Aug 3

Democracy

  It may mean nothing. Or something. In the first two days of last August 168 houses sold in Calgary. This…

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Jul 31

If He Asked Me

It’s a day etched in my memory. The prime minister called me into his office on the third floor of…

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Jul 30

Lessons

Some things worth knowing as we head into a weekend federal election call, a slagging Canadian economy and the biggest…

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Jul 29

The Cure

The Doctor is in. Here, read this TIME issue from 1975 and shut up. Nurse practitioner Amy Zon will be…

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Jul 28

Missing F

Ever wonder why the federal finance minister is such a wuss?“We do not see the need for major changes at…

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Jul 24

Puppies

  “Hey business guy,” she said, sticking her head through the doorway and loud-talking over the Dow Jones machine, “wanna dog?” I…

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Jul 23

Pooched

History will show it wasn’t foreign buyers who pushed real estate values into the nutty zone in places like YVR,…

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Jul 22

What Could Go Wrong?

“I’m wondering,” says David, “what your thoughts are on possible catalysts to spark a housing correction in Toronto/Vancouver–especially ones other…

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Jul 21

The Uncrash

About the time Michael was a little wriggler dodging serious traffic in the birth canal, things were not cool outside…

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Jul 19

Special

 Two weeks ago the high-priced economists at Scotiabank sent this message to clients: “The country is not in recession in any…

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Jul 17

Home Country Bias

I thought this was an interesting blog comment yesterday: Garth you sound like The American more and more. I am open…

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Jul 16

Not Good

It won’t take a lot to push the dollar into the 76-cent range. Or to see oil below fifty bucks.…

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Jul 15

A Tale of Two Nations

In Washington this morning: Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said prospects are good for further improvements in the labour market and…

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Jul 14

Over-Stimulation

Sigh. Yet another boring post on monetary policy? Apparently I don’t have a life. But as we approach Ground Zero…

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Jul 13

The Unthinkable

If Canadian interest rates head lower Wednesday morning, history will be rebuffed. It would be one of the most overtly…

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Jul 12

Myopia

Renowned for its namesake gooey bars, a few biker gangs, Diana Krall (hot) and some world-class strip bars, Nanaimo is…

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Jul 10

Bad Behaviour

So, let’s review. Last weekend the Greek people decisively voted down a deal with Europe. This weekend their government accepted the…

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Jul 9

Lessons

I’ve been a financial journalist, editor and media entrepreneur. A politician for nine years, too, in part running Canada’s tax…

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Jul 8

Greed. Fear. Repeat.

The poor Chinese. They’ve been pilloried on this blog for single-handedly making Vancouver houses (not to mention those in Unionville…

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