Monthly Archives: February 2010

An interesting example

I listen each week to New Books in History – a really interesting podcast that someone on this blog alerted me to a while ago.  This week’s podcast is an interview with an historian from Nippising University in Ontario about … Continue reading

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Metal bashing revival

CP is reporting that Daewoo is looking to take over TrentonWorks and the Nova Scotia government just gave a $20 million loan to the Halifax Shipyard to help it expand.    Both of these projects (the first one has not been … Continue reading

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Where’s Sheila?

I liked Sheila Copps in an Elizabethian Weir kind of way.  The kind where you disagree with them on most ideas and policies but like them as persons and as political figures.   Some people are just likeable – both Copps … Continue reading

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As goes the downtown….

There seems to be a growing number of vacant buildings in downtown Moncton.  I walk from home to the downtown for meetings a few times a week and it is becoming quite noticable.  I read that Downtown Moncton Inc. is … Continue reading

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Productivity? Yes – but make wise investments

Sometimes I chafe at simplistic summaries of real issues but as a columnist I realize it’s hard to fully make the case for anything in 600 words.  But his underlying point that New Brunswick companies need to get a whole … Continue reading

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What’s the value prop?

I see that the State of Maine is running tourism ads on Canadeast.com.  What I don’t understand is the words and pictures look exactly like New Brunswick.  Why would people want to go to Maine to cross country ski, walk … Continue reading

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Helps or hurts?

I can see both sides of releasing the CENB report suggesting that the provincial government spends more money on the south than the north in this province. But as someone who has staunchly fought for a new, serious and credible … Continue reading

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Ashton Kutcher and economic development

Hollywood actor and Web-savvy activist Ashton Kutcher says he will “crowd source” questions about the Kremlin’s push to develop a Russian Silicon Valley to his 4.5 million Twitter fans. The actor is part of a U.S. delegation of technology and social … Continue reading

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Crowding out substantative policy discussion

Peter Lindfield made a really good point in his column this week in the TJ where he talked about the fact that the NB Power debate was essentially crowding out debate on a wider range of very important public policy … Continue reading

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When historians become economists

I don’t like to step too far out of my comfort zone in terms of subject matter expertise. This historian in the Globe & Mail today I think steps outside his area of expertise.  He is making the case for … Continue reading

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