Before I found my way into journalism, I wanted to be a cartoonist. Heck, before I wanted to be an astronaut I wanted to be a cartoonist. It didn’t work out, but from time to time I still like to dabble. I’ll make this post my ongoing repository for my econo-doodles and will try to dig up some old ones from the past.

“FOMOing over real estate was more fun” – March 2020



“Coronas, Iris” – March 11, 2020

“Soft landing” – January, 2016

Update March 2020: This one from the initial crash in oil prices four years ago now seems suddenly relevant again to the Canadian economy.

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What you’ll find here

Greetings. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a blog of my own. I plan to use this space as a repository for my random thoughts on the Canadian economy, business scene and politics. Oh, and it’s a safe bet there’ll be charts. Lots of charts. I make no promises about the frequency of my posts, but I’ll try to develop a rhythm before too long. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter or drop me an e-mail.

GFL lines up investment banks for IPO, seeks to raise up to $1.98-billion

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Waste management company GFL Environmental Inc. is seeking to raise up to $1.98-billion (US$1.5-billion) in an initial public offering this fall, according to a person close to the transaction, one year after it brought in new private-equity backers.

The Toronto company, whose lime green garbage and recycling trucks have become fixtures in cities across Canada and the United States, plans to dual-list its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange and in the U.S., although it has not selected an American exchange yet. GFL has hired a syndicate of investment banks to advise on the offering, with Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal doing the Canadian side of the deal and J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. handling the U.S.


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