Here are some links/resources for trends and coming up with trends. Some are specific to what i was researching while others are more general
Road trend analysis from CBC, based on Statscan data.
A good blog on helping us identify trends.
Google trends. Google has a lot of good tools besides web search. You can compare up to 5 topics you are interested in and see how often they’ve been searched on Google over a period of time. It also shows how frequently your topics have appeared in Google news. great stuff.
If you read this great book by Malcom Gladwell, then you know its all about trends. The Tipping Point tells the reader about how points of interests can become a trends to the masses. He also have another book called blink! that is loosely related. May not have time to read the whole thing take a look if you get the chance.
I haven't really looked at this site, but hopefully the name says it all...Trend encyclopedia! Seems to compare areas of interests and see if there is a trend.