Monthly Archives: May 2007

Rekindling local agriculture

This is interesting. The 100 mile diet – eating only food grown within a 100 mile radius of home – as a way to help save the planet. The proponents of this diet cite a study in Iowa found that … Continue reading

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Comparison junkie

For those of you that like comparing Canada to other countries, fill your boots. There are literally hundreds of comparative statistics for the world’s countries. A sampling: Canada’s military expenditures as a % of GDP: 1.1% – 57% in the … Continue reading

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Same ol’ same ol’

I had a conversation a few years ago with a friend who is a strong Conservative. He was ‘disgusted’ after reading a report that showed Liberal Cabinet Ministers’ ridings were the recipients of considerably more ACOA funding than Conservative ones. … Continue reading

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The Bridge on the River Croix

One of my favourite movies of all time is The Bridge on the River Kwai. Every year or so I dust it off and try to see it again from a slightly different angle. However, I just can’t figure out … Continue reading

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Toronto – taking a page from Atl. Canada?

For several years now, a number of folks including me have been pushing to position Atlantic Canada as a ‘nearshore’ alterative to U.S. companies offshoring IT and back office services to India. The cost structure here is much higher than … Continue reading

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You know you have a PM from Alberta when….

Here’s a quote from a press release issued today by Industry Canada: “Canada’s New Government is charting a new direction, one that links the competitive energy of Canada’s entrepreneurs to the creative genius of our scientists,” the Prime Minister said. … Continue reading

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It’s friggin’ tough to be an entrepreneur

One of the reasons why I push for more large, global companies to be attracted to the Maritimes is that precious few of our local firms ever grow into large and exporting firms. A few do – ballyhoo – but … Continue reading

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An economic development plan for Newfoundland

Now before you criticize me remember that free advice is cheap. A recent study found that 80% of data centres in the US are going to expand. Another study I saw estimated at least 100 new large scale data centres … Continue reading

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Farming in New Brunswick

The farm Census was released yesterday. New Brunswick’s 8.5% drop in the number of farms from 2001 to 2006 was the third worst decline among the provinces in Canada. I don’t have time to dig deeper to assess the health … Continue reading

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T&T stays the course

You can always count on the Times & Transcript to take a one-sided and not-thought-out position on just about every issue. I guess that is the papers’ right but it doesn’t do much for the residents of this region. Take … Continue reading

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