Monthly Archives: November 2019

Can you imagine? In the near future boats could be made from wood!

There is a great article in the Economist this week about giant 3D printers.  In Maine researchers printed a fishing boat in 72 hours. But what was really interesting is that they are looking in the future to print the … Continue reading

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Setting government targets? To paraphrase Meghan Trainor, its all about the base (line)

I received several calls and emails this week about Saskatchewan’s new 10-year growth plan.  In case you didn’t see it, as described by the CBC the growth plan “includes goals of increasing the population by 226,000 and creating 100,000 more … Continue reading

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The Brunswick Smelter closure: An absolute tragedy

The closure of the Brunswick Smelter announced today is a tragedy.  For those of you who say good riddance, don’t kid yourself.  The smelting will be done elsewhere – possibly in jurisdictions with less environmental standards than New Brunswick.  All … Continue reading

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Is New Brunswick’s IT trade deficit limiting GDP potential?

Herb Emery offers another insightful column today questioning why we haven’t seen much growth in ICT (information and communications technology) GDP despite all the hype.  He contrasts New Brunswick with Nova Scotia and PEI and doesn’t find a favourable trend. … Continue reading

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Sour Grapes: Did we miss an opportunity?

Canada’s Defence Minister, Harjit Sajjan, got this one right. On Saturday, Canada’s grumpy coach/commentator Don Cherry, lamented the lack of people wearing poppies and went on to make a snarky comment about immigrants. Of course this led to the now … Continue reading

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The reasons people leave their jobs: You might be surprised

In preparation for the big workforce summit next week I have been crunching a ton of labour force data.  If you haven’t registered for the summit, I think it is closed but you might try to find a way as … Continue reading

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NB government’s economic dashboard: A good first step

The New Brunswick government’s Economic Dashboard is nice – it covers a lot of interesting data points.  I hope it sticks.  The Lord government also published an economic scorecard that was supposed to be a report card on the economy … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘season’ in seasonal employment

I was chatting with a colleague recently about seasonal industries and the seasonal workforce in New Brunswick.  There are various data sources for this.  We can use the unadjusted Labour Force Survey data to compare the highest employment month to … Continue reading

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Exporting professional services: An important way to boost exports and economic growth

When most people think of exports, lobsters, French Fries and 2X4s come to mind.   But we can’t forget about services-based exports as they are becoming a much more important part of the export picture.  Services exports range from hotel accommodations … Continue reading

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Should we ease up a bit on the criticism of the JOI investment?

I was a bit taken aback by all the outrage over the New Brunswick government’s investment in JOI Scientific. The company was developing a green energy technology. Now I have no insight into the technology and no particular comment on … Continue reading

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