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Cost of Living

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Cost of Living

Cost of Living

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The Cost of Living ♥s money — how it makes (or breaks) us. We untangle the economic forces at play and transform our understanding of how money shapes our lives. Discover how everyday decisions connect with the larger economy in ways big, small, good, bad, obvious and unseen on The Cost of Living.

Latest Episodes

How Trump's H-1B policy is benefiting the Canadian economy, plus a closer look at 'pandemic pay'

This week on The Cost of Living, host Paul Haavardsrud asks: Is Canada "Plan B" for the world's best and brightest? As the Trump administration continues to close U.S. borders, wefind outif a loss for the U.S. can be Canada's gain. Also on the program, producer Richard Raycraft takes a closer look at what it means to get so-called 'pandemic pay.' Finally, we replay producer Tracy Fuller's piece from December 2019 on the economics of babysitting.

27 MIN1 w ago
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How Trump's H-1B policy is benefiting the Canadian economy, plus a closer look at 'pandemic pay'

The price of delaying the Olympic dream, the cost of wildfires and why we're hoarding cash

We explore the cost of delayed Olympic dreams, as we hit the time that Tokyo 2020 would have been getting started… before it changed to Tokyo 2021. How does postponing the Games affect the finances of Canadian athletes? Plus despite many businesses refusing to accept cash in the first two months of the pandemic, Canadians seemed to really want to keep their hands on those plastic carriers of currency. Finally, we explore the costs associated with wildfires in multiple parts of this country, and how they're affecting businesses, whole industries and our insurance premiums.

28 MIN2 w ago
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The price of delaying the Olympic dream, the cost of wildfires and why we're hoarding cash

The economics of childcare, plus the surge in cosmetic procedures you can't see behind all those COVID masks

Much of Canada's economic recovery post-COVID-19 relies on people getting back to work. But without a firm plan for schools to resume classes in September or childcare centres to offer alternatives, many families can't see how both parents can return to work when there's no plan for their kids. Host Paul Haavardsrud speaks with two mothers and economist Armine Yalnizyan to understand the extent of this economic issue. Also on the program, we pullback the masks to uncover a literally-eyebrow-raising trend, hiding in plain sight. Producer Falice Chin looks into why cosmetic procedures — like facelifts, cheek implants orlip injections — have become more popular in the age of the coronavirus. Finally, as we look back at some of the top stories from this past season, we replay producer Tracy Fuller's segment on windfalls and the people whom fortune favoured. Doeswinning the lottery really ruin your life? And assuming your life isn't ruined, justhow much you need to win to be able to re...

27 MIN3 w ago
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The economics of childcare, plus the surge in cosmetic procedures you can't see behind all those COVID masks

Deficit spending, vanishing summer camp jobs — and a look back at sauce

A $343 billion deficit from the federal government means Canada's total debt will exceed a trillion dollars for the first time ever — does that number ever start to look smaller, and when? And while summer camps being cancelled across the country mean that hundreds of campers and their parents are disappointed … what does it mean for the counselors who could see lasting financial consequences? Plus we revisit our investigation into why Canadians haven't heard of one of the world's most popular sauces: Maggi.

27 MINJUL 9
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Deficit spending, vanishing summer camp jobs — and a look back at sauce

We answer your questions! Like how will Canada pay for all the COVID financial aid? And just how much money should I give my kids for an allowance?

The Cost of Living investigates the mysteries our listeners have been calling in. Just where is the money for COVID-19 bailouts coming from? How much of an allowance should we give our children each week? Are there other ways to measure economic activity that take more than just gross domestic product into account? And why can't I find grapenut ice cream (yes, grapenut) anywhere except the East Coast?

27 MINJUL 2
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We answer your questions! Like how will Canada pay for all the COVID financial aid? And just how much money should I give my kids for an allowance?

Pandemic aftermath: what's happening to tourism, why Robinhood is getting so big, and COVID-driven cars in Canada

We look at what COVID-19 has done to the 2020 tourism economy on both east and west coasts of Canada, and what "high season" will look like if international tourists can't cross borders before the summer is out. Also, host Paul Haavardsrud finds out what RobinHood Investing is exactly, and what the risks and rewards of using it are. How did it become the gateway to day trading for so many millennials in the United States? Plus CBC Radio's car columnist Paul Karchut asks: has the pandemic created a renaissance for the car? Drive-in movies are back, along with drive-through graduations … even drive-through zoos! Is your car the best place to self-isolate in 2020?

