Monthly Archives: October 2009

Stirring the pot

Maybe small biz week is not the best time to bring this up but… Still, running a small business can be challenging even in the best of times. Statistics Canada figures show that every year, roughly 150,000 new small businesses … Continue reading

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Playing the cataclysm card

Driving home yesterday I heard about Canada’s record home sales last quarter.  I have been reading in the New Brunswick paper for weeks about record low unemployment, population growth, strong home starts.  Yesterday we were told that all the growth … Continue reading

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FactCheck.Campbell

Just a note on the story in multiple newspapers this morning about the 6% rise in hourly earnings year over year.   I can’t find the source of this data.  Statistics Canada estimates released yesterday show the July 2009 data but … Continue reading

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Halifax- Global emerging outsourcing centre

….on this new list of 50 global outsourcing centres.    Toronto is the only other Canadian location on the list.  There are no US locations on the list.  I see that Halifax actually dropped this year from last but it is … Continue reading

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What can we learn from Chile?

I have been impressed with Chile ever since I first studied its aquaculture industry back in the early 1990s.  Someone sent me this article and I thought I would share it with you.  It’s about Chile’s efforts to attract high … Continue reading

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A value proposition example

Somebody sent me this story.  It is a good example of building a tailored value proposition to make yourself attractive to an industry. Iceland has been busying itself laying fibre optic cables to connect the country with North America and … Continue reading

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Our top export

It’s kind of funny how New Brunswickers keep showing up in the books I read.  In the last six months I have read books about Churchill, Mellon, Carnegie and T. Roosevelt and they all reference New Brunswick or New Brunswickers.   … Continue reading

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Figuring out the creative economy

To be honest with you this is exactly what I find frustrating about the ‘creative economy’.  There is very little pinning down real economic opportunities.  Here is a 100 page report on Canada’s Creative Corridor the prestigious Martin Prosperity Industry.  … Continue reading

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Good news but have some perspective, folks

New Brunswick’s unemployment rate dropped below the national average for the first time since 1976 last month.  A combination of 2,400 people leaving the workforce coupled with an increase of 2,900 jobs made for this 1.2 percentage point drop in … Continue reading

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Bernie playing the dispersed population card

It’s his job, of course, but it is quite fun to watch.  Former Premier turned telecom lobbyist on why we pay more than twice as much for cell phone charges: He says the federal fees firms pay to access the … Continue reading

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