse, we'd be wrong. While all the above are dangerous, to be sure, they're just symptoms of the real dangers we face. The real and growing dangers that immanently threaten our survival are tenfold.

The Headline That Got us Thinking: "Can You Shop Your Blues Away?"

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We've all seen those parents in the checkout lines, bribing toddlers with disposable toys for a moment of silent reprieve. Admittedly, we've both made friends with a florist to make up for missed birthdays and forgotten anniversaries. Each of us harbours a bit of consumer guilt. You buy things, you give things. For an instant, all is forgiven. But there is meaning beyond the material. Here's how you can shop without the high.

We Are All Health Care Consumers Now

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.27.2012 | Canada
Neil Seeman

The debate over health care consumerism -- a more overarching issue bound up in the very notion of Canadianism -- is over. Outside of dusty corners of academia, Canadians agree that health care is a service industry like any other. It's just more complicated.

Don't Say the D-word

David Suzuki | Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

A kerfuffle is raised every time a comedian, politician, or businessperson uses the F-word or the N-word. I understand that. But to me, the D-word is the most obscene. I'm referring to disposable.

Occupy Wall Street's Hope for Change

David Suzuki | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Why does our economic system place a higher value on disposable and often unnecessary goods than on the things like clean air and productive soil? Sure, there's some contradiction in protesters carrying iPhones while railing against the consumer system. But this is not just about making personal sacrifices

China to Apple: We're Makin' Copies

Tim Querengesser | Posted 10.15.2011 | Canada
Tim Querengesser

Copying has long been what China does with Western stuff, but the Apple Store story seems to have touched a new nerve. Now, not only is the product being copied but the retail aesthetic and subsequent hype is, too. That's being perceived as a threat.

Should You Celebrate Father's Day?

Walletpop Canada | Julia Kollewe | Posted 08.18.2011 | Canada

It's Father's Day on Sunday but many won't be celebrating because they believe it has become too commercial. Nearly a quarter of us would rather be...