AIMS OP-ED PIECES

As a trusted voice in public policy, AIMS authors regularly appear in newspapers throughout the region and the country, including the National Post, Troy Media, the Telegraph-Journal, The Telegram, the Chronicle Herald and the Charlottetown Guardian. The Institute’s op-ed pieces provide an evidence-based voice for the public conversation. See below an archive of these pieces.

Food Guide: The end of the milk doctrine?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Globe and Mail, 13 January 2019 It appears that the four food groups most Canadians know by heart are on their way out. Health Canada has announced it will finally release its long-awaited new Food Guide in the spring of this year. But the new guide will likely challenge many of our preconceptions about ...
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Romaine calm: We now have a recall, but…

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) So, we finally went from a slew of alerts on romaine lettuce to a series of clear-cut recalls affecting various produce items, including romaine lettuce and cauliflower. This is the worst time of year for Canadians as our economy is more vulnerable to outbreaks in imported produce. Chances are cauliflower will be very expensive ...
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There is no Compelling Conservative Case for Carbon Taxes

By Matthew Lau (AIMS Author) Troy Media, 16 December 2018 Last month, a pair of headlines questioned how conservatives could possibly oppose a carbon tax. One column, by political scientist Jim Farney, ran in the Calgary Herald under the headline: “Is there a conservative case against the carbon tax? Not really.” Then it was economist Christopher Ragan, whose column in ...
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Many positive effects in overturning the New Brunswick ban on hydraulic fracturing

By Matthew Lau (AIMS Author) and Marco Navarro-Génie (AIMS President) The new government in New Brunswick faces no shortage of challenges. One of the most important to address is the dearth of business investment in the region. According to data recently released by Statistics Canada, on a per capita basis in 2017, investment in non-residential structures, machinery, equipment, and intellectual ...
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Getting your veggie fix

BY Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Food Price Report 2019, recently released by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, suggests that vegetable prices will go up by as much as 6% next year. Unlike meat or fish, fewer alternatives exist when it comes to replacing vegetables. According to the report, El Nino will be to blame, since Canada ...
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Time to rethink the federal transfers system

By David MacKinnon (AIMS Senior Fellow) It is time for a fundamental course change by Atlantic Canadians respecting equalization and other regional subsidies.   Earlier this week I made a presentation to independent Senators in Ottawa on this subject, in which I advised them that Canada’s regional subsidies were ineffective.   We've had a half-century of remarkably large subsidies to ...
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