Monthly Archives: October 2014

Addressing NB’s economic challenges: The right messages to the right audiences

The best of the media tweeters, Jacques Poitras, recently tweeted comments of the new NB LG.   This is a good time to restate my view about targeting the right messages to the right audiences.  Because some people will read … Continue reading

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What do shale gas and blueberries have in common?

The Province of New Brunswick covers a land area of 71,377.18 square kilometres.  That works out to 17.63 million acres.  Each shale gas well takes up between one and three acres.  Using the high number of acres and assuming a … Continue reading

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Ten-year NB employment growth by sector. You might be surprised….

It is interesting to look at the employment trend by sector in New Brunswick over the past decade as it does put things into perspective.  On a seasonally adjusted basis, in September 2004 New Brunswick had 352,600 people working.  In … Continue reading

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NB and NS: We’re all in this together (employment stagnation)

The teeny bopper movie that was so popular a few years ago called High School Musical featured a catchy song called “We’re all in this together”.  This could be the theme song for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  The chart … Continue reading

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What the Mactaquac Dam says (or doesn’t say) about our view of the future

If you read the history of New Brunswick’s big electricity generation projects you will find they were meant to facilitate economic growth.  Going back to the 1920s, the main rationale given for big public investment in power projects was to … Continue reading

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Want to guess the fastest growing & biggest declining U.S. states & CDN provinces?

It may be a coincidence but it is an interesting one.  Statistics Canada has a chart showing the six fastest growing U.S. states and Canadian provinces and the six slowest growing (actually declining) by population. Other than Nunavut, the five … Continue reading

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New Brunswick: A brain for the world? Pearls of Wisdom from Dr. Dhirendra Shukla

From a recent TJ column: If someone asked me to name the most entrepreneurial university in Canada (the one most supportive of business startups), my first thought would be the University of Waterloo. However, at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards … Continue reading

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New Brunswick played crucial role in the founding of Confederation!

Ged Martin, the chair of Canadian studies at Edinburgh University in Scotland, was in New Brunswick this week to stir the pot. He told a packed house (maybe not that packed) that New Brunswick was the main reason why the … Continue reading

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