Monthly Archives: March 2018

Getting over the blues: The berry edition

We have been talking now for the last three years about the state of the blueberry industry in New Brunswick.  On the one hand it is a great success story of farmers, government and industry coming together – weaving in … Continue reading

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The Sisson Hindenburg?

A couple of years ago the CBC sent a young reporter to out Stanley to interview folks about the proposed Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine. I was bracing for the worst when she started her reportage but it turned out that most … Continue reading

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Calling all you zombies

At some point during the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I don’t remember exactly, Viggo goes into a dark and dreary forest and finds an army of cranky undead and enlists them to fight against the armies of Mordor.  As … Continue reading

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Will the NB economy keep on truckin’?

  Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know that I believe good economic development strategy is based on a strong understanding of your economy, its assets and attributes and on determining what is an … Continue reading

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Where do good ideas come from?

Walking around London and Paris these last few days I keep bumping into some of the biggest thinkers of the past 400 years or so.  We walked around Bloomsbury and I was reminded of Keynes and his Bloomsbury group.  We … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s Rodney Dangerfield problem

The 1980s comedian/actor Rodney Dangerfield used to say he “gets no respect”.  Sometimes I feel that way about New Brunswick.  When you eat at a restaurant in New York you order “Nova Scotia  salmon” even though Nova Scotia doesn’t actually … Continue reading

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Guaranteed minimum income: Permanent underclass or innovative way to share prosperity?

Niall Ferguson is one of the more interesting historians out there today.  He is a prolific writer and out there in a very public way espousing history as a tool to influence current public policy.  In the past few years … Continue reading

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