Going bananas for a threatened fruit

A deadly fungus is spreading all over the world, so we can expect to pay more for bananas. But our world-class scientists could help solve the problem

Going bananas for a threatened fruitThe world could run out of bananas. Reports this summer suggest that a banana-killing fungus, Fusarium TR4 or the Panama disease, has reached Latin America. And it could spread, affecting crops sold in the United States and Canada. After having been detected in the Middle East, Asia and Australia, many experts were expecting the highly-contagious…

Annual inflation rate lower in Alberta than the Canadian average

Energy prices fell across the country in June, led by big declines in Alberta

Annual inflation rate lower in Alberta than the Canadian averageThe annual rate of inflation in Alberta was lower than the Canadian average in June, according to data released on Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency said the consumer price index (CPI) in the province rose 1.4 per cent year over year, down from a 2.3 per cent increase in May. Across Canada, the…

Mapping the future of cannabis, for industry and consumers

Michelle Russell of the Alberta Cannabis Council talks about the hiccups faced by the industry in its first year and the vast potential

Mapping the future of cannabis, for industry and consumersMichelle Russell is executive director of the Alberta Cannabis Council. What is the Alberta Cannabis Council and why was it launched?   Russell: The Alberta Cannabis Council is an industry-wide association that works for and on behalf of the Alberta cannabis sector. This includes producers, retailers, processors, post-secondary institutions, really all organizations that touch the…

Surviving the contact sport of buying a used car

Beware con artists, smoothies, carpetbaggers, excuse-makers and truth-stretchers

Surviving the contact sport of buying a used carA few months ago, I got the chance to take my own advice and put my money where my mouth is. My daughter needed a cheap but decent used car – something sensible, with back door/seat access and a decent-sized trunk. Budget: $5,000 max. Here are some of the cars we checked out: 2003 BMW…

How the mobile phone industry meets – or fails – customer expectations

Adrian Chung of J.D. Power talks about the results of the company’s latest wireless survey and why trust is such a huge component

How the mobile phone industry meets – or fails – customer expectationsAdrian Chung, director of the technology, media and telecom practice at J.D. Power in Canada. What are the key results and findings you can take from a recent wireless experience survey you did? Chung: In this year’s edition of the J.D. Power Wireless Purchase Experience study, we saw a decline in overall satisfaction of six…

How Do Apps like Ibotta Work?

How Do Apps like Ibotta Work?Ibotta is a popular cashback app that pays rebates on items from certain vendors. Each time you make a purchase, information is collected via receipt and/or barcode scans, and your rebates are deposited to your Ibotta account. If you’ve ever been curious about how apps like Ibotta work, here’s some information on Ibotta its similar…

Air Canada, WestJet rank high in airline satisfaction survey

Among traditional North American carriers, Alaska Airlines ranks highest for the 12th consecutive year

Air Canada, WestJet rank high in airline satisfaction surveyThe J.D. Power 2019 North America Airline Satisfaction Study ranks Air Canada as fourth overall in the traditional carrier category and Calgary-based WestJet as third overall in the low-cost carrier category. “Among Canada-based airlines, Air Canada (729) saw its customer satisfaction score decline five points from 2018. WestJet (758) saw its score increase 11 points…

Vacation Transport Advice

Vacation Transport AdviceOne of the biggest hurdles to overcome when you are going on holiday is arranging transportation. This is likely to include getting to the airport, a flight, getting from the airport to your accommodation and then travel while you are on the trip. All of this transport can, understandably, cause some stress, so it is…

How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plans

American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean?

How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plansCan you figure out those hotel meal plans? American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean? If you're looking up hotels in a book or online, you may see that they have meal plans or dining plans listed. There are different "plans" for providing a room and meals and…
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