Monthly Archives: June 2014

Transforming New Brunswick one young leader at a time: The role of 21Inc.

From a recent column in the TJ: The 18th Century German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote “the destiny of any nation, at any given time, depends on the opinions of its young men”. A decade or … Continue reading

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The sources of community pride: Three recent examples

Many people will say they are proud of their community or province or country for very specific reasons but it is rare to see almost universal pride over anything.  One guy who watched Paul Henderson score in the 1972 Summit series … Continue reading

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Instanbul’s not Constantinople: Focused economic development is not industrial policy

People seem to confuse my thinking about economic development.  I get the charge that I am advocating ‘picking winners’ or old school ‘industrial policy’ that are ‘known to be a complete failure’, etc. Sometimes people see what they want to … Continue reading

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On population growth, fiscal stability and quality of life

I had an excellent conversation with a gentleman yesterday who was pretty vigorous in his view that I shouldn’t be talking about Saskatchewan – contrasting the economic situation out there to New Brunswick.  We need to get used to very … Continue reading

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Isn’t the word ‘go’ in the term ‘go slow?’

It’s interesting that the opponents of shale gas – the latest in Nova Scotia- have gravitated around this term ‘go slow’ to justify their opposition to the development of the industry.  When you read their comments carefully, however; what they … Continue reading

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Health data confirms Edmundstonians are the most honest people in New Brunswick.

I took a quick look at the 2013 health indicators recently and found some of them kind of interesting.   If you want oodles of statistics on regional health and determinants of health, you can use the NB Health Council data … Continue reading

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Seeking a more intelligent Fredericton-Ottawa partnership

From a recent TJ column: Last week, Statistics Canada published is latest data on federal government spending on science and technology. The numbers are pretty grim for New Brunswick. Across the province in 2012-2013, the federal government employed 409 people … Continue reading

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Greater Moncton – We’re OK

My attempt at a response to the tragic events in Moncton last week. From my TJ column: After the tragic events of this week, it’s worth remembering this isn’t the first time the City of Moncton has faced a crisis. … Continue reading

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Fredericton-based LuminUltra CEO short listed for national entrepreneur award

Since 1998 the Business Development Bank of Canada has been running its Young Entrepreneur Award contest every year to reward an ambitious Canadian entrepreneur aged 18 to 35. One finalist is chosen from each province and through a process of … Continue reading

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Lobsters, Jason Kenney and the future of the Maritime fishing economy

The lobster processors in the Maritimes are saying they are unable to handle the volume of work because of a lack of workers.   The feds are cracking down on temporary foreign workers – they are insisting that in high unemployment … Continue reading

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