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Brand Lets Dangerous Animals Design Its Jeans

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Style

Lions, tigers, and bears—oh my! One clothing label has launched “the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals.” Japanese brand Zoo ...

Watch Out! The Central Bank Will Raise Interest Rates Soon

Peter Hall | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

In an unprecedented move, the Fed undertook an extraordinary experiment in monetary policy. Unable to further target an interest rate, already at zero, the Fed began announcing a quantity of cash that it would inject into the financial system by purchasing large numbers of government bonds and other highly-rated securities, and replacing them with cash.

Unfamiliar Mussel Travels To B.C. On Tsunami Debris

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A sea creature at risk of going extinct in Asia is proving to be a survivor, but after an arduous ocean journey it's not welcome to find s...

The Hidden Truth in Unemployment Stats

Peter Hall | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Have you seen the numbers lately? We should be celebrating in the streets! Recent economic performance has driven unemployment rates down to levels that many believed would not be seen for years to come. So why doesn't it feel that way?

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.

Cultural Insights on China and Japan That Everyone Can Use

Sara Graham | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

A personal introduction in advance will make your visit all the more enjoyable. Both Japanese and Chinese cultures view it as a sign of respect to extend themselves on behalf of a mutual friend, and you may find that they go to significant personal inconvenience and expense to make you feel welcome.

Typhoons Are Only Getting More Powerful as the Planet Warms

David Fogarty | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

The intensity of tropical cyclones striking East Asia has sharply increased over the past 30 years and major cities and ports such as Shanghai in China could face a greater threat from more powerful storms in future, a study published on Thursday shows.

Surprise of the Year: Hope Restored?

Peter Hall | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Pessimism is a hallmark of the post-crisis period, and it was with us for so long, we almost didn't notice. Confidence -- its polar opposite -- is one of those necessities that we take for granted. That is, until they are taken away. Without confidence, at best we cower in the shadows, coming out to carry on basic activities, and scurrying back for shelter. At worst, it causes the collapse of financial systems and the distribution of goods and services -- in a word, chaos. But this year, we regained something: hope.

10 Destinations You'll Want To Go Next

AFP | Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel

(Relaxnews) - Relaxed travel rules to Cuba have resulted in a record number of Americans travelling to the island country over the last few years and ...

What's Working in Canada's Economy and What Isn't

Peter Hall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Canada's overall numbers are not as impressive, but they reflect the growth rotation that will see exports and business investment grab the baton from the consumer and housing sectors. Conditions already favour export growth: a weakening loonie, a surge in leading sectors, a key export market that is leading the way, and strong demand for resources.

Breakthrough: U.S. Confidence Finally Returns

Peter Hall | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

During recessions, American sentiment is typically volatile. One of the most remarkable recent developments in the world economy is the change in U.S. sentiment. After three failed attempts, the Conference Board Index of Consumer Confidence has finally and convincingly popped back into the "normal" zone.

The Climate Change Dilemma for Investors

Sangita Iyer | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

In this sequel to my previous article, I shed light on some of the recent divestment decisions by European banks, sending a stern message to the fossi...

Bee-Killing Germs May Leave You With Less Food Options

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For centuries, bees have been a steady part of agriculture. However, in the last decade, due to a rather pesky germ and modern day crop management, this stability has been threatened. What's worse is that the impact could lead to less choice at the grocery store and inevitably higher prices. This past week, scientists definitively found the source of the bee population downturn. Unfortunately, it may be a case of too little, too late.

Canada: A World Leader in 2012 Foreign Investment Rankings

Peter Hall | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

These flows provide us with access to key resources, fast-growing markets and allow for production systems that are better aligned to country or regional economic attributes owing to the efficiencies of global supply chains. As such, it is essential to keep a close eye on global investment movements. What can we say about recent activity?

Will the Summer Shine on or Sour the Economy?

