KeatsConnelly Cross-Border Weekly Best of the Web 2014-10-24

web-search-greyEvery week we share news stories, blog articles and other interesting stuff from around the web that received the most views, shares, comments and overall interest on various KeatsConnelly social media outlets.

This week we’ve highlighted an article that garnered interesting debate on our Facebook page about the cost of universal healthcare in Canada, then move on to a look at what might be behind some of the recent market volatility we’ve experience and finally finish with a fascinating view on why much of Canada is sparsely inhabited.

How Much “Free” Health Care Really Costs Canadians (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/) – “Don’t touch my free health care,” is a common refrain from defenders of the status quo whenever anyone broaches the topic of reforming Canada’s health-care system. While politicians and interest groups no doubt share a portion of the blame for perpetuating the myth of a $0 price tag for health care in Canada, their ability to carry public opinion with them stems from the murky manner in which health care is funded…

The main reason markets are jittery? The future looks gloomier than it did before. (http://www.theweek.com/) – After a relatively benign period, market upheaval has returned. The main stock market indices fell last week across Asia, Europe and the U.S., while safe-haven assets like gold have been on the rise. This followed a slow drip of bad economic news, not least the sharp fall in German industrial output in August. More recent was the latest “World Economic Outlook” by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which makes sober reading…

This Map Shows Why Almost Nobody Lives in Most Of Canada (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/) – Canada: land-wise, it’s one of the world’s biggest countries, but population-wise, it’s anything but. A map posted to Imgur on Thursday shows us precisely why. The map comes from the Government of Canada’s “Plant Hardiness Site,” which contains images showing “Extreme Minimum Temperature Zones” throughout the Great White North. “Extreme Minimum Temperature” refers to the lowest average temperatures that are projected in specific areas each year. In so doing, it shows people what plants can grow where — and, by extension, why so many of Canada’s people are concentrated in cities and along coastlines…

Come back next week for more interesting news and articles. Enjoy your weekend!

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