10/09/2011 12:34 EDT | Updated 12/08/2011 05:12 EST

Sunday Roundup

We Canadians have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving--not least for the relative stability of our economy has so far maintained amidst the steadily worsening global storm. It's in part due to the skillful handling by our federal government, and the responsible decisions made by our banking community; it's also helped that Canada is a major supplier of oil. But however our luck has held, as someone who travels back and forth between the U.S. and here, it's hard to overstate how dire the situation feels--and IS--down south. It's no wonder, then, that Forbes magazine declared Canada the No. 1 country in the world with which to do business, a fact explained by our blogger, David Gratzer. And as the world reeled from the death of Steve Jobs last week, speculation immediately commenced on how could fill his very big sneakers. I'm proud to say that Arianna Huffington, founder of the growing Huffington Post empire, was named by the influential "Silicon Alley" as one of the top "New York's Coolest Tech People in 2010." It's not Steve Jobs' sneakers she will fill, of course--who could?--but she can round out a pretty swell pair of Louboutins. Ontarians may or may not be thankful for the narrow re-election of Dalton McGuinty as premier on Thursday. Tim Hudak, not. But we here at are most thankful for our election team that provided the best coverage on the web, including the daily debate by our contributors John Duffy, Jason Lietaer and Heather Fraser.

Meanwhile, I'll be celebrating the holiday with my family out in our little cottage in Prince Edward County, Ontario, which boasts some of the most beautiful farmland on earth. I've made it a household policy over this past year to try and buy/eat only local, fresh, seasonal ingredients--difficult in an urban setting through the winter, but boy do you welcome the first harvests of spring at our local farmers' markets. Out in the county, pretty much everything we eat is grown within a 20-mile radius, including the eggs. If you have not tried this sort of produce, I urge you to follow the advice of our new contributor, Malcolm Jolley, and do so: Not only will you be supporting the growing local farmer's movement, but the food actually tastes better. You'll never go back to an imported waxy January tomato again.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.