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Are you a peacock or an ostrich? The thorny world of community rankings

For those of you that may have missed it the annual ranking of best places to live in Canada came out recently.   This type of ranking is-  to say the least – controversial but is it relevant? It seems to … Continue reading

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The difference between federal, provincial and local economic development: A primer

If a national government wants to grow and strengthen its economy, it would like to foster: -More international exports (or import substitution where beneficial) -More capital investment -More international tourists -National population growth -Innovation and productivity gains If a provincial … Continue reading

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NB ICT industry resurgence?

For those of you following this blog you will recall my concern over the state of the ICT industry recently.  Its GDP contribution dipped from $921 million (real GDP) in 2011 to $852 million in 2015.  In fact, in real … Continue reading

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Fredericton’s engineering cluster: At a fork in the road

There are basically two possible trajectories when a national or international firm buys a local one.  They either grow it or they let it whither away until they eventually close it.  I have seen this pattern play out many times … Continue reading

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The puzzling focus on expanding the number of Atl. Canada exporters

I’m a big fan of the Atlantic Provinces working together to address challenges we have in common and pursue opportunities where there is alignment of interests.  The idea of the Atlantic Growth Strategy is a good one – therefore – … Continue reading

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Video killed the radio star, Twitter killed the blogger, Twitter killed Twitter… How about LinkedIn?

David Jonah convinced me to start blogging back in 2004.  Since then I have written 3,463 posts.  Likely most of it is crap – with a few nuggets of value along the way. It’s interesting to see how things have … Continue reading

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Can small North American jurisdictions grow without a significant mining/oil and gas sector?

One of the main concerns I have had over the years is whether or not a small jurisdiction in North America can grow its economy in a sustained way without a large boost in mining/oil and gas development.  The experience … Continue reading

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Calling Malcolm Gladwell: Walk amongst the elephants in the Atlantic Canada room

I listened recently to a podcast of a lecture given by Malcolm Gladwell where he mentioned that some people say he is the master of “dumb, obvious points”.  He then went on to discuss a dumb, obvious point about something.  I … Continue reading

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New Brunswick at Canada’s 150th – what will 200 look like?

I am increasingly of the view that New Brunswick and its communities actually spend too much time on introspection. A little introspection – time on the couch – is good. Too much leads to paralysis. But on a momentous birthday, … Continue reading

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Distracted by a lack of older NBers learning French? This is a bigger problem:

I  am somewhat wary of dipping toe into any conversation about bilingualism in New Brunswick because, well, just because.  I am sure that a lot of readers are nodding their heads in agreement. Anyway instead of worrying about why more English … Continue reading

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