Toronto

Retail Survives via Patience, Creativity

Retail Survives via Patience, Creativity

Retail stores, and especially Department stores, have survived many doomsayers. That might have something to do with the ever-creative folks that retail attracts, the long-term nature of some investors behind them: Westons holding Holts & Loblaws; the Sobey family with Empire; the Albrechts with Aldi the Butts and Wegmans with their namesake US retail icons [...]

Continue reading →

Three Things to Worry About

Three Things to Worry About

Maybe it’s just the Monday Blues, but I see economic risk right now on multiple fronts. Not on the one you’re probably thinking of- sure, a US Fiscal Cliff looms, but didn’t we all expect that to go to the wire & past? ie only be resolved after 11th hour politicking, brinkmanship & posturing? Nope; [...]

Continue reading →

Nuclear Family Dominance in Decline

Nuclear Family Dominance in Decline

The newest Statscan Report On Families  shows a strong continued shift away from the nuclear family. The census proves that each year Canada gains more multi-generation families and single-parent families, and more folks living alone. Not sure how long this Globe and Mail slideshow on the Family Changes will be up, so see it soon! [...]

Continue reading →

If You Can’t Beat’em, Look Like You’re With Them

If You Can’t Beat’em, Look Like You’re With Them

On January 7th, I wrote on Tangerine Tango being nominated by the Pantone Color Institute as 2012′s Color Of The Year. http://www.spitfireglobal.com/2012/01/rhymes-orange/ I indicated how Michael Kors was already all over Tangerine- tops, bottoms & accessories all in loud tangerine. At the time, I thought the tangerine wave might have limited traction. After all, Tangerine [...]

Continue reading →

Brazil Opens a Talent Door for Canada

Brazil Opens a Talent Door for Canada

Brazil’s government has announced a $2 B ‘scholarship’ fund to get bright young Brazilians going abroad for post-secondary education. An interesting win-win for nations to trade their relative strengths, and accommodate the inevitable realities of changing demographics, not to mention good ole’ Supply & Demand. Aging Nations tend to be over-strong in Education resources; they’ve [...]

Continue reading →

Dead Things That Can Hurt You

Dead Things That Can Hurt You

What are 3 things that can hurt you even when they’re dead? Zombies, Porcupines and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Those 3 will hurt you, even if they’re past-hurtin’. Re #1. Zombies need no explanation if you saw Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland or The Walking Dead- some of the best entertainment of the past few [...]

Continue reading →

Tony Toronto Beams a Beacon to Burch

Tony Toronto Beams a Beacon to Burch

News that Tory Burch will open an outlet in Toronto is a fine sign. Toronto is keen to be seen as an in-place for the “World’s 1%”‘. When Mark Wahlberg buys a Toronto condo, or edgy TIFF stars show up (or light up- thanks Sean Penn!), Toronto is elevated a step or two on the [...]

Continue reading →

House of Cards in the G.T.A.?

House of Cards in the G.T.A.?

Recently I advised my Ontario-based students to consider the possibility of a career in Saskatchewan or Alberta, given their in-demand resource based economies (oil, gas, potash, beef, grain). Many students seemed receptive; others seemed unaware that Ontario’s economy might soften.  So what could possibly upset the Ontario economy? Let’s recap the job sectors that dominate [...]

Continue reading →

Thrill Seekers in a Safe, Sedentary Age

Thrill Seekers in a Safe, Sedentary Age

The Adventure-Seeking business has never been bigger; I suspect that reflects the disconnect between our safe, sedentary modern lives, and our human genetic hard-wiring for adventure. As Western lives become ever more placid, more folks are seeking out treetop walks, snowboard half pipes, downhill diamond runs, mountain biking (on real mountainsides!), bungee jumping, coaster-riding, rock-climbing, [...]

Continue reading →

‘the Raid’ Rocks; Mustering Midnight Madness Matters

‘the Raid’ Rocks; Mustering Midnight Madness Matters

I was lucky enough to catch a TIFF ticket to see The Raid in the opening days (or, in this case, nights) of the Toronto International Film Festival. Lucky to see anything that’s part of the Midnight Madness program- a bevy of “Director’s Cut” violence & dark humour unlikely to be seen in later mass [...]

Continue reading →