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New Brunswick needs more charity

Charity may begin at home but it certainly doesn’t end there. The latest Statistics Canada data on charitable donations is concerning. I have to start by saying religious institutions account for the bulk of charitable donations in Canada and the … Continue reading

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Should Toronto be worried about retention?

The conversation about ‘retention’ – whether referring to immigrants or those born in Canada – is virtually the first thing that comes up when trying to have a conversation about efforts to expand the number of people in the New … Continue reading

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The early 70s economic boomlet in New Brunswick

The early to mid 1970s might have been know for social, economic and geopolitical upheaval around the world as well as bell bottoms, wide ties and Watergate but there seems to have been something interesting going on in New Brunswick. … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s population conundrum in six charts

The following is a summary of New Brunswick’s population conundrum in six charts. New Brunswick’s population increased for the most part every year between 1926 and the 1990s.  Lots of young people = lots of young families = lots of … Continue reading

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Avoiding the binary decision trap in public policy development

A few days ago I was reading a screed about the evils of the forestry industry.  To the writer cutting down trees was immoral, wiping out animal habitat forever and for what?  Greed and avarice.  The symbolism was stark.  How … Continue reading

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Why can’t New Brunswick benefit from the ‘a-marketing’ sector?

When I was a kid my parents used to read me a nursery rhyme that included the phrase “went a-marketing” which I took to mean go buy stuff at a store.  The term has evolved over the decades to mean … Continue reading

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Economic development: Deeper truths

Sunday morning sermons can be a little bit frustrating for people who actually pay attention.   You will hear a steady stream of counter-intuitive axioms such as “the first shall be last”, “to live you first have to die”, “to be … Continue reading

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Want a strong economy? Don’t mess with the Serengeti Plain

There has been a few stories in the media recently about business closures in New Brunswick.  Does it portend doom?  Is the economy about to collapse? Relax.  Within two years of starting, 11.4% of all businesses across Canada go out … Continue reading

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Insuring New Brunswick’s economic development

Statistics Canada surveys businesses to assess employment levels.  Guess the fastest growing industry in New Brunswick in the past five years?  No, you cynic, it is not funeral services business.  In fact for some reason employment in the funeral services … Continue reading

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Out of gas: Sable R.I.P.

A little over 20 years ago I was asked to a meeting at Moncton City Hall where Bud Bird and the gang at Gas NB were going to present on the exciting new opportunity that natural gas would present for … Continue reading

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