Monthly Archives: April 2010

Civilization and its discontents

I have been thinking about that new political party after reading the TJ article yesterday.  I know I have been banging on this drum a lot lately but it is a fundamental issue for me.  I need to get my … Continue reading

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Get out your chequebook

I get an email about this every year – I have never actually pulled the trigger and bought it but it would be an interesting read.  There are over 3,000 different subsidies.  For my American readers, don’t be too smug … Continue reading

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Oregon and the Happy Hippies

I am just about ending an interesting long weekend here in Oregon – I have a long overnight trek home to Moncton. We finished up last night with a Bruce Cockburn concert in a small hall with folding chairs in … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the road: Oregon

Here I sit in Portland, Oregon waiting to leave to climb Mount Hood.   This place looks a lot like New Brunswick.  Not particularly wealthy but lots of trees, a wood products industry, etc.  This is the only U.S. state I … Continue reading

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Manitoba study validates NB value prop

I talk this morning about the world’s largest axe in my column.  I also reference an interesting study done by the province of Manitoba that shows New Brunswick in a favourable light (mostly).  Beyond what I mention in the column … Continue reading

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Good news over at ACOA

The Hill Times is reporting on the latest Public Service Employee Survey which finds that ACOA is the highest rated place to work among federal government in Canada. Agency name Score (maximum 5) 1. Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 4.33 2. … Continue reading

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Who is the NBITC?

Anyone know anything about this organization?  It doesn’t have a website yet.  The LinkedIn profile is interesting.   I see the executive director has a commentary in the TJ today. I am becoming more sold on the benefit of these types … Continue reading

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Communications officers and a word on Maxime

It even has a militaristic feel to it.  Communications Officers – my favourite occupation in the provincial government.  Many moons ago I used to get calls from the Premiers Office (circa 1995) asking for good sounding statistical tidbits the Premier … Continue reading

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The CFIB vs.Government of Nova Scotia

I have expressed some frustration on these pages about the CFIB in the past but I have also praised the organization for doing such a good job of embedding the small business agenda within government (they aren’t the only voice … Continue reading

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The Ballet – Creating Content Here

I used to work with some folks who would use the term ‘opera’ as code for striptease club.  They would go away on business and see the ‘opera’.   As a wet-behind-the-ears youngun’ I didn’t catch on that the opera was … Continue reading

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