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Immigration: A fact-based conversation

After we presented the new immigration strategy to Moncton Council earlier this week I received several messages and emails from folks around the region and beyond.  Their questions revolved basically around three issues: 1) Why do we need more immigrants … Continue reading

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A chance to see Daniel Isenberg’s vision of a scale up world

In 2012 I took a course at Harvard University called Innovation and Economic Development.  A professor from Babson College named Daniel Isenberg came in and did a talk on what he was calling “scale-ups”.  He ended up found a bit of … Continue reading

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How do you say “lost opportunity” in French?

If you were to ask other Canadians what were the defining characteristics of New Brunswick they would probably say things like maple syrup, salmon, lots of trees, maybe lobsters.  One of the most unique attributes of New Brunswick, however – … Continue reading

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Efforts to address climate change have an Asbestos problem

The negative health effects arising from asbestos started to become known in the 1920s.  By the 1970s the dangers were widely known and its use was phased out – it was banned just about everywhere by the 1990s. And yet, … Continue reading

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Who’s your city? Growing older or younger?

For my presentation to EDAC next week I put together a few slides on the state of urban centres in Canada.  There are 150 or so across the country so it can be a little hard to distill the data … Continue reading

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Watch out, the Christians are coming!

Someone told me today that a People’s Party of Canada candidate in New Brunswick is talking about  Radical Islam overrunning our nation. I was on a consulting team that surveyed places of worship in Greater Moncton a few months ago. … Continue reading

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Trudeau’s million new jobs? Thank immigrants for that.

There have been over a million net new jobs created since the Liberals came to power. But the Tweets and advertisements do not tell the whole story.  Only 20% of that employment growth was from people born in Canada.  The rest … Continue reading

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Develop Nova Scotia: A good place to start

I wasn’t familiar with Develop Nova Scotia until recently and I still only know what I see on the website.  Its mandate is “To lead sustainable development of high potential property and infrastructure to drive inclusive economic growth in Nova … Continue reading

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Are waves of people leaving New Brunswick for greener pastures?

A lot of people ask me if we are losing even more young people to outward migration now than in the past or has the reduction in the unemployment rate led to more staying here?  I also hear that “immigrants … Continue reading

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Don’t fear New Brunswick’s version of the Travelling Wilburys

I had to chuckle.  I got several emails from folks concerned about the new company set up by Shawn Graham, Norm Betts, Donald Arsenault and Andrew Dawson that will work to attract companies to set up in New Brunswick.  Dawson … Continue reading

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