Monthly Archives: July 2011

The only effective source of innovation is pissed off people

I picked up Tom Peters 2010 book “The Little Big Things” yesterday in Fredericton.  We are all products of our environment and history and I was a huge devotee of Tom Peters back in the 1980s and have bought most … Continue reading

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The power of collaboration

I have been thinking a lot lately about how jurisdictions proactively foster new growth sectors in an economy.  New Brunswick, right now, doesn’t have a lot of sectors that have obvious growth potential.  We put a lot of faith in … Continue reading

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Deconstructing an ‘incentive’ deal in NY

At first glance it looks like the New York government gave up a pile of cash to get 108 Norampac jobs but how much did this deal actually ‘cost’ New York? The company got $60 million in brownfield tax credits, … Continue reading

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Another rough month on the jobs front

Another rough month for employment in New Brunswick.  Total employment is down almost 2,000 month over month.  Full time employment is down by 9,400 from June 2010 to June 2011.  That is a big drop.  Canada as a whole added … Continue reading

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Daycare nation: Liberals and the cynical politics of shale gas

Politics in New Brunswick sometimes feels like a daycare.   I said here last week the Liberal party would likely call for a moratorium on shale gas drilling just because…. Does everything have to be politicized?   I remember when … Continue reading

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