Statistics Canada didn’t release data from the Job Vacancy survey for Q2 and Q3 2020 during the height of the pandemic last year but the Q4 data showed a significant spike in job vacancies across New Brunswick. In other words…Continue Reading
Volunteering: The secret sauce for inclusive communities?
As of late last week, I am now the chair of the board of the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick, the backbone organization working with dozens of partner organizations to address social challenges in the region.…Continue Reading
Freddy Beach all growed up and now sitting at the big kids table
I meant to write about this before but it slipped my mind. For those of you that do not know, Fredericton is becoming a CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) as of the 2021 Census. This is kind of a big deal…Continue Reading
Bad rap: Musings on government directed culture
I’ve always had this nagging feeling that government should do more to promote a positive image of places like New Brunswick. It just seems so capricious to leave it to the media or even social media. In both of those…Continue Reading
When it comes to the costs of addressing our climate change commitments, give it to the people straight
I have concluded that politicians these days would rather gin up the benefits of a policy decision and ignore the costs, rather than tell it to people straight. When it comes to addressing our climate change commitments, people need to…Continue Reading
Don’t go home. Stick around and help build a stronger province.
My wife and I were headed out to Grande-Digue yesterday to take in Ballet-by-the-Ocean and impressive innovation during Covid-19 from the Atlantic Ballet of Canada. At a stop light my wife pointed out to me that on the driver’s door…Continue Reading
New Brunswick needs growth industries
We have been spending a lot of time in the past few years talking about how we boost the talent pipeline as a driver of economic development. We can’t forget, however; that we actually need growth industries if we want…Continue Reading
Where are the Mad Men (and Mad Women)?
On an annual basis I make my lament for the advertising and PR business in New Brunswick. Of course, I shouldn’t use the term mad men at all as 58% of all workers in the industry nation wide are women.…Continue Reading
The Greatest New Brunswicker (s)?
Someone asked me this week to name my top 10 most influential New Brunswickers since I started my career in the early 90s. A few of the obvious came to mind but really I think it depends on what you…Continue Reading
Grannies and grampies getting the Big Stamp?
One of the ideas I have been pushing in recent years to help alleviate the growing workforce shortage in New Brunswick is by encouraging older folks to stay in the workforce longer. On their terms – part time, summer, ad…Continue Reading