Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

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    Election Economics: How Successful is the US Healthcare System?

    Aug 20, 12 • 745 Views • No Comments

    It might be tough to use statistics to judge US health care. Among OECD countries (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), from 1980 to 1999, for life expectancy, the US ranked #19 and Canada was #5. However, the order flips–US #1 and......  [read more]

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    Tricky Oil Questions

    Jun 17, 12 • 617 Views • No Comments

    1. Asked to list the world’s biggest oil consumers, most of us would be correct if we started with the US and China. With the US at 20.5% and China, 11.4% for 2011, we are almost at one-third of world consumption. 2. But then, it gets a bit tricky.......  [read more]

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    Should We Keep the Penny?

    Apr 9, 12 • 856 Views • No Comments

    Because cost is up and use is down, the Royal Canadian Mint stopped producing pennies and, during the fall, will stop distributing those that exist. Should we also eliminate the penny? Pennies are expensive. At 2 1/2 cents a piece, making and distributing......  [read more]

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    Do You Care If You’ve Got Mail?

    Dec 5, 11 • 663 Views • No Comments

    In Canada, when postal workers went on strike because of wage cut proposals, many people were saying, “Who Cares?” In the U.S., Hallmark and Amazon have said that they do care about the future of the Postal Service. If asked, approximately 650,000......  [read more]

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    Greener Money

    Jan 22, 11 • 748 Views • No Comments

    Hearing that Canada was switching to plastic money this year, I imagined…plastic. It turns out that plastic money looks and feels pretty much like the cotton-based paper currency we now use.  Why make the change? Money was one reason. Although it......  [read more]