27 MINJUN 25
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Pandemic aftermath: what's happening to tourism, why Robinhood is getting so big, and COVID-driven cars in Canada

Defunding the police in the face of wages that have gone up, and keep going up. Plus physical vs. virtual futures for office space, and how to look like a boss in your next Zoom meeting

Billions of dollars go into policing in this country, but where is that money going now and what happens to it amid the calls to defund police? We break down the numbers in police budgets and explain just how much police officers make. Plus we turn to teenagers — and someone from the opposite end of the age spectrum — to find out how to look professional and up your video-charisma-game in the age of home webcam meetings. And if everyone is working from home, what happens to the land of fluorescent lights and thermostats held under plastic lock and key? is the office dead? Or is the shift to the virtual workplace just that — virtual — and we'll be back to the office just as soon as you can type CTRL-Z on the pandemic.

27 MINJUN 18
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Defunding the police in the face of wages that have gone up, and keep going up. Plus physical vs. virtual futures for office space, and how to look like a boss in your next Zoom meeting

Racism in corporate Canada — plus snitching on CERB cheats, and the financial consequences facing international students over COVID

How are business leaders — like Capital One Canada's president Jennifer Jackson — discussing the Black Lives Matter movement with their employees? Jackson speaks with host Paul Haavardsrud to discuss, while sharing her own experience of racism within corporate America and corporate Canada. And have you called the CRA to report anyone you know? We look at the snitch line for people suspected of cheating the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Finally, international students pay $6 billion in tuition to Canadian universities every year. But what happens if the COVID-19 pandemic forces some of those students to stay home in September?

27 MINJUN 11
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Racism in corporate Canada — plus snitching on CERB cheats, and the financial consequences facing international students over COVID

Performative brands, plumbing and property taxes: we go from social media to societal costs

This week on The Cost of Living: #BLM Marketing: Corporate responses to the Black Lives Matter movement range from courageous to tone-deaf. What makes a campaign inauthentic? Plumbing Rush: More kids staying at home all day means more ping pong balls rolling down the drain. How are plumbers dealing now that they're flush with house calls. Municipalities: Cities and towns across the country are staring at a $10-20 billion financial hole. But unlike other levels of government, they cannot run deficits. What will this mean for our property taxes and the services we rely on?

26 MINJUN 4
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Performative brands, plumbing and property taxes: we go from social media to societal costs

From gambling on beer pong to how the pandemic has meant less red tape — and what ugly bank earnings in Canada tell us about the state of the economy

Beer pong isn't exactly the NHL — but it might be one of the sports gamblers are turning to when they can't place a bet on the usual suspects. We also look at some of the deregulation taking place in markets like liquor or cannabis as a result of the pandemic. Plus what could an ugly round of bank earnings tell us about the Canadian economy?

27 MINMAY 28
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From gambling on beer pong to how the pandemic has meant less red tape — and what ugly bank earnings in Canada tell us about the state of the economy

Latest Episodes

How Trump's H-1B policy is benefiting the Canadian economy, plus a closer look at 'pandemic pay'

This week on The Cost of Living, host Paul Haavardsrud asks: Is Canada "Plan B" for the world's best and brightest? As the Trump administration continues to close U.S. borders, wefind outif a loss for the U.S. can be Canada's gain. Also on the program, producer Richard Raycraft takes a closer look at what it means to get so-called 'pandemic pay.' Finally, we replay producer Tracy Fuller's piece from December 2019 on the economics of babysitting.

27 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How Trump's H-1B policy is benefiting the Canadian economy, plus a closer look at 'pandemic pay'

The price of delaying the Olympic dream, the cost of wildfires and why we're hoarding cash

We explore the cost of delayed Olympic dreams, as we hit the time that Tokyo 2020 would have been getting started… before it changed to Tokyo 2021. How does postponing the Games affect the finances of Canadian athletes? Plus despite many businesses refusing to accept cash in the first two months of the pandemic, Canadians seemed to really want to keep their hands on those plastic carriers of currency. Finally, we explore the costs associated with wildfires in multiple parts of this country, and how they're affecting businesses, whole industries and our insurance premiums.

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The price of delaying the Olympic dream, the cost of wildfires and why we're hoarding cash

The economics of childcare, plus the surge in cosmetic procedures you can't see behind all those COVID masks

Much of Canada's economic recovery post-COVID-19 relies on people getting back to work. But without a firm plan for schools to resume classes in September or childcare centres to offer alternatives, many families can't see how both parents can return to work when there's no plan for their kids. Host Paul Haavardsrud speaks with two mothers and economist Armine Yalnizyan to understand the extent of this economic issue. Also on the program, we pullback the masks to uncover a literally-eyebrow-raising trend, hiding in plain sight. Producer Falice Chin looks into why cosmetic procedures — like facelifts, cheek implants orlip injections — have become more popular in the age of the coronavirus. Finally, as we look back at some of the top stories from this past season, we replay producer Tracy Fuller's segment on windfalls and the people whom fortune favoured. Doeswinning the lottery really ruin your life? And assuming your life isn't ruined, justhow much you need to win to be able to re...

