Ghostwriter – Author – Journalist

Fred

Fred has had a full career as a CBC TV host and reporter. He has written countless articles for many renowned publications such as The Economist, The Globe and Mail, BusinessWeek and many more, as well as more than 2000 obituaries. He is also a successfully published author and ghostwriter. His current projects include writing and co-authoring books, as well as lending his talents as a speaker and interviewer for webcasts.

WHY IS THE STOCK MARKET SO STRONG?

By on June 22, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
WHY IS THE STOCK MARKET SO STRONG?

If I had even 10% of the answers for what makes the stock market tick I could be “sunnin’ meself in the Bahamas”, to pluck a line from Beyond the Fringe. People are mystified that the stock market is on wheels, except for last Thursday, at a time when the world economy is in the […]

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CASH IS TRASH

By on June 22, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
CASH IS TRASH

Since the middle of March $180 in cash passed through my fingers. Sure, I am spending less, but the reason is I hardly do anything face-to-face. A pizza, a sushi dinner, with the cash left on the bench, both of us wearing a mask. Everything else is done using my two credit cards, my debit […]

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Brilliant economist Sylvia Ostry was one of Ottawa’s top mandarins

By on May 23, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Brilliant economist Sylvia Ostry was one of Ottawa’s top mandarins

Sylvia Ostry, who died Thursday at the age of 92 after a long illness, was one of the most accomplished civil servants of her generation. The head of Statistics Canada, she was the country’s first female federal deputy minister – a post she held in several government departments – before becoming the chief economist at […]

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Donald Moore ex CEO of Imperial Oil

By on April 17, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Donald Moore ex CEO of Imperial Oil

Donald McIvor, who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 91, was chairman and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil at a time when the Cana- dian subsidiary of Exxon clashed with Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government over the National Energy Program, introduced in 1980. As the head of Canada’s largest integrated oil company, Mr. […]

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Philanthropist Marvelle Koffler was a champion of women’s health

By on February 15, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Philanthropist Marvelle Koffler was a champion of women’s health

Marvelle Koffler, who died on Jan. 14 at age 90, was a prominent patron of the arts in Toronto as well as being an active supporter of medical research. Along with her husband, Shoppers Drug Mart founder Murray Koffler, she helped establish the Toronto Outdoor Art Festival and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. A […]

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Reitmans CEO Jeremy Reitman led the fashion chain with his brother for half a century

By on February 15, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Reitmans CEO Jeremy Reitman led the fashion chain with his brother for half a century

Jeremy Reitman, who has died at the age of 74, was the chairman and CEO of Reitmans, the Canada-wide retail chain his grandparents started in 1926. He and his brother, Stephen Reitman, ran the company together for almost 50 years. Reitmans was one of the survivors of the “retail apocalypse” brought on by online competition. […]

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Banker Jacques Ménard strove to improve many aspects of life in Quebec

By on February 15, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Banker Jacques Ménard strove to improve many aspects of life in Quebec

Jacques Ménard was a dynamic force in many different slices of public life in Quebec, from banking to ballet and baseball to electricity. Early in his finance career he decided to devote 20 per cent of his time to social and cultural causes outside his primary occupation. Mr. Ménard, who died on on Feb. 4, […]

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Dr William Barakett

By on September 25, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
Dr William Barakett

Dr. William Barakett, who died of cancer last month at the age of 74, practised medicine in the Eastern Townships of Quebec for almost 50 years. He was a country doctor with a difference. Along with running a private practice, he was an expert in alcohol and drug addiction; he also devoted time to running […]

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The Commander – The Life and Times of Harry Steele

By on July 25, 2019 in Books with 0 Comments
The Commander – The Life and Times of Harry Steele

William Wilder

By on July 25, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
William Wilder

William Wilder, who has died at 96, was one of the most powerful men on Bay Street from the 1950s to the 70s, helping build Wood Gundy into what was then the largest brokerage and corporate-finance firm in Canada. Bill Wilder, as everyone knew him, was a super salesman who could run numbers in his […]

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