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William Watson: Canada's surprising comparative advantage—selling sand to the Sahara

Well, not exactly the Sahara. More like the Arabian Desert. But the alliteration sounded better than selling sand to Dubai. “Coals to Newcastle” doesn’t have alliteration, strictly, but it has two hard Cs and is memorable, and it’s true, we Canadians have been selling sand to people who live in or at least just beside the Arabian Desert.I learned this from the current issue of The New Yorker magazine in an article (“The World is Running out of Sand”) by one of my favourite writers, David Owen. Owen has what to scribblers of a certain age seems the perfect career;

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