Atlantic Expats for a Knowledge Economy

Interesting.

It would seem that a few ex Atlantic Canadians are still interested in the homeland.

Do you think they pine for the rolling hills of Albert County? Or the majestic Annapolis Valley? How about the Nord Shore (see below)?

For inspiration look to the Irish.

North Shore Song

From Tide Head to Campbellton
And down to old Dundee
There’s no shore like the North Shore
That’s the shore for me.

Chorus:
There’s no shore like the north shore
That’s for shore, That’s for shore
There’s no shore like the north shore
That’s the shore for me

When you’re on the North Shore,
And have nothing else to do,
Go and visit the animals
Up in Nigadoo Zoo.

When you are on the north shore
And have an awful thirst.
There’s no place to drink cold beer
Likeup in old Bathurst.

From the floral of Balmoral,
To the snow caps of Glencoe
The Scottish and the Irish,
Are alive where ‘ere you go.

From the forestry to the fishery
To the mill down by the sea
The tallest man in Dalhousie
Is Mr. Bon Ami

Well Anglophone or francophone,
Are just the same to me.
Miguasha’s shore, you can hear her roar
Friend or mon ami.

Rise Again

The time is nie, the time is nie
When every Scots man will cry
Rise, aye we will rise again
Fra heather glen ta button ben
We will rise this we ken
Rise, aye we will rise again

Fra Bannockburn ta auld strathyre
Ner a man will retire
Crook and cronock in every hand
Wi’ banners high, men will cry
Do or die, do or die
Rise, aye we will rise again

Wa the gift that they would gee us
Ta see ourselves as others see us
Rise, aye we will rise again
Now’s the time and now’s the hour
We’ve the strength and the power
Rise, aye we will rise again

Though Charlie’s gone we’ll plod on
Wi our honour and our song
Rise, aye we will rise again
As long as there’s a hundred men
Scotland will rise again
Rise, aye we will rise again

Giddy up.

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0 Responses to Atlantic Expats for a Knowledge Economy

  1. to it and at it says:

    I couldn’t find a web site for these guys, the only thing that turned up was 2 posts on a discussion forum.

    The organizer has a discussion paper that he’ll send if you email him, the link is on that page.

    I hate to be a techno snob, but their web presence sucks for a bunch of guys trying to build a knowledge economy. Maybe they could get into the late 90s and provide a mailing list or web discussion board.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I hope they asked Mr Irving if it was okay with him to develop an economy in NB

  3. Anonymous says:

    C’mon people, all you had to do was email the guy for a copy. I’m a bit suspicious about this. For one thing, if you were pushing for a ‘knowledge economy’, would the first ‘paper’ you put out be on energy? I don’t think so.

    The ‘paper’ is a short document, and I suspect this guy has ties to AIMS or Irving, or both. It’s a bizarre document that would have taken only an hour to put together, but was sent to many of the top names-whether they pay attention is another matter. However, its easy for a guy like this to email the media and make it sound like ‘Atlantic Expats’ is a lot more than one guy.

    PEI apparantly has “almost no natural resources”, however, I’m pretty sure potatoes are pretty natural, and there are lots of them. It seems odd that while PEI has been most aggressive in pursuing alternative forms of energy they are left out of the mix completely and that plum goes to Nova Scotia, who is by far the worst with their reliance on coal. To state one of the only advantages of ‘Atlantica’, wouldn’t it be nice if we were a REAL country and Nova Scotia invested with New Brunswick in energy so Canadians could stop contributing to the human rights abuses in South America, and being the worst polluters thanks to coal.

    Why this seems to be drafted by Irving is because of the below, taken from the document:

    New Brunswick would be responsible for the following:
    1. R & D in Oil & Gas:
    A) Refining (Methods/technology to improve and make oil & gas products more safe, clean, cheaper, and efficient.)
    B) Refinery development Methods/technology to improve and make refineries run more safe, clean, cheaper, and efficient.).
    C) Refinery construction (Methods/technology to improve and
    make refinery building more safe, cheaper, and efficient.
    D) Distribution (Methods/technology to improve and make distribution, including construction more safe, clean, cheaper, and efficient such as pipelines, docks, and tankers.)

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    2. University/college training for:
    A) Oil & Gas refinery construction and safety.
    B) Oil & Gas refinery operations and safety.
    C) Oil & Gas distribution construction and safety.
    D) Oil & Gas distribution operation and safety.

    3. Manufacturing, transportation, and support of refining, refinery,
    distribution, and safety products developed in-house.

    4. Outsourcing services for Oil & Gas companies for:
    A) Professional development in refinery construction and safety.
    B) Professional development in refinery operations and safety.
    C) Professional development in distribution construction and
    safety.
    D) Professional development in distribution operation and safety.
    E) R & D in refining, refinery, and distribution.
    F) Manufacturing, transportation, and support of refining, refinery, and distribution products.

    5. Coordinating Government, Educational, and Industry partnerships in the above five areas.