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Predicting The Big Economic Stories of 2022 (part 2)


Todd Hirsch, ATB Economics | January 21, 2022


Predicting the big economic stories of 2022 (part 2)

Yesterday’s Owl looked at three of the top five economic stories to watch in 2022, as highlighted in a special episode of ATB’s The Future Of podcast. Frances Donald, Global Chief Economist and Strategist at Manulife Investment Management joined me on the podcast and helped craft the list of stories.

Today, we round out the top five list with the two remaining economic stories to watch.

#4. Central banks taking action

With price pressures rising throughout the

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Predicting The Big Economic Stories of 2022 (part 1)


Todd Hirsch, ATB Economics | January 20, 2022


Predicting the big economic stories of 2022 (part 1)

One of the typical tasks of an economist is to predict what’s coming next. I recently had the chance to take on this task with Frances Donald of Manulife Investment Management in the latest episode of ATB Financial’s The Future Of podcast.

Frances and I came up with what we think will be five of the top economic stories to watch in 2022. Today’s Owl highlights the first three stories; tomorrow’s Owl will cover the other two.


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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

‘Tis the season to wish one another joy and love and peace.

These are my wishes for you, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays may you feel the love this special day.

May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. 

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Winter Solstice 2021

The winter solstice of 2021 occurs today (Dec. 21), marking the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and it brings good news: From tomorrow on, days will start getting longer again, taking us out of the darkness as we slowly head towards spring. TaraKennedy_WinterSolstice
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 Help Save Horses, Donkeys & Mules

Nestled next door to the Sherwood Park Nursery at 22054 Township Road 522, 5 Freedoms Ranch Rescue and Rehabilitation  is likely one of the best kept local secrets. 

The local 40-acre sanctuary rescues all kinds of equines — horses, donkeys, and mules — that are suffering from neglect, abandonment, abuse, as well as from meat kill buyers. Currently, the site is caring for approximately 90 animals.

“I don’t know how many we’ve rescued over the years. It’s definitely been a few hundred. It’s a moving number. I don’t stop and count very often,” noted Beverly Wilson, founder of 5 Freedoms Ranch Rescue and Rehabilitation.

“We were kind of a well-kept secret for a long time. I was rescuing on my own, but it began

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A Covid Christmas by Tom MacDonald


T'was the night before Christmas, but Covid was here, so we all had to stay extra cautious this year.
Our masks were all hung by the chimney with care, in case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.
With Covid, we couldn't leave cookies or cake so we left Santa hand sanitizer to take. 

The children were sleeping, the brave little tots. The ones over 5 had just had their first shots.
And mom in her kerchief and me in my cap had just settled in for a long winter's nap.
But we tossed and we turned all night in our beds as visions of variants danced in our heads.

Gamma and Delta and now Omicron These Covid mutations that go on and on
I thought to myself, "If this doesn't get better, I'll soon be familiar with every

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