Monthly Archives: February 2018

Attracting and retaining international students. Two thumbs up!

Liberally applying Bryan Adams’ lyrics inappropriately, I have been writing about the importance of international students ’til my fingers bled.   I was glad to hear the feds are now taking this seriously in Atlantic Canada.  There is so much to like … Continue reading

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The myth of the full time worker

If most of us were asked to describe what ‘work’ looks like I suspect we would talk about getting up in the morning, going off to work – maybe fighting rush hour traffic, putting in eight hours and then going home. The … Continue reading

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It’s time to end the EI fiction

There’s a story on the CBC website this morning about the plight of workers on EI that work seasonally at Kings Landing.  It’s unfair, they say, because they get fewer weeks of EI than their counterparts in the Village historique … Continue reading

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The disappearing wage gap between NB and Ontario

Someone asked me about the wage gap between New Brunswick and Ontario after reading my column this week.  Happy to accommodate. If you go back to the 1950s, depending on the measure you use the wage ‘gap’ between New Brunswick … Continue reading

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Are we fostering ‘fake’ startups? Separating fact from hyperbole

Diane Francis loves to stir the pot. Her column, Grants to ‘fake startups’ won’t build Silicon Valley North. They will only spawn Bombardier-like boondoggles, got a lot of blood boiling – particularly in Atl. Canada for whom she lobbed some … Continue reading

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Engineering economic development: Who’s got the power?

I see that Quebec City-based Englobe Corp. has bought Crandall Engineering following a trend of national and international firms scooping up New Brunswick-based engineering firms (ADI, etc.).    It might just be me but it seems that an increasing number … Continue reading

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Competition is good, comrades!

I’m watching Comrade Detective on Amazon Prime Video while on the treadmill these days.  It’s a fascinating thing to behold.  The show is a Romanian detective show from the 1980s that is completely laced with socialist propaganda.   All dialogue and sets/scenery … Continue reading

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