Graham Iddon

  • December 2, 2021

    The true value of money

    By: Graham Iddon

    Photo collage, old bank notes and coins, gold nuggets and a computer component.
    What is money—when you really stop to think about it? To understand how money works, and what it ultimately represents, we need to strip it down to its very basic function.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Education
  • October 21, 2021

    Moving mountains

    By: Graham Iddon

    Collage, bank note details, green, face of middle-aged woman, mountains and large number 20.
    The $20 bill of 1969 was the prototype of the Scenes of Canada note series. Yet, as more notes were designed, the theme—and the $20 note itself—would change.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • August 19, 2021

    Fur Trade Economics

    By: David Bergeron, Graham Iddon, Krista Broeckx

    Photo collage, yellowed document with writing, tokens, carved stick, silver beaver trinket.
    Over its 350-year lifespan, the Hudson’s Bay Company has had an enormous impact on Canada’s economy and how the nation was settled.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 30, 2021

    The house the Bank of Canada built

    By: Graham Iddon

    Building, old, square, stone building surrounded by 2 glass towers.
    The Bank of Canada head office is two structures: the stone cube on Wellington Street and the glass structure that it is nestled into. Both are significant architectural landmarks.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 3, 2021

    Value is in the Eye of the Consumer

    By: Graham Iddon

    Collage, money, graphs and people playing with hula hoops.
    Supply and demand is part of the very bedrock of an economy. It's what generates the price of any product or service.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • April 30, 2021

    Mishap on the dollar

    By: Graham Iddon

    Bank note engraving, green, logs and 2 boats on a river in front of a tree-covered hill with towers.
    An image of a river of logs floating behind Parliament Hill has long lived in Canadian collective memory thanks to a bank note, the Scenes of Canada $1 bill.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • March 23, 2021

    The Last Smokestack

    By: Graham Iddon

    Bank note engraving, purple, a large, highly detailed factory complex of pipes, tanks and chimneys.
    Putting an industrial facility on a bank note is not a casual decision. At the end of the 1960s, such places were earning a bad reputation for pollution. There was actually a good reason for this choice, but it wasn’t obvious to many Canadians.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • February 26, 2021

    Playing with Economy

    By: Graham Iddon

    A diverse group of 4 young children playing a board game.
    There might be only a handful of basic game formats, but there is an infinity of variations—a surprising number of which require the skills we need to manage our daily economic lives.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • January 4, 2021

    Economic Opportunity Costs

    By: Graham Iddon

    Man in a superhero costume crouching in an aisle of a home renovation warehouse.
    With his superpowers, Peter Parker would no doubt do a fabulous job of tiling his kitchen backsplash. But as Spider-Man, he has more valuable things to do with his time.
    Content type(s): Blog
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