Peter Hall | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

There's a sour seasonality that has become entrenched in recent global economics. In the past few years, summer has become a disarmingly punctual momentum-killer of global production. Perhaps the most critical question in EDC's Summer 2013 Global Export Forecast is whether we are in for yet another summer drubbing, or whether this is the year we break with that sorry tradition.

We Need More Than Slogans to Bring Investment to Canada

Michael Coates | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Business
Michael Coates

At a recent seminar in Tokyo designed to generate investment in Canada's natural resource sector, the interest among Japanese investors was evident. But it was equally clear that Canada faces stiff competition to woo investors. Simply repeating that "Canada is open for business" and expecting the investment dollars to roll in won't work.

Think Canada Has the World's Best Health Care? Think Again

Mark Milke | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

We would wager citizens of every country think health care could be improved. However, we would also bet a plane ticket to someone's favourite summer getaway that Canadians will find countries with universal health care, such as Australia, Japan, or favourite tourist destinations in Europe, have far better health care than we do. That's because their citizens and their governments have no hang-ups about the three boogeymen of upfront fees, "private" insurance, and private delivery. They are also nations with progressive, sensible health care practices that could help improve Canada's health care system.

Tea - a Mirror of the Soul Speaks to Vancouver's Spiritual Possibilities

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

For a city by the sea -- a port town that enthusiastically believes in its own "world-class" status -- Vancouver is a shockingly segregated place, a ...

At Least 3 Dead In Tokyo Tunnel Collapse

CBC | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada

At least nine bodies have been found after parts of a tunnel collapsed on a highway west of Tokyo, trapping vehicles, according to the national broadc...

Islands Dispute Ignites Old Tensions Between Chinese, Japanese

Suzanne Ma | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

When Japan's government purchased some of the Diaoyu Islands from their private Japanese owners in September, Beijing sent surveillance ships to challenge the move, igniting old tensions in a long simmering dispute. The tensions that exist between the two nations are not contained to diplomats and politicians, they reverberate among people in both countries and across a 40 million-strong diaspora. Here in Canada, many Chinese-Canadians are polite and speak only among themselves about such issues.

Eating Sushi? You Are Doing it Wrong

Tetsuro Shigematsu | Posted 12.21.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Tetsuro Shigematsu

If a real friend is the person who tells you when you have bad breath, then what I'm about to tell you will make me your best friend; whenever you eat sushi, you are embarrassing yourself. That's right, the abominations you commit to your California Roll bring shame upon your whole family. Are you one of those people who rub their chopsticks together? Do you proudly explain to your rube aunt from Kelowna that this is how you get rid of the splinters? Dude, look around you. This isn't Quest for Fire. You are not Survivorman Les Stroud, trying to get some kindling to smoke. You are in a sushi-ya on Broadway.

Should the U.S. Stick Its Head in Our Oil Sands?

Christopher Sands | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada Business
Christopher Sands

Senator Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to intervene to block the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) -- a state-owned firm -- from purchasing Nexen, a Canadian energy company active in the oil sands of Alberta. At first glance, it seems awfully presumptuous of the United States government to intervene at all.

Safety Metrics Made in Japan and Canada

Sunil Chacko | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada
Sunil Chacko

Japan's Parliamentary Nuclear Accident Investigation Commission, the first of its kind in the history of Japan's constitutional government, independent and having subpoena power, delivered a stinging indictment of the nuclear plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), regulators and the government. At the same time, the Commission's recommendations lay the solid ground for building accountability, transparency and independence that are the sure building blocks for ensuring public safety.

Japan Celebrates As Reactors Switched Off

CP | Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada

TOKYO - Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the last of this nation's 50 nuclear reactors switching off Saturday, shaking banners shaped as gia...

Did Tsunami Motorcycle Wash Ashore In Canada?

CBC | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada

A beachcomber on British Columbia's Haida Gwaii islands has discovered what may be the first piece of debris from the Japanese tsunami to...