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The Colour of Nothing

In Culture, Personal, Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Montreal’s Carte Blanche magazine printed a story of mine. Enjoy!

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Closing the Loop – Part II

In Criticism, Financial, Politics on March 12, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Corporate tax loopholes and how we should close them. This is the second part in a series. Thanks to the Little Red Umbrella for continuing to host my articles. You can find part II here.

Closing the Loop

In Criticism, Financial, Politics on December 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Corporate tax loopholes and how we should close them. This is the first part of a few pieces I’m going to write on what is a complex and under-reported issue. The Little Red Umbrella has been kind enough to host the articles here.

Arguments

In Culture, Personal on March 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Geist magazine recently published a non-fiction essay of mine. Nothing financial about it, but it’s a personal favourite of mine. You can read the essay online here or buy a copy of the Geist Winter issue (91) at your local Chapters/Indigo or directly from Geist online. Enjoy

Praying for Euro

In Criticism, Financial, Politics, Strictly Monetary: A Series on June 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Panic over the potential break-up of the Euro is at its highest point. People are withdrawing wads of Euro cash from Spanish and Greek banks, hiding it under the mattress and bracing for the fallout. In the Strictly Monetary Series (Part V), I told the story of how an American bank averted crisis during the panic of the Great Depression. It’s a textbook example of how banks can survive the shock of everyone demanding their money at once (bank-run) if they can secure additional cash to appease the frantic public. You don’t beat panic with prayer; you beat it with action.

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The Mystery of “The Man”

In Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal on April 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

The Little Red Umbrella posted an essay of mine recently. It’s one of my favourites. Enjoy.

Can Currency Be Greater Than Country?

In Criticism, Financial, Fresh, Politics, Strictly Monetary: A Series on December 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

2011 was a landmark year. Villains were captured and killed, dictators were overthrown, and the initial step was taken in releasing an HIV vaccine. But the financial story of the year was, and continues to be, Europe’s financial crisis. It is viewed more as an inconvenience than a global cultural change. However, the world may be watching the failure of an extremely bold globalization experiment called the Euro.

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“Big Government”

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal, Politics on September 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Watching Ontario’s political debate was painful. I’m annoyed that each candidate felt personally obliged to thank people for their questions. Oh, thank you so much, Sanjay, for that question that I will now proceed to ignore. The name-calling was excessive. With all due respect Mr. McGuinty, your energy plan shows that you’re a loser and your adam’s apple is WAY too big for your neck. They each blatantly plug “selling points” instead of answering questions. Hi Ontario, I’m going to fix everything using only five bullet points!

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True Colours

In Criticism, Financial, Politics on September 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Canadians know exactly what they are voting for based on the colour of the political party. Blue stands for tax cuts, less government programs, balanced budgets and big business. Red means higher taxes, better social programs and running up the debt to finance it. Orange is there to make red look like blue. Each colour comes with rhetoric. It is the brand of each political party that has been advertised to Canadians for generations.

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Sympathies from the Spike

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Politics on September 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

During the years when Eric Blair (George Orwell) was voluntarily living as a vagrant in London, he wrote an essay in 1931 titled, The Spike (full text). A Spike was a workhouse where the nomadic homeless went to find shelter and food in exchange for their labour. Upon entering, he was stripped of all liberty, respect and dignity. He and the other “tramps” (homeless) were treated like dogs; they slept wherever there was space, they were fed scraps and it was assumed that they were carrying disease.

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