Author Archives: David Campbell

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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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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The myth of the skilled immigrant (?) Leveling the playing field

The new Census figures on immigration out this week were not that surprising.  It confirms what we have been seeing – that New Brunswick’s urban centres are attracting more immigrants but having some trouble retaining them. The more interesting data … Continue reading

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