Robbie Bent on the future of wellness

As Toronto’s favourite sauna startup Othership expands south of the border, co-founder Robbie Bent sat down with The Peak to talk about the future of wellness culture and the business of sauna sessions, cold plunges, guided classes, and community events. 

What to do this weekend

Bring on the meal deals

McDonald’s launched its much-hyped US$5 value meal promo in the U.S. as it tries to win back cost-conscious customers and dispel all those memes about how expensive it’s gotten.

Japan is full of big money moves

Vacation-goers aren’t the only ones flocking to Japan because of the weak yen. Western investors are also trekking to the Land of the Rising Sun. 

Collision’s new AI buzzword: “displacement”

Responsible AI was a hot topic at Canada’s biggest tech conference. There were numerous Collision panels on the subject, and questions about risks were routinely posed to the likes of Cohere CEO Aiden Gomez and pioneering researcher Geoffrey Hinton. Part of that conversation was job loss or, as it was routinely referred to, “displacement.”

Cybersecurity teams are getting left behind

The cybersecurity skills gap is not just persisting, but growing.

According to the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, there was an estimated shortage of 3.4 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide in 2022. The industry grew its workforce by 8.2% in 2023, but the gap now stands at over 4 million people.

Sobeys puts grocery delivery expansion on ice

As the costs continue to pile up, Empire, the parent of Sobeys, is pumping the brakes on expanding its e-commerce service, Voilà. 

Canadian ad agencies are showing out

With campaigns centred around Shohei Ohtani crushing baseballs and Taylor Swift eating ketchup and ranch, Canadian ad agencies had no shortage of award-winning ideas last year. 

Canadian sports betting kicks into high gear

Albertans are betting in record numbers this week that the Edmonton Oilers will pull off the next-to-impossible: four straight wins to take home the Stanley Cup. 

But beyond the NHL playoffs, it’s Ontario that’s seeing the real sports betting surge.

Meal kits won’t save you money, but they could still be worth it

Everyone you know is trying meal kits — but are they worth it?

Pension plans are getting harder to come by

As Ottawa talks about letting some workers retire earlier, others are finding it harder to get pension plans.

Young investors are reshaping their portfolios

Young investors are trading long-standing investing tactics for things like crypto and collectibles.

Ottawa hosts NATO chief

NATO’s head honcho paid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a visit in Ottawa yesterday to discuss — over a fancy dinner, we’re sure — why Canada won’t spend more on its military.

Canada’s immigration tide is cresting

Canada’s surge in temporary residents might be, well, temporary

Driving the news: Temporary residents grew to 6.8% of Canada’s population last quarter, but new data suggests the immigration tide could be cresting.

Promotions are getting harder to come by

Canadian employers are planning to hand out fewer promotions this year than in 2023, leaving less opportunity for a new crop of entry-level employees to get their foot in the door.

From The DMs

Better formula by editing tobacco genes

The problem: For many parents, breast milk is not an option for feeding their infants. They can turn to formula, but it lacks the hundreds of complex sugars that help babies build their gut bacteria, which is key to developing their immune system.

Edtech gets out of class and into the home

Parents have become more open to taking their children’s education into their own hands, driving some edtech companies to shift their business strategies.

Apps and accounts are helping kids master money

Kids today are more financially savvy than ever, with help from online money management tools.

Credit card companies are vying for your attention

In an effort to stand out in a sea of rewards, credit card companies are upping their game.