Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Golden Girls helping to attract newcomers

The Miramichi New Conversations tour stop last night was very well attended.  I counted over a hundred folks in the room.  There was a lot of good discussion and testimonials and some frank, straight-talk express stuff about the challenges. After … Continue reading

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Leadership: Perspiration versus inspiration

I’m not exactly Dave Veale, but I do understand the importance of leadership to successful organizations.   As I see it there are leaders who are the hardest working people you will ever meet.  They are also usually smart.  They have … Continue reading

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Let’s have a fact-based conversation about property taxes

It would be kind of cool if we could use facts when debating public policy options in New Brunswick. I’m not a big fan of property taxes.  I pay something like $4,500 a year on my house and it is … Continue reading

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Putting down roots in a transient world

I have been thinking a lot lately about how we encourage people to put down roots in a specific geography even as societies are becoming more open.  One way is to encourage a kind of Trumpian nativism where people long … Continue reading

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The curious economic development example of Dorchester, NB

My go to book when I want a snapshot of what went on in New Brunswick in a specific year or during a particular administration is Richard Wilbur’s New Brunswick: An Annual Review, 1960-2006.  Unfortunately it only covers the period between 1960 … Continue reading

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