Blog Entries by Rachel Mendleson

Generation Y And Home Ownership: A Generation Of Renters, But Not By Choice

(108) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 8:18 AM

Sociologists couldn’t do better than Bram Warshafsky, 23, as a model for the attitude shift toward home ownership that they have long predicted for his generation.

Raised in a four-bedroom house in an upper-middle-class neighbourhood in midtown Toronto, Warshafsky, the second of four boys, appreciated having enough space in the...

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Youth Underemployment, Not Unemployment, Is The Bigger Problem In Canada: Report

(135) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:49 PM

There’s plenty of hand-wringing over high youth unemployment in the wake of the recession, but according to a new study, the plight of the young and jobless is not as alarming as another, more pressing concern: underemployment.

Released on Tuesday by the Certified General Association of Canada (CGA), the...

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Canada's Economic Diversity Takes A Hit: Oil, Gas And Mining Now Nearly As Big As All Of Manufacturing

(115) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 5:00 AM

A new report from Bank of Montreal predicts that oil-rich Alberta will lead the country in economic growth this year, yet another confirmation of Canada’s growing dependence on natural resources to fuel its economy.

Most Canadians understand how the country’s industrial mix has shifted over the last decade...

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Income Inequality In Canada: Ed Broadbent Wants To Give Tories 'A Good Shake'

(122) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 5:16 AM

Ed Broadbent has a novel idea for convincing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Conservative politicians to care about income inequality.

“I would like to take them all and give them a good shake, and take them back to talk to their parents or grandparents,” he said.

As he...

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Affordable Housing Canada: Housing Boom, Government Cutbacks Create 'Rent Squeeze'

(60) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 8:49 AM

Rosie Da Silva feels like she has been “living on quicksand” for the past year, her future in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats with the power to uproot her on a whim.

The instability set in last fall, when in the midst of an austerity push at Toronto City...

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Trade School Toronto Aims To Spur Barter Economy As Youth Seek Alternatives In Post-Recession World

(22) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 10:12 AM

Toronto student Marina Wilson, 13, will trade the secret behind her business of making fashion accessories out of duct tape for craft supplies. In exchange for baked goods, a 29-year-old economist at Deloitte will teach a lesson on basic economic issues.

Those are just some of the barter-for-knowledge exchanges...

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Margaret Wente Plagiarism Allegations: Globe And Mail Takes Unspecified 'Displinary Action' Against Columnist

(49) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 10:51 AM

After days of mounting pressure from readers and industry experts, The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s largest newspapers, has clarified its response to plagiarism allegations swirling around star columnist Margaret Wente.

The paper took unspecified “disciplinary action” against the veteran journalist for a 2009 column that...

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Ontario Migrant Workers Face Systemic Exploitation, Metcalf Foundation Study Says

(117) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 8:01 AM

They pick our fruit, care for our children and wash dishes in our restaurants.

But without an adequate legal framework in place to protect their rights, a new study warns, the growing number of lower-skilled migrant workers employed in Ontario face systemic exploitation and “permanent insecurity.”

Released Monday by...

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Canadian Auto Workers Strike? CAW's Battle With Big 3 Marks Pivotal Moment For Unions In Canada

(127) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 5:32 AM

One of the most intense rounds of auto-sector contracts talks in recent memory could become a defining moment in the struggle of Canada’s labour movement to regain its footing amid flagging membership, a decline in public support and a tougher corporate stance.

If the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) cannot...

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Canada Youth Unemployment Rate Continues To Rise To 'Unacceptable' Levels

(70) Comments | Posted September 8, 2012 | 6:00 AM

It has been yet another summer of discontent for Canada’s youth.

While the economy added 34,000 jobs in August, the latest data from Statistics Canada show that employment among Canada’s youth fell by 22,000 — a continuation of a trend that appears to be leaving...

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U.S. 'Fiscal Cliff' Could Take Canada's Economy Down With It, Economist Warns

(119) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 6:08 AM

Engaged in a game of chicken with a teenage rival, Buzz Gunderson drives full throttle toward a steep cliff, intending to stay in the car only long enough to outlast his challenger, played by James Dean. But when he tries to jump to safety, his jacket gets caught on the...

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Quebec Election 2012: Economic Turmoil Around World Makes Sovereignty Threat A (Relatively) Minor Problem

(163) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:39 AM

With the Parti Quebecois poised to regain power for the first time in almost a decade — be it with a minority or majority government — some members of Quebec’s business community are bracing for the worst.

Chief among their concerns is the political uncertainty that attends the...

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Excellon Mine Blockade Breached By Mexican Security Forces, Company Regains Access (UPDATED)

(6) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Following a seven-week-standoff with landowners in Durango State, Mexico, security forces have moved to disperse a blockade at a mine owned by Toronto-based Excellon Resources, a local human rights group reports.

According to the group ProDESC, a caravan of buses carrying about 100 Mexican soldiers and both federal and...

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Canada Real Estate Affordability: First-Time Home Buyers Sidelined By Prices, Mortgage Rules

(55) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 7:50 AM

In some respects, Katrina Armstrong has chosen to have a family over owning a family home.

She and her husband, who share a two-bedroom rented apartment in a leafy, west-end Toronto neighbourhood with their 18-month-old son, had envisioned buying a house that they could someday leave to their children....

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Excellon Blockade: Mexico Conflict Highlights Shortcomings Of Canadian Mining Oversight

(60) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 6:00 AM

The blockade outside La Platosa — a high-grade, Canadian-owned silver mine in the northeastern Mexican state of Durango — is by all accounts a peaceful protest.

Since early July, about 70 community members have camped out on the remote, sunscorched patch of land to demonstrate against what they see as...

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Bob Rennie: Vancouver Housing Bubble Fears Overblown, Real-Estate Marketer Says

(51) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 4:00 AM

Talk of Vancouver’s housing bubble and affordability crisis are overblown, says the city’s most influential real-estate marketer.

Bob Rennie, who spearheaded some of the most pivotal — and controversial — real estate projects in the city over the past four decades, said a minority of high-end sales are skewing figures...

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Canada Housing Market: Bubble Could Be Poised To Burst, According To Report

(180) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 9:45 PM

As debate about the stability of the Canadian housing market continues to swirl, a new report has come down firmly on the side of the bubble believers.

Rising debt levels, falling personal savings rates and house prices that have become detached from rents signal that a significant correction is...

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Target Canada Protest: Zellers Workers, Unions Demonstrate Against Mass Layoffs

(192) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Target's Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ont., became the site of a protest on Wednesday morning, as a delegation of labour leaders and a former Zellers employee questioned a company executive about the decision not to keep on more than 10,000 employees in Zellers locations that are being converted to Target...

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LNG In BC: Liquefied Natural Gas Projects Meet Fierce Global Competition

(22) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 8:00 AM

British Columbia’s drive to become a major contender in the liquefied natural gas industry may be dashed by global competition for the Asian market, which is eroding the financials behind big LNG projects planned for the province, industry watchers say.

There are at least four LNG projects in the planning...

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POSH View Media, Calgary Startup, Courted By U.S. Firms As Canada's Innovation Gap Persists

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 4:00 AM

If there is any doubt that keeping promising tech startups in Canada is difficult, consider the recent experience of Calgary entrepreneurs Kenneth Bond and Pieter Boekhoff.

In March, the former software developers launched POSH View Media, a company they hope will power the next phase of touch-screen...

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