Cost of Living·EPISODE 25

Indigenous nations and the economy, plus why it's so hard to fly for cheap in Canada

What is and what isn't working when private companies deal with Indigenous nations. plus we explain what happened to private information from tax filers after the company that processed their returns got bought out.

Plus how personal information from tax returns could be used for marketing

A tax return is viewed on an iPad, a Flair Airlines plane is pictured at an airport, and protesters in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to the LNG pipeline in northern British Columbia block an Ottawa intersection outside the Prime Minister's office on Feb. 12. (Evan Mitsui/CBC, Flair Airlines/Facebook, Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

After rail blockades across the country, we look at what is and isn't working when private companies deal with Indigenous nations. What has gone wrong with projects like Coastal GasLink, and how do those agreements compare to other more successful deals?

Private interests have been able to come to lucrative deals with Indigenous nations many times without turmoil. What are we missing this time around and what can we learn?

Listen here as Paul Haavardsrud explores the issue.


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 Why can't Canadians can't seem to get the low-cost air travel that other countries enjoy? Discount airline Flair Air is one of the more recent players trying to shuffle a few more Canadians across the country this spring, after offering unlimited travel passes for a few hundred dollars.

The sometimes-struggling airline is the latest attempt at a low-cost carrier in this country. It's a business model that hasn't been able to stick in Canada the way it does in the United States and Europe. Why hasn't this been working in Canada?

Click here to listen as Cost of Living producers try their hand at getting a bargain or two for their next flight.


Plus when Canadians file their taxes, they may not expect the deeply personal information in that tax return to be used for marketing purposes.

But after SimpleTax, a service approved by the Canada Revenue Agency for filing your taxes online, was purchased by a wealth management company — that could be happening. 

Do clients realize what happens to personal information that goes along for the ride when businesses change hands?

Listen to Cost of Living producer Anis Heydari explain what changed when WealthSimple hooked up with SimpleTax.


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