Monthly Archives: October 2012

Local economic development matters now more than ever

Just a quick follow up on my comments with Terry Seguin on CBC this morning.  I respect Minister Valcourt but his view of the Enterprise agencies seemed to be very unidimensional.  Maybe this is based on his experience with rural … Continue reading

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Lookin’ out for the little guy, the woman on the street

There was a comment recently about how a journalist interviewed LaPierre on his shale gas report and hammered him and then interviewed Dr. Cleary and treated her like Mother Theresa.  I can’t shed any insight into the approach or views … Continue reading

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No HST on anything in the store! (if you are a biz that is)

I just read an article in the Economist quoting the Facebook data centre guy citing the lack of a sales tax in Oregon as a main reason they set up a mega data centre there.    They swap out servers every … Continue reading

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Attracting Immigrant Start-Ups

I have never fully understood why many New Brunswickers are suspicious of people and companies that are not from here.   Maybe it’s because of our small size or because so many people leave to find opportunity elsewhere.  Maybe we just … Continue reading

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Avoiding a natural gas lockout in New Brunswick

As usual when I write anything about shale I’ll get a few emails/Tweets that are quite harsh.  In my opinion, it doesn’t add much to any debate to hurl insults. But I will respond to the person suggesting I rewatch … Continue reading

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Bring on the boomtown

If you were to list the industries that were the most critical to the unprecedented quality of life that humans enjoy around the world the two at the top would be agriculture and energy.  In fact, a massive amount of … Continue reading

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The young are much less likely to be self-employed in New Brunswick

The young are much less likely to be self-employed in New Brunswick than the old (ish).  We only have data on this from the 2006 Census (and next year from the 2011 Census) but you can see from the table … Continue reading

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Com’ on down to the energy farmers’ market!

I have been thinking a lot lately about energy – wind, solar, gas, oil, co-gen, etc.  and as I walked through the farmers market in Halifax I had a thought. The production of food and energy are 1) and 2) … Continue reading

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