Monthly Archives: May 2010

Blog moderation blues

As anyone who has posted a comment here knows, I have to approve the comments.  I had to take this step a few years ago after certain anonymous commenters had introduced a level of lingustic nastiness that was unacceptable to … Continue reading

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Want to get engaged?

The former head of UNB gave a speech over the weekend where he called for dramatic change.  He thinks we need “new institutions” and that the “role of government needs to be retaught”.   I only met Dr. McLaughlin a couple of … Continue reading

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Aerospace on PEI

This is kind of interesting.  File it under taking sector development seriously (cluster development): Grade 11 students at Three Oaks, Kensington and Kinkora Regional high schools near Summerside, PEI will be able to register for the Aviation-Aerospace Academy Diploma program. … Continue reading

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28,076

From 1981 to 2008, this is the net loss of people aged 18-24.  Specifically it is the total number of net people in that age group that left the province over the 27 year period.  Assuming those folks earned the … Continue reading

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The export bandwagon deconstructed again

The TJ has a story this morning talking about NB’s robust forecast for exports over the next couple of years. I have no problem with the content of the story up to this point when the expert states: “New Brunswick … Continue reading

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A bilingual society

This is a good step. http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/edu/2010e0804ed.htm We talk about a bilingual society and then spend almost all our time and effort keeping French and English apart. Our schools, media, cultural instututions, and just about everything else is either English or … Continue reading

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NB in 2050

The subject of my column today in the TJ.   I find predictions of the future fascinating because they are almost never right.  I heard a guy over the weekend on a Big Ideas podcast saying that the UN population forecasts … Continue reading

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The changing tune

During the Hydro-Quebec debate, many of the opponents of the deal that I talked with were adamant that this was a deal cooked up just for the large industrial users and that NB Power should not be sold just to … Continue reading

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The elusive third way – complex math

Simple math for economists is a little harder to grasp for us mere mortals.  The TJ has a good story today on the need to bring the NB government a strong measure of fiscal discipline.  I don’t disagree one bit … Continue reading

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Riddle me this

We have a paradox on our hands. The Canadian Learning Index used by Macleans magazine to tell us what places are smart and dumb is saying New Brunswick has the lowest percentage of household with access to broadband. The NB … Continue reading

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