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Google wallet

Linda Solomon Wood
Mar 25th, 2012

Are you ready for Google Wallet?  It's ready for you.  See this New York Times video to find out more.

Introducing Google Wallet, the better way to pay.  To pay for something, you just tap and go.  It works at thousands of shops and is part of Google's plan to take over the world.  This New York Times video gives you the whole deal.

The Best Place on Earth? Not for many B.C. families

Christina Montgomery
Dec 11th, 2011

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Until very recently, B.C. was The Best Place on Earth. Officially.

No one's quite sure who retired our title, but a report this month by the Business Council of B.C. offers up a few reasons why it was a good idea to ditch the slogan.

In it, Jock Finlayson, the council's executive vice-president for policy, has assembled material from Statistics Canada that paints a less-than-flattering picture of the province.

He notes, among other things:

BC's export surge slows

Christina Montgomery
Dec 10th, 2011

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There was mixed news -- but none of it dismal – according to Troy Media's snapshot of B.C. economy this week.

The highlights? After a strong surge in September, export volumes to international markets dropped in October, ending three consecutive monthly gains. But exports remained on a general upward trend, largely because of higher commodity shipments. Industrial goods, materials exports, energy shipments, forestry and coal were all part of those.

On the other hand, the provincial trade deficit grew too. 

You can find the details here.

B.C.'s crying the financial blues

Christina Montgomery
Nov 28th, 2011

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Bad news from the provincial government this morning as the Liberal government announced that it's projecting a $3.1 billion deficit for 2011-12 -- or $313 million more than the estimate it offered up three months ago.

In his second-quarter report, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon is blaming a drop in revenue of $303 million, given lower corporate income tax revenues, lower natural resource revenue and lower projected income from commercial Crown corporations.

In September, he warned that the defeat of the HST would hit the province's books hard.

Twelve days of Christmas? They'll set you back a cool $100,000

Christina Montgomery
Nov 27th, 2011

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The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked.

On the other hand, maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping and gold rings are holding steady.

With Black Friday behind them and three weeks of frenzied holiday shopping ahead, it's time for Americans to turn to the really pressing annual holiday question: How much would it cost to buy every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas''?

This year, for the first time, the total tops $100,000, The Canadian Press reports. (We're talking about the traditional version of the song. Pricing for the Canadian version is still before a royal commission of some sort.)

Why Rick Mercer bought a $19,000 house

Christina Montgomery
Nov 27th, 2011

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He was 19, it cost $19,500 and Rick Mercer still remembers the day that he bought a row house because he couldn't afford to rent.

Or that's what Canada's funnyman, star of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Mercer Report, tells the Toronto Star.

Mercer was profiled in the paper's Saturday edition as part of its series on notable Canadians and their financial habits.

His Maritime upbringing hangs heavy over the comedian's outlook on money and what it can -- and can't -- buy. 

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