Monthly Archives: July 2012

Labour Market Bonanza! Stats Stats Stats

For those of you looking for data related to my column on labour market trends in the TJ today, ask and ye shall receive. The following tables show the trends for each of Canada’s provinces in multiple areas. If you … Continue reading

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Are professionals in New Brunswick slacking off?

I am reading that in the United States, the professional class and the wealthy are working far more hours per week than they did a couple of generations ago while the poorer classes are working considerably less hours.  I don’t … Continue reading

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The Maritimes are on the IT Capital Merry-Go-Round

The announcement that Salesforce.com is buying a Halifax firm is very interesting.  I encourage you to click on the link because the owners of that firm can’t be much older than their mid 20s.  $70 million richer today. I still … Continue reading

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One-and-a-half cheers for capitalism

I watched The Secret of My Success last night while on the treadmill and it’s  a pretty good movie if you can get beyond the David Foster anthems and cheezy hair styles of the 1980s – what were we thinking? … Continue reading

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The growth rate among retirees claiming pension income is in decline

One of the issues of concern to people like me is the lack of personal savings in New Brunswick and the potential impact on the economy in the years ahead. Like most provinces, historically many New Brunswickers could count on … Continue reading

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The Saskatchewan Miracle: Income Impacts

Recently a delegation from the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference was in New Brunswick and I got a chance to sit down with them to discuss economic, demographic and social trends in the province.   During that discussion, the delegate from … Continue reading

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Why Entrepreneurs Matter – for the Middle School Audience

Hello, Guinea Pigs.  I have prepared another presentation – this one on the importance of entrepreneurs.  As you may have noticed I am toying with other ways to show/display important economic development concepts.  I am not graphically inclined so this stuff is … Continue reading

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Jobs still matter. It’s incredible I have to even say it.

A new Nova Scotia study finds the government focus on job creation has hurt the province’s productivity.    It is interesting when studies are needed to confirm the obvious. But I think we have to be really careful when having … Continue reading

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