Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?

Oil prices have taken a catastrophic drop. Unemployment numbers are through the roof. Bankruptcies are raising their ugly heads

Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?Monday was the equivalent of a major financial nightmare for the U.S. economy. Oil futures for West Texas crude went below zero for the first time in history and finished at US-$37.63 a barrel. Don’t rub your eyes too hard. That’s a minus, not a plus, next to the dollar figure. What does this mean?…

Can Canada lead a global push to eradicate poverty?

First we need to deal with our own problems, starting with the huge inequities among our Indigenous peoples

Can Canada lead a global push to eradicate poverty?Despite our best efforts towards eliminating poverty and inequality, large segments of society remain left behind. Problems seem to outpace rhetoric. Worse, governments face huge challenges in meeting their obligations and commitments. We face two tragedies: our domestic challenge with poverty and inequality, and the estimated 828 million people globally living in slums (expected to…

A will gives you control of your affairs after your death

Sandy Lyons is a licensed insolvency trustee with Grant Thornton Ltd.’s consumer insolvency team in Calgary. Why do so many people not have a will? Lyons: It can be a matter of cost, not wanting to look at and plan for end of life, a lack of understanding and knowledge of what steps must be completed…

Giving young people the work and life skills to succeed

Karl Herzog is executive director of Motive Action. What is Motive Action Training Foundation? When was it established? What does it do? Herzog: Motive Action Training Foundation is a Calgary-based non-profit training organization. Since 1985, we have provided young Albertans with employment training, work experience and life management instruction. We help unskilled and underemployed people…

Giving young people the work and life skills to succeed

Karl Herzog is executive director of Motive Action. What is Motive Action Training Foundation? When was it established? What does it do? Herzog: Motive Action Training Foundation is a Calgary-based non-profit training organization. Since 1985, we have provided young Albertans with employment training, work experience and life management instruction. We help unskilled and underemployed people…

Giving young people the work and life skills to succeed

Karl Herzog is executive director of Motive Action. What is Motive Action Training Foundation? When was it established? What does it do? Herzog: Motive Action Training Foundation is a Calgary-based non-profit training organization. Since 1985, we have provided young Albertans with employment training, work experience and life management instruction. We help unskilled and underemployed people…

Giving young people the work and life skills to succeed

Karl Herzog is executive director of Motive Action. What is Motive Action Training Foundation? When was it established? What does it do? Herzog: Motive Action Training Foundation is a Calgary-based non-profit training organization. Since 1985, we have provided young Albertans with employment training, work experience and life management instruction. We help unskilled and underemployed people…

Self-employment on the rise in Alberta

With thousands of people laid off in Alberta in recent years due to a punishing recession, it’s not surprising to hear that self-employment has risen in the province. A report by ATB Financial’s Economics and Research Team says self-employed Albertans represent 17 per cent of all workers in the province and this sector of the…

Fundy Trail beckons you to get off the high-speed highway

This is the first of a five-part series on travel on Canada's East Coast. On my recent trip to New Brunswick, I finally drove the Fundy Trail and saw Fundy National Park. It inspired me to sell the province a new tourism slogan. The slogan, worth millions, is “Get Off The Road!” I’m also considering…

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitness

Fitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step counter. They’re no longer just for health nuts and those who simply want to get fit. The latest models include many practical applications no matter what you’re doing to help you get you through your day. Even better, they’re no longer big,…

Visiting Liverpool in search of John Lennon’s first muse

The city of Liverpool has intrigued me ever since I heard my first Beatles record and my youthful idolization of John Lennon always made me want to go there. But what tipped the scale was reading the 2007 book Imagine This by Julia Baird, his younger sister, and seeing the 2009 movie Nowhere Boy, made…

Visiting Liverpool in search of John Lennon’s first muse

The city of Liverpool has intrigued me ever since I heard my first Beatles record and my youthful idolization of John Lennon always made me want to go there. But what tipped the scale was reading the 2007 book Imagine This by Julia Baird, his younger sister, and seeing the 2009 movie Nowhere Boy, made…

Lake O’Hara Lodge: a timeless Rocky Mountain beauty

A Red Deer friend described Lake O’Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park, B.C., as the most beautiful place she’d ever been. My wife and I have done our share of travel to exotic and wonderful places so my expectations for our three-day visit to O’Hara were tempered with a grain of salt. The lodge, accessible…

Lake O’Hara Lodge: a timeless Rocky Mountain beauty

A Red Deer friend described Lake O’Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park, B.C., as the most beautiful place she’d ever been. My wife and I have done our share of travel to exotic and wonderful places so my expectations for our three-day visit to O’Hara were tempered with a grain of salt. The lodge, accessible…