27 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The economics of childcare, plus the surge in cosmetic procedures you can't see behind all those COVID masks

Deficit spending, vanishing summer camp jobs — and a look back at sauce

A $343 billion deficit from the federal government means Canada's total debt will exceed a trillion dollars for the first time ever — does that number ever start to look smaller, and when? And while summer camps being cancelled across the country mean that hundreds of campers and their parents are disappointed … what does it mean for the counselors who could see lasting financial consequences? Plus we revisit our investigation into why Canadians haven't heard of one of the world's most popular sauces: Maggi.

27 MINJUL 9
Comments
Deficit spending, vanishing summer camp jobs — and a look back at sauce

We answer your questions! Like how will Canada pay for all the COVID financial aid? And just how much money should I give my kids for an allowance?

The Cost of Living investigates the mysteries our listeners have been calling in. Just where is the money for COVID-19 bailouts coming from? How much of an allowance should we give our children each week? Are there other ways to measure economic activity that take more than just gross domestic product into account? And why can't I find grapenut ice cream (yes, grapenut) anywhere except the East Coast?

27 MINJUL 2
Comments
We answer your questions! Like how will Canada pay for all the COVID financial aid? And just how much money should I give my kids for an allowance?

Pandemic aftermath: what's happening to tourism, why Robinhood is getting so big, and COVID-driven cars in Canada

We look at what COVID-19 has done to the 2020 tourism economy on both east and west coasts of Canada, and what "high season" will look like if international tourists can't cross borders before the summer is out. Also, host Paul Haavardsrud finds out what RobinHood Investing is exactly, and what the risks and rewards of using it are. How did it become the gateway to day trading for so many millennials in the United States? Plus CBC Radio's car columnist Paul Karchut asks: has the pandemic created a renaissance for the car? Drive-in movies are back, along with drive-through graduations … even drive-through zoos! Is your car the best place to self-isolate in 2020?

27 MINJUN 25
Comments
Pandemic aftermath: what's happening to tourism, why Robinhood is getting so big, and COVID-driven cars in Canada

Defunding the police in the face of wages that have gone up, and keep going up. Plus physical vs. virtual futures for office space, and how to look like a boss in your next Zoom meeting

Billions of dollars go into policing in this country, but where is that money going now and what happens to it amid the calls to defund police? We break down the numbers in police budgets and explain just how much police officers make. Plus we turn to teenagers — and someone from the opposite end of the age spectrum — to find out how to look professional and up your video-charisma-game in the age of home webcam meetings. And if everyone is working from home, what happens to the land of fluorescent lights and thermostats held under plastic lock and key? is the office dead? Or is the shift to the virtual workplace just that — virtual — and we'll be back to the office just as soon as you can type CTRL-Z on the pandemic.

27 MINJUN 18
Comments
Defunding the police in the face of wages that have gone up, and keep going up. Plus physical vs. virtual futures for office space, and how to look like a boss in your next Zoom meeting

Racism in corporate Canada — plus snitching on CERB cheats, and the financial consequences facing international students over COVID

How are business leaders — like Capital One Canada's president Jennifer Jackson — discussing the Black Lives Matter movement with their employees? Jackson speaks with host Paul Haavardsrud to discuss, while sharing her own experience of racism within corporate America and corporate Canada. And have you called the CRA to report anyone you know? We look at the snitch line for people suspected of cheating the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Finally, international students pay $6 billion in tuition to Canadian universities every year. But what happens if the COVID-19 pandemic forces some of those students to stay home in September?

27 MINJUN 11
Comments
Racism in corporate Canada — plus snitching on CERB cheats, and the financial consequences facing international students over COVID

Performative brands, plumbing and property taxes: we go from social media to societal costs

This week on The Cost of Living: #BLM Marketing: Corporate responses to the Black Lives Matter movement range from courageous to tone-deaf. What makes a campaign inauthentic? Plumbing Rush: More kids staying at home all day means more ping pong balls rolling down the drain. How are plumbers dealing now that they're flush with house calls. Municipalities: Cities and towns across the country are staring at a $10-20 billion financial hole. But unlike other levels of government, they cannot run deficits. What will this mean for our property taxes and the services we rely on?

26 MINJUN 4
Comments
Performative brands, plumbing and property taxes: we go from social media to societal costs

From gambling on beer pong to how the pandemic has meant less red tape — and what ugly bank earnings in Canada tell us about the state of the economy

Beer pong isn't exactly the NHL — but it might be one of the sports gamblers are turning to when they can't place a bet on the usual suspects. We also look at some of the deregulation taking place in markets like liquor or cannabis as a result of the pandemic. Plus what could an ugly round of bank earnings tell us about the Canadian economy?

27 MINMAY 28
Comments
From gambling on beer pong to how the pandemic has meant less red tape — and what ugly bank earnings in Canada tell us about the state of the economy
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