Monthly Archives: February 2005

I’m standing my ground on this one, thanks.

I may be the only person outside Nova Scotia and Newfoundland cheering the recent deal between the Feds and those provinces that means the provinces will benefit from offshore oil & gas revenues. Now, I see that NB Liberal Leader … Continue reading

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The Feds are comin’, oho, oho!

A colleague of mine recently sent me an email entitled “The Feds are coming…”. I am not sure he was playing on my last name and the famous Scottish tune but I’ll venture the answer is yes. It goes like … Continue reading

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Desperately seeking leadership

Lee Iacocca was one of the most famous leaders in corporate America in the 20th century. It is well known that he took a company, Chrysler Corp., from almost bankruptcy to a thriving company – a miracle by any measure. … Continue reading

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Too little, too late Mr. Premier (and Ms Hrabluk)

I don’t mean to pick on Lisa Hrabluk, the Telegraph-Journal writer who seems to cover provincial political or economic issues (I am not overly sure about this). However, I don’t seem to understand her reporting style. In her column this … Continue reading

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Am I missing something?

I don’t prentend to have cornered the market on smarts. I don’t particularly vault myself up as overly bright. But I would like to think that I have at least a basic grasp of the economic challenges facing Atlantic Canada. … Continue reading

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Immigration – Get your ducks in order

Now after decades of almost no immigration, now everyone and their dog in Atlantic Canada is talking about it. Provinces are developing strategies, communities are getting ‘immigrant friendly’ and the federal government is finally starting to show some interest in … Continue reading

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You’d think we would learn our lesson

After decades of a welfare/dependency approach to Canada’s aboriginal community, the focus is now on self sufficiency. Because, we realize that money alone will not solve any community’s problems. What’s needed is a broader sense of belonging – of relevance … Continue reading

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It looks like Lord may have dodged a bullet

In an article in the El Universal newspaper, Rafael Ramirez, Venezuela’s Minister of Energy and Petroleum, stated that Pdvsa will honor contracts already signed. “We have always said that what is signed will be respected.” Controversy arose last year when … Continue reading

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It’s just another number

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T.S. Eliot To their credit, the Times & Transcript actually ran a story about the$740 million in EI paid out to New … Continue reading

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Environmentalists – Please don’t miss the point

The UNB Environmental Society is hosting a Youth Environmental Symposium (YES) later this week in Fredericton. The preamble for their conference reads as follows: Historically, Atlantic Canada has been left behind… We have less investment, fewer industries, higher unemployment, and … Continue reading

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