Monthly Archives: December 2009

A decade in review: population

I am going to try and do a little decade in review over the next few days and posts.   A lot of the 2009 data will not be out until well into 2010 but I’ll use the most recent data … Continue reading

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Who is John Galt?

Just back from a two week vacation that involved Orlando, Savannah, Virginia and Hartford.  Lot’s of kms on the minvan. I saw this billboard on the way to Florida.  I think there were several but I am not totally sure … Continue reading

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On population growth, maybe

It’s fun to watch the Population Secretariat report on the quarterly population numbers and talk about getting closer to that goal of a 6,000 person increase by the end of this year. According to the CBC report, they are close … Continue reading

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On Tourism and Good Paying Jobs

Further to my column this morning, a couple of charts worth considering.  I do not support a significant increase in government focus on tourism.   Again, I reiterate that there is a role for government to play in coordination and support … Continue reading

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Tourism can’t be an economic anchor

My visit to Disney World has convinced me more than ever that tourism cannot be an economic anchor. The wage levels are just too low.  My column on this subjec this morning in the TJ.

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Household spending data for 2008 is out

The average household expenditure data is out for 2008.  The summary categories are found here.  This does not mean New Brunswick has a low cost of living – per se – this means we have lower average household income which … Continue reading

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Iceland, data centres and inflation

We have talked about data centres in Ireland before but someone sent me this and I thought it was worth sharing. Verne Global is a wholesale data center developer based in Keflavik, Iceland, and Washington, D.C. The company is a … Continue reading

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Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Why can’t there be a win-win in the NB Power/HQ deal?  If you look at the broad strokes of the deal it can be a win win.  We get cheaper, cleaner power and HQ gets a good market for its … Continue reading

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Homework

Someone told me today that something like 40% of Moncton’s call centres are now using home agents to augment their workforce.  I have heard about a number of other companies that are now using workers from around the province.  Lexitech … Continue reading

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An Innovation Agenda: Redux

You will be happy to know that my little spammer friend has found a way to bypass my IP blocker and he is sending me 10 posts a day.  I guess he has an innovative streak.  Ocassionally he posts interesting … Continue reading

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