Monthly Archives: February 2005

It’s been a good week for Nova Scotia

In the world of economic development, getting media coverage is a key part of raising your community’s profile which is an important step in the ultimate attraction of businesses, people and investment. Nova Scotia recieved not one but two major, … Continue reading

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The new self-reliance

I forced myself to listen the whole federal government budget speech delivered yesterday. I knew full well that it has become a marketing effort but I thought there would be some clues as to the mindset of the government. That’s … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows

What do Brian Lee Crowley, John Manyard Keynes and Karl Marx have in common? Brian Lee Crowley is the head of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, an organization that believes that the market, and only the market, should decide … Continue reading

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What’s the big deal?

Yesterday, the Federal government announced that it would be giving $115 million to Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited to support an economic development project in Montreal. I don’t know that I have much to say about this except that it … Continue reading

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Apathy, cynicism & denial

It seems to me that the public has basically three responses to the rhetoric of politicians: apathy, cynicism and denial. The vast majority of folks don’t seem to care one way or another (unless they are directly impacted by a … Continue reading

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Adopting a life cycle approach to ED

I have been studying the various ways that communities and governments attempt to stimulate economic development for almost 15 years. One conclusion that I am prepared to make is that I really believe that some communities and provinces/states try economic … Continue reading

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You gotta be ‘dead’, sir

The minister at the church I attend is a particularly effective communicator. He uses a variety of anecdotes, stories and jokes to make his points as to how we can better ourselves and have a better appreciation of the spiritual … Continue reading

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Health, senior care and education remain number one priorities

Anyone that reads my blog will know that this is my own personal bugaboo – the fact that in every opinion poll ‘health’, ‘senior care’ and ‘education’ are always topping the list of priorities. This was the findings of the … Continue reading

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“Mr Dithers” and his distracting “fiscal cafeteria”

This is the title of an Economist magazine article this week. Now, the Economist is just about the most respected business magazine in the world – and now they are jumping on Paul Martin and the ‘ditherer’ label. Just for … Continue reading

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Can’t understand Premier McGuinty

It seems that the Newfoundland offshore revenue deal is not going to go away. Premier McGuinty has said that he will press the Federal government for as long as it takes to reduce the level of funding that Ontario pays … Continue reading

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