How Trade Negotiations Could Affect Your Groceries

The average Canadian likely knows more about the "Caramilk secret" than it does about the issues currently on the table in two major trade negotiations that could significantly impact the Canadian food industry. Clues about the status of the talks and the issues on the table have largely come only through leaked information and speculation.

Is it Dutch Disease or a Central Canadian Cold?

On Friday, Mark Carney told us that advocates of the so-called Dutch Disease theory have it wrong. A bit of data is a good thing in a heated debate. Consider Statistics Canada latest (seasonally adjusted) monthly manufacturing sales numbers covering June 2012 sales. And when you do, ask yourself a simple question: does the data support Dutch Disease -- or are we seeing a case of a Central Canadian Cold?

Canada's Trade Deficit Doubles

OTTAWA - Canada's trade performance with the rest of the world worsened for the third consecutive month in June, providing fresh evidence of the global economic slowdown's impact on the country's key...

Why Sending Your Old Clothes to Africa Doesn't Help

Aid and development are deeply complex and there are no easy answers. The physical donations of goods, be it food or clothes, often have negative impacts on the local economy. It would be far better for aid organizations to buy products locally. Aid shouldn't be about making North Americans comfortable with a culture of mass consumption and waste. It has to be actually making the lives of people in the recipient country better.

Canucks to Cody Hodgson: It's Not You It's Me

I remember reading, years ago, a rumour in the now defunct Frank Magazine claiming that one of the Canucks' top defense-men was traded because he was caught "banging the twine" with the goalie's wife. I have no idea if the rumour was true, but it made more sense than the official story in the papers.
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Tories Look East

OTTAWA - The Harper government is taking a close look at the pros and cons of doing business with state-owned enterprises in China, The Canadian Press has learned.The politically-tinged issue is part...

Canada's Trade Deficit Grows Larger

OTTAWA - Canada's merchandise trade deficit widened in August as import growth outpaced exports in response to softening U.S. demand and a strong loonie, but analysts saw a positive side to Thursday's...

Ottawa To Fight Buy American Bill

OTTAWA - Ottawa is vowing to fight the latest attempt in the United States to place a Buy American restriction on a new multibillion-dollar government job creation package.Trade Minister Ed Fast said...

Harper Jets Off To Woo Latin America

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves Sunday for a six-day swing through Latin America.His first stop is Brazil, which is now the world's seventh-largest economy.Harper's main goal is to help...