Canadian Debt Serfs

Despite Canada’s official continued rosy outlook on the economy and the country’s position globally, cracks are showing. For example, the Victoria (BC) Real Estate Board is preparing to release it’s June sales vs listing data, which isn’t looking so good. House Hunt Victoria has parsed the information and created some simple graphs that tell quite […]


What changes when you realize that your life, and those of people around you, are unsustainable, not just the myriad of consumer decisions we can make, (prius over a F350, reusable vs plastic, etc), but deep down, what really changes? We just returned from a road trip where we travelled over 2,600km in two and a bit […]

Lean Local Economies

Image via Wikipedia There is a knack to saying things that people don’t want to hear, and still sounding intelligent. Most people who have an interest in the economy want a few mostly obvious things: for their stocks to keep increasing in value for whatever they want to be conveniently available at a reasonable price […]

Obama Predicts Trillion Dollar Deficit

I try my hardest not to be all doom and gloom here at UrbanWorkbench, but someone tell me who is going to lend the US Federal Government a Trillion dollars a year? Analysts predict that the federal deficit will hit a new record of at least $1 trillion this year, which would be not only […]