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The Global Urban Migration

Do you remember the year 1978? You may have been alive; you might have just been an infant. To refresh your memory, in 1978, Pierre Trudeau was the Canadian Prime Minister, Saturday Night Live had just entered its third season, and the Toronto Maple Leaf’s…

The 2 Minute News Cycle

Hello and welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed your quasi-long weekend. It is now back to reality, our brief blogging hiatus is officially over.   Last week, our attention was drawn to the opening of a new, innovative, all-sports website. Its not just the…

Clash of the Titans

  For those who doubt the competitive zeal in the world of business today, look no further than the examples outlined in yesterday’s blog post: Facebook attempted to expand their offering with a smartphone, Apple bought Beats audio for their online streaming business and premium…

Bezos Getting Bold

Few markets are as cutthroat and competitive as the international smartphone market, and its two dominant players – Apple and Samsung – are currently engaged in a global battle for dominance of the market. They have filed lawsuits, launched attack-ads and spent millions of dollars…

Pipeline or Pipe-Dream?

  On Tuesday, Stephen Harper made a long-awaited announcement, approving the highly controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline project. At face value, the announcement seems like a massive victory for Canada’s Oil Sands, and a crushing defeat for its environmental opposition. It turns out, however, that the…

Friend or Foe?

Like many others, the staff at MacNicol and Associates enjoy starting off our day with a warm cup of coffee and some morning reading. Well, we usually enjoy it. David Ignatius’ Op-Ed in the Washington Post made for a particularly poor start to our morning….

Ukraine and Russia Revisited

It was 8 days ago that John Oliver’s 13-minute evisceration of FIFA went viral on YouTube; the clip raised doubts about the legitimacy of the World Cup, and fears emerged about disaster in Brazil. Skepticism and concern would appear to be short lived, however, as…

How Conservative Inferioirity Became a Liberal Majority

Thursday night, Ontario voters took to the polls to elect a new Provincial legislature. To the surprise of many, Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal party emerged victorious with a strong majority at Queens Park. While Wynne had frequently topped the polls during the 40-day campaign,…

Iraq, Oil & The ISIS

  Today, our team entered the office elated that the World Cup kick off was just hours away. However, our morning took a more ominous turn as we began discussing the recent violent outbreaks in the northern regions of Iraq.  Oil prices have quickly jumped…

2014 Election Preview: PCs

Ontarians across the province will have a difficult choice to make on Thursday. Yesterday, we outlined the platform of the incumbent Liberal Party of Ontario led by current premier Kathleen Wynne. Today we will outline the platform of their main opposition: the Progressive Conservatives led…

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