Monthly Archives: June 2008

It’s the Economy, Stupid Podcast (June 23 edition)

Here is the podcast for this week. I look at occupational wages, comment on Richard Florida, weigh in on the upcoming Tory leadership race and tell you where I am vacationing in early July.

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Comparing wages

Some of you prefer less pontificating and more hard data so here is some for you to chew on. It is a few occupational categories and the median earnings for full time, full year workers from the 2001 and 2006 … Continue reading

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Ontario’s efforts to promote itself abroad

Someone, I think it was Mikel, put me on to TVO’s The Agenda. This is a good podcast. I just listened to At home in a globalizing world: minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello on Ontario’s efforts to … Continue reading

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Floating your own trial balloon

I don’t blame the media but when you read about “sources” indicate that person x or person y is considering a run at the Tory leadership, it is likely the actual person him or herself. This is now standard fare … Continue reading

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Using technology to overcome the ‘place’ problem

Just finished Richard Florida’s book, Who’s Your City. When I saw the title, it sounded familiar to me. Early in the book Florida gushes over his appearance on the Stephen Colbert show. It just clicked that Who’s Your City is … Continue reading

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Don’t fall into the trap, Fowler

David Shipley in the TJ has a story entitled “Fearing for FatKat’s future” in which the company’s CEO says New Brunswick’s tax incentives are not competitive with other provinces. But there is another line in the piece that caught my … Continue reading

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Great taste, bitter aftertaste

I am almost done Richard Florida’s new book “Who’s Your City” and I have to say that it – like his last book – leaves me a little disappointed. I find he develops very interesting data but then makes giant … Continue reading

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Fatties of the world unite!

“I hope you got fatI hope you got really fat Cause if you got really really fatYou just might want to see me come backI hope you got fat”-Violent Femmes Maybe New Brunswick should become a haven for portly people. … Continue reading

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Get thee to India

Peter MacKay making the case for the Atl. Gateway in Toronto this week. Here is a quote from the article (in India): Indian business and political leaders were very receptive when he outlined “our vision for the Atlantic Gateway – … Continue reading

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A primer for statistics assessment

In support of the young reporters out there let me put on a small clinic. I refer to a story in the Daily Gleaner about the rise in new motor vehicle sales. Here’s the story: New motor-vehicle sales in New … Continue reading

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