Pass the ball, and your wallet

Anyone who watched this year’s Super Bowl was likely impressed with the new Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. This US$1.15 billion mega-structure features a retractable roof and variable seating, which, at its full capacity, can fit 100,000 people. Stadiums serve as status symbols, either for the owners of the team or the city in which the team […]

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Dinner with Arnold Schwarzenegger

My eyes squinted as I looked at my emails, the type seeming a bit too small and the screen a bit too bright. I was tired. Sitting near the elevator in the Fairmont Hotel, my mind began to drift into that haze that accompanies the desire to sleep. Just as I began to drift off, […]

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iLeave

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple (AAPL), has announced that he will be relinquishing his day-to-day duties, taking a “medical leave” from the company. In Jobs’s absence, COO Tim Cook will manage the day-to-day operations of Apple, the manufacturer of the popular iPhone and iPod devices. “I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of […]

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The Big Issue

Over the holiday season, a day in a new city and a brief encounter with a man named Victor taught me an important lesson, managed to tweak my perspective and granted me inspiration. Victor is a street vendor who was selling a magazine, which I bought simply out of curiosity. What makes Victor unlike other […]

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It’s a long way to the top

Life at the top is something that is difficult to fathom from the bottom. While average Canadians are still struggling with the effects of the global recession, CEOs of Canada’s largest publicly traded companies are far from pinching pennies. According to a recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Canada’s highest paid […]

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Ford is No. 1

For the first time in 50 years, Ford has surpassed General Motors in total vehicle sales. This development is another indication of the changing global economy and the ripple effects of the economic crisis. Of the big three automakers, Ford, GM and Chrysler, only Ford did not require a bailout from the U.S., Canadian and […]

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Quebec remains firm on tuition increases

QUEBEC CITY (CUP) — The Quebec government reaffirmed their commitment to raise tuition in the province. Thousands of students from across the province protested the meeting between government officials and student and university leaders in the capital on Dec. 6. But, despite the large protest and walkouts by student and labour groups, the government has […]

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Obama reaches tax cut compromise

In response to the recent Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives, President Barack Obama was compelled to compromise on one of his key campaign pledges, a compromise that could have a large effect on the world’s biggest economy. The compromise centred on tax rates for Americans making more than US$ 200,000 per year, […]

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Trouble in the U.S. of A.

The future looks bleak for the economy of the United States. Currently, the U.S. is embroiled in a dispute about whether the decision by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to purchase US$ 600 billion in bonds is the correct move. It seems that the U.S. government is out of options, and the fact that it […]

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Old enemies, new friends

China and Russia have sent a shockwave through the financial world, as they announced that they would no longer use the American dollar when trading with each other. Though this may seem like a rather innocuous announcement, it could be the first step in the decline of the U.S. dollar as the world’s trading currency. […]

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