Monthly Archives: May 2008

On the carbon tax

Warning: I don’t spend a lot of time thinking through issues of global warming and the best ways to mitigate it. However, I am curious about this whole carbon tax debate. A few years ago I had coffee with a … Continue reading

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Meaningful discussions

I should have probably found my way to this event in Toronto. I remember blogging about this group early on but the summit that was put on not only attracted some heavy hitters it also seems to have focused on … Continue reading

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Ponder the thought of discounted energy?

When I say it, eyes glaze over. When Scott McCain, president and chief operating officer of the Maple Leaf Foods Agribusiness Group, says it necks start getting sore from that quick snapping motion. From the TJ yesterday. Scott McCain: “My … Continue reading

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On community branding

I have reviewed a lot of community branding and marketing efforts in the past couple of years. I won’t single any out because I don’t want to annoy residents of those communities and because they may be clients (or may … Continue reading

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In defence of golf

You know I read a lot – occupational hazard I guess. I just finished up another report looking at the Irish Miracle (among others). A bunch of economists authored the report and it focused the grand macro-economic policies of Ireland … Continue reading

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Savoie’s new book

Donald Savoie has a new book out called: Court Government and the Collapse of Accountability in Canada and the United Kingdom. I just heard a discussion of the book based on this story in the Toronto Star. He argues that … Continue reading

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Back in the saddle again

The blog is back online. There are a few posts to catch up on. Shipley has an interesting story this morning on McKenna talking up Atl. Canada economic development. Citing interprovincial trade barriers, McKenna says: The former premier pointed out … Continue reading

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Using labour-sponsored funds to attract industry

I talked on occasion to labour-sponsored fund proponents that say the problem they have is finding investment-grade opportunities in Atlantic Canada. So, I say, go out and find ‘investment-grade’ opportunities in the wider world and attract them to here with … Continue reading

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Medical tourism going mainstream

I just listened to a documentary on this. By my count there are now about a dozen countries promoting themselves as a destination for medical tourism. It’s really not that crazy an idea. The Americans pay – by far – … Continue reading

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Coming back in droves

I just heard a report on the Rogers News station talking about the ‘droves’ of people moving back to New Brunswick. They quote Minister Keir as thrilled that New Brunswick has finally beat the out-migration curse. Hmmm. If you took … Continue reading

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