Monthly Archives: May 2013

Seeking private-sector led regional cooperation

I read the new 4Front report and I fully support their goals and the rising interest in working together.  I just worry the whole thing will devolve -as have so man others – into a laundry list of things for … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Turning NIBMYs into YIMBYs

We have talked a lot in recent years about the rising trend of NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) across New Brunswick. Combine our aging population with a rising cynicism of government and a social media environment where ideas (good … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney and the Startup Visa

Jason Kenney has been in Silicon Valley peddling the new Start-up Visa.   He tweeted at least a couple of dozen times about it including this picture in front of a new ‘cheeky’ billboard. The issue for New Brunswick and the … Continue reading

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Using government business as a carrot for something bigger?

This is an age old issue and one that stirs up debate on all sides.  The government spends a lot of money on suppliers.  Even in a place like New Brunswick, the amount spent on all suppliers from all levels … Continue reading

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The importance of anchor employers

Believe it or not this is actually one of my more controversial views.  I think it is important for communities large and small to have a few large, anchor employers – respecting the fact that ‘large’ is a moving target. … Continue reading

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More on Saint John’s leaky immigration hypothesis

I’ll pre-empt some emails and calls by further explaining my data for the column in the TJ today.  In it, I raise the issue of the discrepancy between the estimated annual new immigrant numbers to the Saint John CMA compared … Continue reading

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The EI dance in the dark

Victor Boudreau is one of my favorite politicians but his comments in the paper reflect the challenge we face when trying to have a substantive debate on EI.   He says: “No amount of training will change the fact we have … Continue reading

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The Jerkstore called. Do we need a few more?

I read a lot of biographies.  In the last six months I have read biographies of CS Lewis, Calvin Coolidge, Catherine the Great, Genghis Khan, Thomas Jefferson, Rasputin, Glenn Gould, Lyndon Johnson, ExxonMobil, Winston Churchill and a book that was essentially … Continue reading

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Do we need more jerks?

I hope you get a chance to read my column today in the TJ.  I will post it hear sometime next week.  It’s a bit clunky and the argument is thin but the kernel of the idea is one worth … Continue reading

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