Monthly Archives: March 2014

Scrap NSBI for more co-operative enterprises?

On many occasions, I think the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives adds a lot of value to the debate in Canada but their recent proposal to scrap NSBI and put the money into expanding “co-operative enterprises across the province” is … Continue reading

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North Dakota and the good life

If  you recall the report the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer wrote about shale gas industry, you may remember among the grab bag of warnings was that shale gas would bring an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases to New Brunswick.   … Continue reading

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Do we need luggage or economic development?

I just listened to a podcast discussing some of the many challenges associated with Jeffrey Sachs’ millennium villages projects in Africa.  If I had time, I would discuss this in greater detail but I did want to key in on … Continue reading

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On the importance of dissenting views

In my day job, one of the services I offer is economic impact assessments for companies, industries and economic development organizations.  One of my clients is JD, Irving as well as the forestry industry more broadly as I am asked … Continue reading

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The Pictou/Michelin $25 million economic development paradox

Michelin is reducing its workforce in Pictou county by 500.  As a compensation, the firm is setting up a $2 million fund to support those – former employees or others – that want to start their own small business.  They … Continue reading

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ICYMI: The problem of linear thinking

From a recent TJ column: Newton’s first law of motion states that an object at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it. Similarly, an object in motion will not change its velocity without some kind … Continue reading

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Cisco’s $100M Toronto innovation centre

This is another thought experiment for you. If Cisco had announced a $100 million innovation centre to study the internet of things in New Brunswick would the headline be “Cisco boosts Fredericton’s tech credibility with $100-million innovation hub” or would … Continue reading

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What if New Brunswick was Ontario? A thought experiment

It remains an enduring mystery to me how resigned New Brunswickers can be when it comes to the economy.  There is a collective shrug among us when we see reams of bad economic data.  That’s just New Brunswick.  This resignation … Continue reading

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