The Avro Arrow’s demise was a high-tech tragedy

The made-in-Canada jet interceptor certainly had its problems. But the manner in which it was killed raised serious questions

The Avro Arrow’s demise was a high-tech tragedyOn Feb. 20, 1959, the Canadian government cancelled the Avro Arrow. Some people still refer to the day as Black Friday. Growing up in Ireland, my teenage awareness of Canada was limited. Other than occasional news snippets in my father’s weekly edition of Time magazine, Canada meant snow, the RCMP, Paul Anka and Yvon Durelle,…

Love thy neighbour? Well, maybe not always

Bad neighbours are a fact of life, but before you end up in a feud, there are a few things you can do to find peace

Love thy neighbour? Well, maybe not alwaysSome neighbours are great. You visit over the fence, call when you need help and pitch in when the hard work needs to get done. But not all our neighbours are so fabulous. My son has a frustrating renter and a messy neighbour. The renter’s dog barks constantly. There are truck parts in the alley and somehow this…

The world needs what you have to offer

The goal of education is to stimulate constant growth in knowledge and wisdom in each individual

The world needs what you have to offerIn the world of education, we’re preparing our students for an uncertain future. Some of the jobs of today won’t exist in 20 years. And new jobs are being created all the time, the likes of which we can hardly imagine. Our educational system was primarily designed during the industrial revolution. We needed clerks and…

Roll Up the Rim to Win needs an environmental reboot

Tim Hortons’ iconic campaign has been around for 33 years, an incredible run, but the circular economy has overtaken it

Roll Up the Rim to Win needs an environmental rebootThe entire Roll Up the Rim to Win campaign rests on the physicality of the cup. Almost 300 million cups are produced for the Tim Hortons campaign, which kicked off on Feb. 6 and ends in mid-April. But packaging is on everyone’s mind these days. Some winners have been required to send in the entire cup…

Quoting more female sources can help engage audiences

New online tool gives fitness tracker-style incentive for media to achieve gender parity in their sources

Quoting more female sources can help engage audiencesCould the incentivizing power of a fitness tracker be adapted to help achieve gender equality in the media, enhancing Canadian democracy in the process? After a year of collaboration with a team of big data scientists, we’re about to find out.  Despite the increasing attention paid to the importance of women’s voices, in news media…

Suncor Energy net loss hits $280 million in quarter

Total oil sands production hit a new quarterly record of 740,800 barrels per day

Suncor Energy net loss hits $280 million in quarterCalgary-based Suncor Energy reported a net loss of $280 million in its fourth quarter of 2018 compared with net earnings of $1.382 billion for the same quarter in 2017. In a news release, the energy giant said the decrease “was primarily a result of unfavourable western Canadian crude oil differentials, including a substantial widening of…

Christmas overspending drops significantly for Canadian shoppers

Biggest drop was among 18-to-34-year-olds and women, who cut their overspending by almost $200: RBC

Christmas overspending drops significantly for Canadian shoppersOverspending dropped significantly among Canadian shoppers this past holiday season, to an average of $384. That’s down 28 per cent from the $530 average of 2017, the lowest level in eight years, according to the annual RBC Post-Holiday Spending & Saving Insights Poll, which was released on Wednesday. “We're all tempted to toss aside the…

Child-care quality doesn’t depend on arbitrary numbers

Ontario's new standards have raised the hackles of activists. They should look hard at the systems they mistakenly believe are better

Child-care quality doesn’t depend on arbitrary numbersIt's been called shocking and disgusting. The Ontario government is moving to change how many children independent child-care providers can care for. The new rules allow three children under two instead of two (not counting the provider’s own children over age four). An independent care provider can look after no more than five children at…

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitude

Jasper's spectacular ski resort may offer slopes less travelled but it certainly deserves wider attention

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitudeCue the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Duct tape a sombrero onto your helmet. Find a half-burned cigarillo (good luck!) to chomp on. The bad boys have arrived at Marmot Basin, Alberta’s quieter, family-friendly Rocky Mountain ski resort in Jasper National Park. These new rascals are Tres Hombres – a series…

The fundamental flaw in coaching by instinct

Analytical detail determines winners and losers. So why do coaches insist on winging it at crucial moments?

The fundamental flaw in coaching by instinctI’m reading Ted Barris’s book The Dam Busters, about the epic 1943 raid by Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force flyers on the Möhne and Eder dams. The raid was famous for its risk – 53 men were killed, 18 of them Canadian – and for the new technologies used by the bombers…