Selected Features

Macleans

My personal Bitcoin nightmare

John is an old high school friend I mostly see at weddings, so I wasn’t expecting to see a message from him blinking on my desktop one night in December. He asked if I still had the Bitcoin he’d given me back in 2011. “I still have it I think,” I replied, dimly recalling the loonie-sized brass coin that he’d given me, around the time someone bought a pizza for 10,000 BTC. I remembered seeing some recent headlines about Bitcoin making a comeback. “How much is it worth now?” I asked, thinking that for him to be asking, it must be worth a couple of hundred bucks. “13,000 USD-ish,” he said.
theScore esports

Wings Gaming win The International 2016

Wings Gaming are The International 2016 champions, following a 3-1 victory over Digital Chaos in the Grand Finals. They head home from Seattle with just over $9.1 million. Though the road to the Grand Finals is a long one, Wings took the shortest path possible, cutting through the Upper Bracket with a 9-2 game record and barely breaking a sweat. They came into Day 1 one of the event bold and unpredictable as ever, pulling out crazy drafts that left the desk analysts scratching their heads. "There is no meta," Chan "WinteR" Litt Binn said ahead of Wings' draft in Game 3 of the Grand Finals.
Marketing magazine

Marketing Mag's Tech Player of the Year 2015: Shopify

Without Shopify, Manitobah Mukluks would never have gone from a specialty business working with a handful of high-end shoe retailers to a worldwide phenomenon competing with the likes of Ugg. Today, its premiere and one-of-a-kind “story boots” that are painstakingly crafted by aboriginal community elders, retail for upwards of $1,000 on Manitobah’s online store. But back in the mid-2000s, when it was founded by a Métis trader and a former Canada Goose distributor, there was no way Manitobah could afford to work with the big-name enterprise e-commerce businesses.
Marketing magazine

The programmatic dream ain’t what it used to be

If you’ve been to an ad technology conference lately, then you’ve no doubt experienced it: the odd juxtaposition of future-forward cheerleading for innovative technology and grave real-talk about all the threats lurking out there on the exchanges. In one auditorium, sponsors are lining up with a litany of impressive spend projections for 2016, proof-positive that it’s time for your brand to get on the bandwagon. But just down the hall, industry watchdogs are warning that everyone along the digital supply chain is looking to gouge you, including your trusted agency partners.
Marketing magazine

It’s 2 a.m. Do you know where your ads are?

Imagine you represent Boston Pizza, State Farm or Procter & Gamble, and while surfing the web you click a bad link and end up at BeachCreeps.com, an adult blog that posts photos of bikini-clad women. There at the top of the site is a shiny new banner ad from your latest media buy. Now imagine you’re not imagining it. Beach Creeps is a real site, where Marketing discovered ads for those and many other household name brands like Target, Harley Davidson, Scene Card and Equifax.
The Globe and Mail

Polyamory: Exploring the ins and outs of multiple partners

When the new Canadian census figures were released this week, there was a lot of talk about the rise in single-person households, as well as same-sex pairings and unmarried couples with children. But another variety of domestic arrangement continues to fly below the radar of demographics: those that involve more than two adult romantic partners. While statistics are hard to come by, the lifestyle – which many of its practitioners call polyamory – does not go totally unnoticed, for better or worse.
HuffPost Canada

Canada's Income Inequality: What Is It, And How Bad?

Over the last 30 years, the distance between the richest and poorest Canadians has widened considerably. Using different income definitions will slightly change who belongs to Canada’s “one per cent” and “99 per cent,” but the basic story stays the same across a wide breadth of statistics: the richest Canadians make disproportionately more than the poorest, and, more importantly, in the last three decades income for the richest Canadians has increased far faster than it has for the poorest.