Cost of Living

What costs the most in police budgets? Plus looking at the physical vs. virtual future for office space

We break down the numbers in police budgets and explain just how much police officers make, plus a look at the future of commercial real estate. Along with critical pointers on the stalwart of working from home - the videoconference.

And how to look like a boss in your next Zoom meeting!

Empty office space is pictured next to a pre-ring-light-era webcam, plus Vancouver Police monitor a protest on June 15, 2020. (Shutterstock, Ben Nelms/CBC)
Listen to the full episode27:19

Billions of dollars go into policing in this country, but where is that money going now and what happens to it amid the calls to defund police? The numbers have been going up over the past 15 years, and that cash isn't always going to new gear or state-of-the-art armoured vehicles.

Anis Heydari looks at the numbers in police budgets to explain just how much police officers make. Listen here.


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Plus we turn to teenagers — and someone from the opposite end of the age spectrum — to find out how to look professional and up your video-charisma-game in the age of home webcam meetings.

Tracy Fuller teams up with Gen Z to find out how to look like a boss.


And if everyone is working from home, what happens to the land of fluorescent lights and thermostats held under plastic lock and key? is the office dead? Or is the shift to the virtual workplace just that —  virtual — and we'll be back to the office just as soon as you can type CTRL-Z on the pandemic. 

Catch Paul Haavardsrud exploring what the business consequences of not going back to the office might be here.


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