Monthly Archives: July 2006

Dis-Service New Brunswick

Is it just an inevitability that government can’t provide good customer service? I’m in line at the SNB in Moncton. For years I have used SNB and have always been very impressed at the speed and efficiency. Not any more. … Continue reading

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Let’s blow this popsicle stand

Interesting article in the T&T this A.M. (I can’t give you a URL because you have to pay). It’s about the migration of workers to Alberta. In usual style, Al Hogan doesn’t mention the Premier by name at all and … Continue reading

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The Meek Shall Inherit… the inkwell

Who is this Jim Meek? He is described as a freelance writer in Halifax (and works for Bristol Communications). He has been serving up a steady diet of thought-provoking articles dealing with the lack of economic development in the region. … Continue reading

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Donald Savoie getting cranky?

I like to read through the Halifax Chronicle-Herald – mostly because it’s a breath of fresh air compared to the local rag here in Moncton. There was an interesting article about the need for economic growth in Atlantic Canada. But … Continue reading

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Now we know an election must be coming

There’s a story in today’s Daily Gleaner about the province putting 50 new government jobs in Edmundston. That’s a sure sign that an election must be coming soon. I have said before that where it makes sense, I think the … Continue reading

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Fixing the fiscal imbalance

The Premiers couldn’t agree this week on a unified position on fixing the ‘fiscal imbalance’. There are basically three broad approaches that were put foward (and hybrids of all of them): The fiscal imbalance is between the ‘rich’ and the … Continue reading

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Where power lies

This is interesting. CHICAGO (Reuters)—Chicago’s city council Wednesday passed one of the nation’s strictest “living wage” laws, requiring large retailers to pay escalating hourly wages and benefits.Opponents said they would challenge the ordinance in court, arguing that it unfairly singles … Continue reading

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40% is a lot

Maclean’s magazine’s online poll asks the question: Should the fiscal imbalance make tax revenues continue to be transferred from rich to poor provinces to ensure equal public services across Canada? At 8 am this morning, 40% said no. Now, they … Continue reading

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Pop Quiz: What do rural NB and Europe have in common?

I’m thinking of transforming this blog into a gossip rag. You know, keep the theme but reorient around juicy gossip. You see, I am getting more and more little emails with interesting tidbits of information. For example, I just heard … Continue reading

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Work, work, work!

Check this out: Survey says grads prize balance, ethics over payCanada’s newest college grads prize work/life balance over all other benefits, according to a new survey of university students born between 1979 and 2001. The flexible work environment they covet … Continue reading

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