Monthly Archives: June 2006

Subscribe to the Halifax Herald for good NB news

You know what’s interesting? If you want the best stories on politics in New Brunswick, read the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. Sure, they’re always set in the context of Nova Scotia issues/thinking but it’s refreshing to get a little more nuance in … Continue reading

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Smile and talk about economic development

Is it just me or do politicians love to talk about economic development in Atlantic Canada during campaigns? If we had one job created for every politician promising to focus on ‘economic development’ in Atlantic Canada – we’d be Calgary. … Continue reading

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Toronto’s ‘problems’

It would seem that southern Ontario has the opposite problem of New Brunswick. They are predicting the population will almost double over the next 25 years. The challenges they face are related to managing this rapid growth. This is kind … Continue reading

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You know I constantly talk about the need to market the heck out of the province as a location for business. Increasingly I am becoming convinced that we need to market the heck out of the province to its own … Continue reading

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Ouch, that hurts

N.B. pulp mill reopens amid pressure from loonie and world marketsNACKAWIC, N.B. (CP) – The huge A.V. Nackawic pulp mill in New Brunswick has officially reopened, but mill owners say they may need more government help to cope with the … Continue reading

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On mutual funds and coming down the road

I have never understood why the enterprising economic developers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have never made any serious push to attract the back offices of the financial services industry. Many of these jobs pay very well and require … Continue reading

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Take a stand, darn it!

I have been railing politicians for waffling on economic development. For not just diving in and getting it done. I suggest they take a cue from a volunteer fire department in a Newfoundland town. Now that’s hutzpa.

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The rural squeeze

I knew this was coming sooner or later. The president of the Fredericton Youth Hockey Association expects to lose hundreds of players because of the city’s plan to increase rink user fees by hundreds of dollars for rural families. People … Continue reading

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Congrats Rodney, now get busy

I have been following the Nova Scotia election fairly closely as I have several clients in that province and because I think a stronger economy in Nova Scotia is good for the whole region. So, congratulations to Rodney MacDonald as … Continue reading

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Regional spending out of control?

This story’s all over the national press: MacKay doubles Liberal spending on corporate welfareCanWest News ServiceConservatives under fire for regional spending figuresStarPhoenix, Canada – June 12, 2006Tory spending favours east, analysis shows$90M outlay in Atlantic Canada tops among regional funding … Continue reading

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