Monthly Archives: September 2007

Drivers of economic growth

Those of you mulling over the university thing, you may want to take a look at this. A top site selection firm looked at the economic drivers for growth cities in the United States. Having a major university was the … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Blueprint for Atlantic Advance?

It is very hard to find good narrative on the economic development history of the Maritimes. Donald Savoie’s recent book was very interesting and should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of economic development in the region. … Continue reading

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Evaluating federal government economic dev. priorities

It would be nice if the federal government would come out and list the sectors that it will be dumping serious cash into over the next few years (as the ex-CTF man shouts “Don’t tase me, bro!”). But unfortunately, they … Continue reading

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Goldilocks as talk radio junkie

I think I have mentioned before that I try and carve out some time during the week to listen to some talk radio. Some of the work I do for a living involves monotony and allows for a little background … Continue reading

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McKenna coming back?

A person responding to a previous blog suggested that Frank McKenna might be angling for the post Stephane Dion job as head of the federal Liberals. It is certainly true that he and his handlers are keeping his name in … Continue reading

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What’s the word?

I’m looking for the word. Is it hubris? No. Not quite. Arrogance? No. Not really. Audacity, brass, cheek, chutzpah, cockiness, conceitedness, contemptuousness, disdain, insolence, loftiness, nerve, ostentation, overbearance, pomposity, pompousness, presumption, pretension, pretentiousness, self-importance, vanity? Not quite. Frank McKenna makes … Continue reading

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Sliding willingly into the 7th level of hell

Stephen Harper has appointed Stephen Richardson as the Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. Richardson is currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Now, is it just me or do you agree that ADM at the Department … Continue reading

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Solved the EI problem?

I got an email from someone saying “at least we should be thankful we solved the Employment Insurance problem”. I assume he was refering to the lower unemployment rate. So, I figure this may be a good time to remind … Continue reading

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What are you selling, anyway?

After a few days of polytechnic discussions, I decided to get back to a subject that I know – economic development – and particularly the marketing of communities/provinces. A colleague and I used to have a good laugh at the … Continue reading

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Teach me, teacher

Okay, I just read the press release from the Canadian Association of University Teachers urging the NB government to reject the post secondary task force recommendations. “No other province in Canada has downgraded a university into a polytechnic – it … Continue reading

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