Monthly Archives: June 2005

Vive le Québec

I came across an interesting article this week in the Economist magazine. According to the magazine’s Intelligence Unit, Quebec has been the most aggressive province in providing ten-year tax holidays to attract investments in manufacturing, processing and financial services. The … Continue reading

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Results of the latest quarterly survey of small-and medium-sized enterprises, by the Canadian Federation of IndependentBusiness (CFIB) were released yesterday. Businesses in Alberta and BC continue to lead the nation in optimism. On the other, businesses in Atlantic Canada displayed … Continue reading

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Tony Huntjens provides glimpse

Tony Huntjens gave the closing speech to theCanadian Social Welfare Policy Conference which was held in Fredericton recently. In the speech, I think, Mr. Huntjens was delicately hinting that in the future, the amount of money available for social programs … Continue reading

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Mapleton – Part II

The Times & Transcript’s feature letter to the editor today entitled “City council needs lesson in democracy” suggests that the opposition to the development of a housing/commercial development at the corner of Mapleton Road and the TCH (on land zoned … Continue reading

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Tucker Carlson without the bowtie

Tucker Carlson is best known as the ‘from the right’ person on CNN’s crossfire. He got his start over 15 years ago as a contrarian to the perceived left leaning media – CNN wanted to look ‘balanced’ – whatever that … Continue reading

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FDI way down in Canada

I have been watching the foreign direct investment flows into and out of Canada in recent years with increasing alarm. Obviously, there will be ebbs and flows here but the trend is decidedly outward and that is not good, long … Continue reading

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Is it me?

Once in a while I get the feeling that either the rest of the world is crazy or maybe it’s just me. I have been questionning the actual population figure in New Brunswick ever since the 2001 Census data was … Continue reading

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I agree with Hrabluk on at least one thing

Lisa Hrabluk’s weekend commentary called “Revolutions start by neighbours talking” makes a very good point. She says we need “a citizen’s movement” to “set the agenda for New Brunswick’s renaissance”. Based on what I am reading about NextNB, we disagree … Continue reading

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Clearing up the Mapleton Park thing

I apologize for the quality of this image but all the green is Mapleton Park and that little piece of orange on the right is where George Leblanc’s little old man watches Chickadees. This is the zoning map for the … Continue reading

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The truth about Employment Insurance

Somebody remarked to me one time that I was mistaken about the figures I use for Employment Insurance. In fact, they said it was ridiculous to think that over 100,000 of New Brunswick’s 350,000 working people would be on EI. … Continue reading

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