Monthly Archives: July 2009

Fred Morley and immigrant networking

A few years ago I talked with Fred Morley about this.  He was concerned that new, professional immigrants were not integrating well into existing business and professional networks in Halifax.  He had this idea of setting up a program where … Continue reading

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Get to solutions

The Times and Transcript is running that editorial from the Fraser Institute that has been making the rounds arguing that the massive overuse of the employment insurance in New Brunswick is the reason why the EI programs should not be … Continue reading

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Cultural spending comparison

Statistics Canada is out with their annual government spending figures on culture.  Would it surprise you to konw that all three levels of government combined in New Brunswick spend less on culture than all but British Columbia?  The government spends … Continue reading

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There is a northern New Brunswick after all

For some of you southern NB folks, you may not be aware that there has never really been a defined area called ‘northern’ New Brunswick.  Sometimes Miramichi is in.  Edmundston has never really been in.  There has never been a … Continue reading

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Fidelity planning major expansion into Canada

There is no reason why this type of operation – at least the back office part – couldn’t be in New Brunswick. Fidelity Investments, the second-largest clearing broker in the United States, is planning a multi-million-dollar expansion into the clearing … Continue reading

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Google and energy

I don’t want to beat this one to death but on the heals of this editorial, I thought I would make explicit a key point (IMO). The government can’t lose millions from subsidizing electricity rates for Google to generate less … Continue reading

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Google and NB

Could Google be coming to NB?  That’s the speculation in this article.  Unless electricity rates are cheaper or we can do something creative like harness cold water from the Bay of Fundy to cool data centres, I don’t think Google … Continue reading

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Bulmer weighs in

Kevin Bulmer is probably one of the best economic developers in the Maritimes – at least from a strategic perspective.  He weighs in today on economic development in NB. If the politicians and business leaders in the province read and … Continue reading

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City of Moncton has new Manager

It`s been almost a year since Al Strang quit so I am glad this decision has been taken.  Jacques Dube has considerable economic development background so there shouldn’t be much education needed on that front.

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The wisdom (or lack thereof) of crowds

Sometimes I get a headache in this business.  Someone sent me the results of a resident survey in a community in the Maritime Provinces that recently lost a major employer (forest products).   The Council sent out a survey to ask … Continue reading

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