Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

Plea-se Tell Me

2009 August 3

Who is Mrs. Nixon, anyway?

UPDATE: it’s about the Royal Bank vs. the Tarsands or something.

Quote of the Day!

2009 July 22

“I don’t know what I’d do if I was laid off right now.  I’d probably kill myself.  I mean, my rent is $700!”

– part of an overheard conversation, this afternoon, between two clerks at American Apparel

This Is Not Sidewalk Art

2009 July 19

I recently walked past this Pepsi advertisement PAINTED ON THE SIDEWALK on Wellesly Street.

Is no place communal territory anymore?  Must I be inundated with ads even as I stare at my feet, meandering around the city?

Funny thing is, I actually thought this Pespi Word Play Campaign was cool – until now.

Cut ‘n Paste Toronto

2009 January 26

I just came across a flyer from Toronto Tourism’s 2007 Holiday Campaign.  I think the collaged images are really fresh and interesting, and certainly depict what it’s actually like in some of TO’s most iconic areas (Bloor-Yorkville, Queen West, Old Town Toronto, and Downtown Yonge).

The entire ad campaign can be viewed at;  also, here’s a link to Warren Brown Blog – he being the guy who created these images that I like so much.

Tomorrow’s Gas Price, Today!

2009 January 25

Surely some of you have heard of the guy they call The Gas Man.  Dan McTeague is the Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, and has figured out how to predict what the price will be at gas pumps across Canada a day ahead of time. 

Apparently, what he does is not that hard – it’s a simple calculation based on his subscription ($300/month) to the Oil Price Information Service.  He then posts tomorrow’s gas prices for 7 Canadian cities, including the GTA, consistantly to within a tenth of a cent!  There was an interesting article about him and how it affects him politically in today’s Toronto Star. 

Although the only thing I drive ride is a bike, you might be interested in visiting Mr. McTeague’s website to see what you’ll be paying to fill ‘er up tomorrow morning.

Back in the Big Smoke!

2008 November 2

I was out of the country for a few months.  Then I was ultra-busy with my job for a while.  But now I’m back!  And I obviously have lots of things on which I want to make commentary.

Some of the stuff that has changed since I left:

1. The AGO has an opening date – November 14! – although if you drive by its Dundas Street location, it looks as if they’ll need an army of people working around the clock to have it ready for the public in 2 weeks.

2. The U of T football team actually won a game! (2 in fact, whodathunkit?)  In beating the Waterloo Warriors on September 1, 2008 (and subsequently, beating the York Lions on September 13) the Varsity Blues broke a 49-game (and nearly 7 YEAR!) losing streak.  Good for you, Blues, good for you.

3. The stock market plummeted.  A (figurative) rain cloud hovers above the Bay Street financial district.

Some of the stuff that has NOT changed since I last wrote:

1. The Bay begins decorating for the Christmas season about 2 weeks prior to Halloween.

2. The Trump International Hotel & Tower is still just a big pit in the ground.

3. The Toronto Maple Leafs (despite being the most valuable NHL francise, according to Forbes Magazine) still suck.

I sure am glad to be back in Tzero!

Attention All Mods

2008 May 13

What’s the deal with these things? They’re obviously advertisements for Vespa, but they’re strangely only found on the windows of out-of-business stores. I’ve noticed them along Queen Street West and College Street.

Interesting advertising technique.

Quote of the Day!

2007 October 24


I see this billboard every morning on my way down to the portlands.  How do you become an advice columnist, anyway?  What makes this woman any better at living than the rest of us?

Quote of the Day!

2007 August 29

“The money’s in manufacturing, but the power’s in distribution.”

-overheard as part of a ‘business conversation’ on Bay Street this afternoon.  I know it’s not funny in a ha ha way, but I still think it’s pretty hilarious.

Economic Irony

2007 August 11


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sign with this message in my life – as an incentive.  I’m not sure, but with the fees for exhanging money, these days it might actually work out better for an American to just pay with USD.