Monthly Archives: June 2010

On the latest population figures

I’ll have more to say about this in my TJ column tomorrow but I’ll summarize a few points this morning.   First, I think the new population statistics are encouraging so don’t get me wrong here.  The population had been firmly … Continue reading

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On long term vision and high paying jobs

This story in the TJ is one that everyone should read.  It’s a story about the Saint John municipal plan back in the 1970s and the forecast that the area was going to boom driving population growth to a quarter … Continue reading

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Don’t mess with the Zohans in the Centennial Building

The TJ has an editorial scolding the public servants for watching the World Cup and bringing down the provincial servers.  It’s kind of funny in the context of that Roger’s advertisment that runs all day reminding people they can watch … Continue reading

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Continued calibration of the idea of the entrepreneur

21 Inc. posted the link to an interesting story on its Facebook page.    It’s another attempt to classify different types of entrepreneurship.  The author suggests that there are four distinct types of entrepreneurial organizations; small businesses, scalable startups, large companies and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Gulf

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an envrionmental disaster of unprecedented scale.   It is causing massive hardship across the coast of at least four states. And the interesting thing is the polling data still shows significant support … Continue reading

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Existential change

A journalist covering the last Tory leadership process in New Brunswick told me that he sensed the party was not going through an existential review process.  The closeness and the way the last election was lost the Tory braintrust did … Continue reading

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Warning: Pet peeve ahead

I’m a pretty mellow guy but one thing that grinds my gears is when Ontario-based experts equate Northern Ontario and New Brunswick.  This includes Mr. Ignatieff who made the same off-handed point one time while in New Brunswick. New Brunswick … Continue reading

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Too small to fail

A couple of weeks ago I looked at a pile of data relating to Ontario’s economy and fiscal situation.    I have been listening to Commonwealth Club of California podcasts on the state of the California economy.  These places are facing … Continue reading

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We’re all in this together

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to travel around New Brunswick and talk to various groups about some of the challenges facing the province over the next few years and make the point that we … Continue reading

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On the importance of mini-urbans (not Mini-Austins)

I was asked to participate in a forum yesterday looking at the future of one of the important industries in New Brunswick.   The invitation asked the participants not to discuss the event publicly so I will respect that admonition. But I … Continue reading

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