Jason Osler is the national 'trends' columnist for CBC Radio.
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From razors to cars, subscription services are expanding
From razor blades to cars to flights, subscriptions services are moving well beyond music and movies.
Webcams and wearable tech are going to the dogs, literally
From cameras and devices that give treats remotely to tracking collars to interactive games, new technology is here to help us monitor and better understand our pets when we aren't home. But is it helping or hindering them?
Retailers want to speed up the shopping experience, but it'll take time to change customers' habits
From self-checkouts to scanning groceries on your phone to automated towers that give you a package, retailers are testing out new technologies to make your shopping experience faster. But customers’ habits are slow to change.
The future of cash in Canada
There have never been more ways to pay for something as there are now and the oldest way — cash — is on the decline, especially in Canada. But some experts are raising concerns about the risks of a cashless society.
From therapy pets to colouring books, Canadian airports aim to ease travel anxiety
Montreal has launched a pilot project to bring therapy dogs to travellers at a time when there's a greater interest in learning more about the travel experience.
Men affected by body image issues are finally speaking out
Body image issues are often associated with women, but it also affects men and people are finally starting to talk about it.
New coworking spaces let you take your kid to work, every day
Coworking spaces are starting to offer child care for the growing number of entrepreneurs who want to get a few hours of work done.
Fitness snacking is the latest trend to help you get active
The latest trend to get us more active is called "fitness snacking," which involves squeezing in small bouts of exercise throughout the day.
Consumers are pushing back against gendered products
Products specifically marketed to either men or women remain on store shelves, but customers are fighting back and companies are responding.
Deceased singers on tour is just the start for holographic technology
Holograms are no longer a futuristic idea. They're here and could affect our lives in dramatic ways.
Ghosting isn't just for dating anymore and it could be more harmful than we think
Ghosting has become increasingly more common over the last couple of years and is even seeping into the workplace and pop culture. But it could be more damaging than we think.
Your DNA can make you a valuable target for companies
With the popularity of DNA testing on the rise, more businesses are looking for ways to monetize people’s desire to connect with their heritage.
Social media platforms cashing in on social e-commerce
Social media was once a tool to connect with friends and family. But increasingly, it’s becoming a place to promote products and even buy them directly from within the platforms.
Grocery retailers try new bag of tricks to slow sales decline
Supermarket sales in Canada decreased by 2.9 per cent between May 2017 and 2018, according to Statistics Canada, and traditional supermarkets are trying new tactics to attract business.
Head injuries happen in all sports and we're finally talking about it
Head injuries across all sports are getting more attention with new initiatives to help educate the public and change the culture around reporting injuries.