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.

Federal government making up fiscal rules on the fly

Appeared in Calgary's Business, January 5, 2020By Alex Whalen and Jake Fuss 170923-D-DB155-040 Last month, before the holidays, the Trudeau government released its fall economic update, which revealed—among other issues—that Canada’s federal debt-to-GDP ratio increased, meaning Canada’s debt has grown faster than the economy. This is particularly important because the government chose the debt-to-GDP ratio to guide federal fiscal policy ...
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Nova Scotia’s health-care wait times among longest in Canada

Appeared in the Chronicle Herald, December 24, 2019By Bacchus Barua and Alex Whalen Nova Scotians are worried about health care—and rightly so, as the province’s wait times are among the longest in the country. According to a new study from the Fraser Institute, patients in Nova Scotia in 2019 waited 33.3 weeks, from referral by a family doctor to treatment ...
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New Brunswick’s high level of education spending produces relatively poor student performance

Appeared in the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, December 22, 2019By Tegan Hill and Alex Whalen Policymakers in New Brunswick too often take the mistaken view that more spending on education means better results. In reality, the province spends well above the national average on a per-student basis, but performs relatively poorly on student tests. Simply put, we should worry less about ...
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Vaping and Teen Health: How Kids Got Hooked and Schools Got Caught Off-Guard

By Paul W. Bennett (AIMS Education Fellow) A New Brunswick principal, Brad Sturgeon of Fredericton’s Leo Hayes High School, has broken the silence and rung the alarm bell over the rapid spread of vaping among students – before, after and even (surreptitiously) during class. Today’s high schoolers, right across Canada, can now be spotted, almost anywhere, puffing on e-cigarettes easily ...
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To keto or not to keto?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Are you on the ketogenic diet? Apparently, many people are, or have tried it in the last year or so. It is possibly the most popular dietary trend in North America right now. Over the last 12 months, the word “keto” was the most googled food-related topic in the world, not just in Canada ...
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Finding Your Personal Health Information

By Dr. David Zitner (AIMS Senior Health Policy Fellow) Most businesses encourage clients to electronically access their own information because consumers value the efficiency and convenience of electronic access. Unfortunately, the Nova Scotia Department of Health (DOH) has a different idea. They have been a successful barrier preventing most Nova Scotians from retrieving and using their own health information. Few ...
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/ / Healthcare, Nova Scotia, Op-ed