Follow Your Money
I co-wrote “Follow Your Money” with Kevin Sylvester, but truth be told, Kevin did 90% of the work and was generous enough to give me 50% of the credit.
“What happens to your money after you hand it to the cashier?
You pay for that cool pair of shoes or a ticket to the newest blockbuster movie; but what happens to that money once it leaves your hands? Who actually pockets it or puts it into the bank? Was the price you paid fair? Why do things cost what they do, and who benefits most from your purchase? This lively, kid-friendly book answers all these questions and others, such as, “Why are designer jeans so much more expensive than the no-name ones?”
Using fun illustrations, this book traces the long and fascinating path money travels — from your pocket to cashier and on from there.
Kids will also discover the trail their money takes through:
- charitable giving
- fair trade
- fuel (gas)
Thorough and accessible, Follow Your Money is a vital introduction to the web of people and companies that we influence and are influenced by when we pay for a product or service.”
Stalled: Jump-starting the Canadian Economy
My first solo work: “Stalled: Jump-starting the Canadian Economy” was published in late March 2015 by Dundurn Press.
“For the fifty years following the Second World War, Canada enjoyed a period of spectacular economic growth ― the economy quadruple in size and the living standard of most Canadians steadily improved.
However, in the years since, Canada has suffered from economic stagnation. Businesses keep closing, and Canadians find it harder to get and keep a good job. Increasingly, Canadians have relied on consumer debt to help mask the underlying problems, but for many even that temporary form of relief is no longer an option.
In Stalled, Michael Hlinka explains what drove Canada’s five-decade expansion and what has put us in the rut we’re currently in. He also shows that there are solutions for Canada as a country and for individual Canadians, and that we can get out of the rut we’re in if we start doing the things that once made us great.”