Monthly Archives: July 2010

Counterpoint to my view

It’s nice to know that someone is paying attention to my column in the TJ. It would be boring if everyone agreed with me all the time, wouldn’t it? I have met Dr. Moir on several occasions and find him … Continue reading

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One good benefit from exporting people

I see that a native New Brunswicker was primarily responsible for convincing Areva to take a long hard look at New Brunswick.  He made the case internally that NB should be a serious market for the French multinational firm.  Now … Continue reading

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The ghost in the machine – understanding employment figures

You probably know by now that New Brunswick’s employment performance has not been very good since the recovery started across Canada.  Over the last year, New Brunswick was the only province in Canada to register a decline in total employment … Continue reading

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Areva

I met one of the guys from Areva after the announcement last week.  We had a good discussion.  It seems logical enough to me.  Areva is a huge player with no deployed nuclear reactors in North America (I think this … Continue reading

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Stats Can’t-ada

Statistics Canada is changing its long-form census survey from a mandatory to a voluntary one. Apparently Minister Tony Clement made the decision.  It has angered a number of stakeholders that rely on this data. The long form was sent out to 20% … Continue reading

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Energy park idea – building the cluster

I read this morning that the French energy firm Areva is looking at getting involved in an energy park in the Saint John region.   This could include a second nuclear reactor and other investments creating lots of high paying jobs.  … Continue reading

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Waking the sleeping giant

I recently heard a podcast about this commentary in BusinessWeek by Intel CEO Andy Grove.    The Yanks can be a slow moving bunch but once they get the ship turned around, it can be a steamroller.    I am growing increasingly … Continue reading

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Obama gives $2 billion to solar firms

There are a few things that are interesting about this story.  First, it was crazy to think – now in retrospect – that Umoe Solar would be putting a plant like this in the Miramichi.  There is way too much … Continue reading

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Getting the economists engaged

This UNB prof is partially right.    He is right to warn about the debt load but I still think that a 2 percentage point rise in the HST would be better than re-raising personal income tax.  We can debate that … Continue reading

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‘Dis kapital

A series of conversations recently have convinced me that my messaging needs to be even more plain and to the point.   My aunt told me she reads my column every week and enjoys it but “can’t understand a word I … Continue reading

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