Navigating a Changing Economy

Conversations about work, inflation, and real estate dominated the year

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The Economy

The pandemic continues to shake up the economy, affecting everything from the labour market to house prices.

The Walrus tackled some of the many new questions that have arisen in the wake of these changes, including inflation, the Great Resignation, and the perils of remote offices.

These are the conversations we were having this year about work, business, and the economy.


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a child and watched my parents break their backs to be able to afford to live in this god forsaken country. Now if everyone collectively could just stop going to their retail jobs and demand the government to give us money.. chefs kiss” – @diariesofabipoc


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“No workplace, no workplace harassment? Wrong. In my first for @thewalrus, I explored why the pandemic has driven harassment and bullying online, worsening many Canadians’ experiences and fueling underreporting:” – @sam_mccabage


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“This week on The Conversation Piece: What happens when you think you’re making change and solving the world’s problems, but you really are the world’s problems? Author @AnandWrites speaks to this on this week’s podcast.” – @thewalrus


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“For The Walrus, I wrote about the absolute chaos that has been the Canadian housing market during the pandemic, as people across the country (including me!) move out of city centres and to smaller towns and communities.” – @SeanWetselaar


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“To build true connectivity, @oggycane4lyfe outlines that financial investment is needed to equip Indigenous rural communities with better wi-fi and cellular services as well as laptops, training, and mentorships” – @thewalrus


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“How to count the wages of sin. Or at least cannabis.” – @amitchelltweets
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@TheWalrus on Twitter
“COVID-19 forced leaders and organizations to rethink how they operate. In @TheWalrus, our CEO @BruceM1 and @KckngHrseCoffee CEO Elana Rosenfeld look at how businesses can prepare and maintain trust as we head into not only a new year, but a new world.” – @get_proof


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“It’s time to redefine leadership. The success of women leaders has been the silver lining of the pandemic. Learn how women lead differently than men in Lauren McKeon’s talk from @concordia presents #WalrusTalks at Home: Living Better. #FemaleLeaders” – @thewalrus


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“Some people want to scare you about inflation. Here’s why they’re wrong.” – @maxfawcett


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“Decolonization is about not just reimagining systems of equity, but creating them. – Dr. Roberta Timothy @UofT #WalrusTalks #accessibility #inclusion #resilience” – @thewalrus


@TheWalrus on Twitter
“This pandemic has shown the glaring inequities in society, and it has had a disproportionate effect on racialized women. @annhui spoke on this topic at @YWcalgary presents The Walrus Talks at Home: Shifting the She-cession.” – @thewalrus

The Walrus Staff

New Year, New Stories

Hello and Happy 2023!
As we start this new year, we need you now more than ever. In these uncertain times, it is crucial that reliable media remains available to everyone. That is why we depend on your support to keep our journalism accessible and independent. From the economy to political polarization, the challenges our society is facing this year are too important for half truths. At The Walrus, the future of journalism is funded by engaged citizens like you. Together, we can preserve the integrity of Canadian media and ensure that our democracy thrives. Will you join us?
With thanks,
Jennifer Hollett
Executive Director
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