Cost of Living with Paul Haavardsrud



Airlines prepare for take-off as demand spikes for travel

As travel restrictions ease up, Canadians are itching to travel again. Are airlines and airports ready to meet the demand?

Drivers wanted: the trucker shortage is affecting the food in your fridge

90% of the stuff you buy in Canada is transported by truck, but this country is short thousands of truckers and the problem is only expected to get worse.

Could drone deliveries ease transportation woes in B.C.?

Companies are trying to make delivery via drone happen, but there are a lot of concerns, rules and regulations to overcome before a robot delivers your next package.
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Planes, trucks and drones: all about transportation

Planes, trucks and drones are just some of the ways Canadians are moving themselves or their stuff around these days. We look at a travel industry facing demand it wasn't expecting, and a trucking industry that is facing low demand for the jobs it offers.

These people were able to take their big-city salaries to more affordable towns

A growing number of people have been able to relocate to smaller cities and towns in Canada, as remote work during the pandemic has made their jobs portable. But if you move to a more affordable place, should you be able to take your big-city salary with you?

You thought our supply chain problems were bad before? Just wait.

Billions of dollars worth of trade normally travels in and out B.C. every week. So what is the economic fallout of lengthy delays on highways and railways in and out of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia?

Why some businesses are shacking up to save money

Barber shops and shoe stores. Cideries and coffee shops. Retailers are saving money by shacking up and splitting the rent — but it's not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows!

Why empty store shelves in Kamloops should be a warning about our food supply's security

Evan Fraser, from the University of Guelph's Arrell Food Institute, shares his predictions about the future of food, the potential of vertical farming and — dairy made from yeast!
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Why the B.C. floods are an economic disaster for all of Canada

Billions of dollars worth of trade moves in and out of British Columbia every week. So what does the flood mean for provinces on the other side of Canada? Plus, we look at the future of Canada's food system and explore the growing trend of 'co-retailing'.

Could you handle a workplace where time is irrelevant?

"Results-Only Work Environment," or ROWE, is a workplace strategy where employees (not managers) are in complete control of their schedules. We hear from an HR consultant who argues that ROWE is a better path to work-life balance than Ontario's right-to-disconnect legislation.

Predicting the financial markets (but this is not real investing advice!)

We dust off our crystal ball with the help from some friends and try to predict what might happen with the TSX, oil prices and cryptocurrencies.

Adele's 'almost Beatles level' global appeal and what it means for the music industry

She's one of a handful of artists who can still sell entire albums — and not just digital downloads but actual records! However, a lot has changed in the six years since Adele released her last album. Can she do it again?

Quebecer whose family is being sued by Hudson's Bay over Zellers brand says he's 'not surrendering'

The battle over who owns the name and brand Zellers is heading to court, but the man whose family is being sued by the Hudson's Bay Company says he intends to continue using the name of the previously defunct Canadian department store.
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From throwing away the office clock to using a Magic 8-ball to predict the markets — plus Adele's album sales

Do managers need to manage you? Or just your work? We take a closer look at what happens when you throw away the office clock and play the first ever Cost of Living "Markets Guessing Game" — plus, are music fans going to stream or buy Adele's new album?

If I move, should I take my old salary with me?

Thanks to remote work, a number of Canadians have moved from more expensive cities to less expensive ones. But does that mean wages should be less expensive too?

Net-zero emissions aren't net zero to your wallet

The goal of getting to net-zero carbon emissions has been talked about for years. But what would it cost, and will Canadians pay that price?

The battle over who owns the Zellers brand

Hudson's Bay Company owned the Zellers brand for years, but in 2020 the trademark registration expired on the company (whoops). Now a Quebec outfit is trying to make the lowest price the law again — but a court battle could derail things.
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From cutting carbon emissions to cutting pay when you move: how much will it cost you?

This week on the Cost of Living, we go from talking about the cost of net-zero emissions to the cost of moving your household — and whether your employer can, or should, cut your pay if you move to a cheaper location.

How Halloween pop-ups bring zombie stores back from the dead

Every autumn, seasonal costume shops haunt defunct retailers like Sears, Target or Future Shop for a couple months before vanishing without a trace in November. Insiders and real estate experts scare up the facts about how the stores manage to turn a profit on a single spooky holiday.

From food prices to interest rates and the financial feelings that come with inflation

Inflation can make Canadians feel stressed when they pull out their wallet at the grocery store, but central bankers have said they are keeping an eye on it. We look at what's happening with inflation right now.

What Victor Newman and Jack Abbott tell us about Ed, Loretta and Martha's battle for Rogers

In the world of daytime soap operas, corporate battles often match the business challenges faced in the real world. Especially when a family that owns a minority of shares has a majority of the control — and fights over it.
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The terrifying tenancies of Halloween pop-up stores — and are bloodcurdling inflation rates a boogeyman?

Prices are going up for things like gasoline and food, and the inflation rate shows it. But the Bank of Canada is still playing it cool. Plus, we explain why Halloween stores can pop-up today and be gone tomorrow — like ghosts!

For only four easy payments, you can listen to this story on buy now, pay later!

Buy now, pay later. It's an old concept and a simple sentence, but it's driving financial tech startups to get into the world of offering credit and installment payments.

Breathing life back into the ghost mall

Before the pandemic, shopping malls were already split into two camps: the haves and have nots. But online shopping has real estate investors and the owners of physical shopping centres rethinking how they can stay relevant.

Even the Paw Patrol can't fix supply chain issues for the Christmas season

She's the hottest dog on the toy shelf and that's why you can't get your paws on her! We're all being told to do our Christmas shopping now, but some experts also say the opposite — that maybe you SHOULD wait until the last minute.