Country’s New Xenophobia

Country music, as of 2012, is now the single most lucrative genre of music in North America, surpassing classic rock as the most popular style of music on the continent. Analysts speculate that a rise in the number of new, younger fans has attracted record numbers of fans to a traditionally “old person” style of…

Don’t Buy Your Clothes at the Mall

This is not meant to be some anti-capitalist rant; in fact, I am going to encourage consumption throughout this article. What I will try to make you think about is not why you’re buying clothes, but where you’re buying them. Rapper-producer duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are now world-famous after performance at the Grammy Awards, with respect…

Why the “Underemployment” Crisis for 20-somethings is a myth

Almost thirty years ago, the unemployment rate in Canada was almost double what it is today (a staggering 13%). Twenty years ago, it took another spike and jumped to 12%. Today’s unemployment rate of 7.2% is, in historical terms, very good, and among the lowest it’s ever been since these statistics were first recorded by…