Monthly Archives: December 2013

Droning on about economic development

There is an excellent article in the Economist this week in the rise of unmanned drones for civilian use.   I was particularly interested to read that many U.S. cities are trying to convince the FAA to make them one  of … Continue reading

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Will the Internet kill the customer contact centre rep in New Brunswick?

The old song warned that “video killed the radio star”.  While it may have looked like that might happen at the time – when MTV, et. al. roared on the scene – the death of radio was greatly exaggerated.  In … Continue reading

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Communities need to think well ahead to head off plant closures

From a recent column I wrote in the TJ.  This is an issue I think needs far more discussion.  I recently had a long talk with a person involved in economic development in southern Ontario who was ranting and raving … Continue reading

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Opportunity 2000: 2014 edition

I just watched the video that was prepared for the Opportunity 2000 conference that was held in Moncton – I think it was in 1989 – 25 years ago.   The music, clothes, cars, etc. in that video look ancient but … Continue reading

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More failures, please

You want to know one of the  main reasons why the Maritimes economy has underperformed the rest of Canada.  Read this article.  Rarely in the history of man has anyone gotten the cause and effect relationship so twisted around. A Halifax … Continue reading

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Seeking a $4.1 billion GDP boost in New Brunswick

Dominic Cardy would scrap the Department of Economic Development and put the money into ‘small business’.  Brian Gallant is planning to make New Brunswick the Smart Province.  Premier Alward is chipping away. What we need to know is the strategy … Continue reading

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Muckraking ain’t what it used to be

It is kind of interesting to see the little rift within the journalism community over shale gas development.   The Philip Lee / Halifax Media Co-op dust up is a good example. I wrote a bit about this a while ago … Continue reading

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