Affairs

Bottom of the barrel.

It’s the way you feel after downing one too many Singapore Slings the night before: after years of binging on high oil prices, Canada’s energy sector is experiencing the mother of all hangovers.

Smart cycling.

SUMMER CYCLES: The Valour, by Toronto-based Vanhawks, is likely the smartest bike you’ll ever ride. Poised to improve how and where you cycle, this is one of a new breed of smart bikes that collects data from your phone, your bike, and from other riders to create the best (and safest) cycling experience possible.

Bridging the gap.

Fair trade is familiar territory for the North American fashion and home decor market, and Far & Wide Collective builds on that recognition by putting a face to each product.

The TOMS manifesto.

With TOMS shoes, social entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie pioneered a for-profit business model known as “one-for-one”. The nine-year-old company now sells eyewear, handbags, and coffee—but its bona fide product is the power of giving.

Up for adoption.

Perched high on a hill, Casa Margherita overlooks the Umbrian valley in Central Italy. It was here in 2007 that Adrian Henry and Rachel Williams fell in love with the land.

Meet the Smiths.

London-based husband-and-wife team James and Tamara Lohan are the founders of Mr & Mrs Smith, the boutique hotel guide and booking service.

Gold standard.

While the tech world waited with anticipation this morning to hear all about the Apple Watch via the company’s spring keynote event, the newest version of the MacBook may have turned more heads.

Solitude in the age of screens.

There were then two glowing screens atop my desk; three, if you count my yappy little phone. I was a magazine editor at the time—or, as we now say, a “content creator.” Yet I spent my days not so much creating content as reacting to it.

A home for a home.

Let’s all just agree on this one, at least: no one deserves to spend life atop a garbage dump, living hand to mouth by rifling through the refuse and waste of the better-off. Yet many do—120 million, in fact, according to World Housing, a Vancouver-based initiative that’s made it their mission to do something about it.