Monthly Archives: July 2014

New Brunswick’s IT hot tub time machine

There is an excellent article in The Economist this week about the sometimes counterintuitive effects of infrastructure investment.  The article cited areas in China where GDP declined when they were connected to excellent highway infrastructure.   If you think beyond one … Continue reading

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Planes, trains and automobiles: Which one of these is not like the others?

No sooner had the feds announced they were investing $58 million over two years to support ferry services between Saint John, NB, and Digby, NS; between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, NS; and between Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QC and Souris, PEI; than I … Continue reading

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Economic development agencies: At least a few shades of grey

One of the meta-trends I think has been rising in force over the past decade has been the push to ram stuff into ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or ‘good’ versus ‘evil’ categories – the rush to eliminate grey.  I see this … Continue reading

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Good news on the NB jobs front

Is the employment picture finally starting to improve in New Brunswick in a substantive way?  It could be but I think it is too early to tell.  As you will see in the first chart below, total employment in June … Continue reading

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Free traders need something to trade

Somebody took issue with my TJ column this morning indicating surprise that I’m against breaking down the barriers between interprovincial trade.  I asked them to read it again.  I specifically say I am not against free trade but I think … Continue reading

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Hello, my name is David, and I’m an intellectual orphan

There are a number of people that I admire – writers, pundits, professors, thinkers – folks that I take what they say very seriously.    I don’t always agree with them but I appreciate their world view and how they frame and … Continue reading

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