Monthly Archives: January 2011

Don’t mess with the boomers

I suspect we will see this in increasinly frequency in the coming months and years.  This is from the Daily Gleaner today: Letters to the editor: I’m a baby boomer, but I am not a drain on society. This retiree … Continue reading

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Federal election speculation

Someone asked me what I thought about the federal election speculation and its potential impact on New Brunswick.  Who knows?  I guess if I was a betting man, I might put the odds of a federal election in 2011 at … Continue reading

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Graduate level education

I was in a meeting this week where a university leader lamented that fact that many of the best and brightest minds leave the New Brunswick university system to pursue graduate degrees and research opportunities because there are just not … Continue reading

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Benefits of the bus: Thoughts on partisans

Someone asked me this week what I thought about some of the government’s high profile appointments (and rumoured appointments).   I realize that Premier Alward said he would be ‘doing things differently’ just as former Premier Graham talked about ‘bringing in top … Continue reading

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MoneySense city’s list: GoodSense or BadSense?

I have been watching these rankings come out since the early 1990s and the response is always the same.  If a city, province, university, whatever ranks well – it gets wide citation and makes numerous Powerpoint slidedecks.  if not, the … Continue reading

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Learning from Robbie Burns

Malcolm Gladwell stirred up controversy last fall when he asserted “the revolution won’t be tweeted” postulating that the weak and limited commital networks of social media (confirming ‘I Like’ something for example) are not enough to bring real social change.  … Continue reading

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Is it time to put Ontario first?

I listen to The Agenda quite a bit on TVO – I find it an interesting window on the ideas swirling around in Canada’s most influential province.  Like clockwork, there is a show on how Ontario is aggrieved by the … Continue reading

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Thinking through education

I heard an interesting podcast as i was shovelling snow this morning on the relationship between post-secondary education and income potential.  The authors, a couple of economists, are convinced that the way to reignite the American economy is by driving … Continue reading

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Old and redundant blogger shares views on labour force survey

Well, folks the day has arrived.  After almost eight years of blogging about the monthly labour force survey and being one of the few to analyze the data in a slightly more than superficial way, I have been unseated by … Continue reading

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Getting industry associations/professional groups more involved

As with most ideas that seem a little far fetched, there are 10 naysayers to one keener – I met a keener yesterday talking about my column on legal outsourcing.  He is a non-practicing lawyer but said he has been … Continue reading

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