Monthly Archives: April 2009

Broadband itself is not an economic development driver

We have talked about this before but I found this blog on the subject particularly interesting.   The Washington Post article is particularly interesting.     I think that, like roads, many politicians believe that spending money to build a broadband telecom network … Continue reading

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Does NB need a GamePlan?

Prince Edward Island’s GamePlan, an economic development strategy targeted at the island’s gaming industry, is helping local game developers score big in the province. Launched by the PEI government, GamePlan offers a combination of tax and labour credits for businesses … Continue reading

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FatKat struggles

This bothers me and I will warn Anoymous upfront that smartalec remarks on this will be deleted.  This is way too important and impacts peoples’ lives.  I won’t allow this kind of crap on my blog. I don’t know what the … Continue reading

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CBC and the skew

I like CBC and most of the time for me the mix is right.  The old journalistic mix – set up the basic skeleton of the story, cover both sides and then wrap up.   Certainly on an issue such as … Continue reading

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Sense of Belonging

The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) includes a question that may be a bit off topic but it’s a good one nevertheless. The survey asks whether a person’s “Sense of belonging to local community is somewhat strong or very strong”.  … Continue reading

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Freddy Beach and Moncton make list of best places to live

Moncton and Fredericton are 6th and 7th on the list of top 10 places to live in Canada – according to Moneysense magazine.  No Atlantic Canadian cities make the best places to work.   Winnipeg is on both.  No Atlantic Canadian … Continue reading

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New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

I see the NBIF has a new President.  It’s funny how initial perceptions can shape your view of things on an ongoing basis.  Former Premier Bernard Lord said the NBIF was to be the ‘catalyst’ to achieve his goal of … Continue reading

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Animation nation

I had a great lunch this week with a guy who owns a small new media development firm. He confirmed that PEI is aggresively pursuing NB firms to set up on the Island. If we want animation development here we … Continue reading

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New Brunswick learning from Ireland: Part ad nauseum

We have talked on this blog alot about India and Ireland and the need to evolve the call centre industry into a more IT and technology-based economy – much like this commentary talks about here.  I guess we shouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Recession watching

When New Brunswick has 9-10% unemployment, population decline, a $1.7 billion annual government deficit (the Equalization payment), it’s yawn yawn, yadda, yadda.  In fact, New Brunswick governments actually were known to brag about that state. When Canada has  9-10% unemployment big … Continue reading

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