Monthly Archives: December 2012

Words matter: Learning from shale gas

You have probably noticed all the interest in shale gas and related developments in British Columbia.  There was concern over a state-owned Malaysian firm offering billions of dollars to buy into a northern BC shale play.  Now Chevron wants in … Continue reading

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Imagine New Brunswick as the Learning Province

Two years ago the NB2026 Roundtable identified literacy, education and training – under the rubric of learning – as one of the principal roadblocks to New Brunswick’s development and prosperity and set out to do something about it. A two … Continue reading

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Now you are cooking with gas

Long before New Brunswickers were using natural gas in their homes (at least this time around – gas was used 100 years ago in Moncton) my father used to intone “now you are cooking with gas” when someone was getting … Continue reading

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The charming community of Clare, NS

I have the opportunity to work with Clare on a new economic development effort.  It’s a very interesting community – a number of vibrant industries and a dynamic cultural and linguistic context.  But it is suffering from the challenges facing … Continue reading

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Shale gas – keeping the NIMBYs happy

A good article in The Economist this week discusses the development of shale gas in Britain.   There are a few points that are worth summarizing: The Chancellor is looking at tax incentives to woo shale gas firms to Britain because … Continue reading

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Consequential leadership in inconsequential times

As I have written in the past, I don’t believe we are currently living in overly consequential times. We are not facing the massive economic upheaval of the 1930s nor are we facing world wars or massive poverty. In truth … Continue reading

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Fostering health care start-ups

I think it is safe to say New Brunswick’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector is more entrepreneurial than most other sectors of the economy. Young entrepreneurs finding innovative ways to tease out better business intelligence from social networks or … Continue reading

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NY Times and corporate welfare

It must be fun to be an editor at the NY Times.   Obama’s auto bailout was a grand, principled effort that saved an industry.  State and local handouts to the auto industry is the terrible corporate welfare.  It is true … Continue reading

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Serving exotic markets: A slippery business?

There is an excellent article in The Economist this week about Maine and the rapid increase in the export of baby eels – earning as much as $5,700/kilo.   Think about that the next time you are haggling about 50 cents … Continue reading

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