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.

Increasing Cost while Decreasing Care

By David Zitner (AIMS Senior Health Care Policy Fellow)  The latest missive from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), sent to some doctors but not to the community at large, acknowledges the responsibility of the Health Authority for the sad state of primary care. In an April Department of Family Practice Update we see a development that imposes a costly ...
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A measly $292.50 that could have changed it all

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Supreme Court ruling is a significant loss for consumers and our Canadian economy, but a great win for inertia. The Comeau case was never just about beer. It was essentially about enabling our domestic economy across the country to thrive. For the agrifood sector, the decision would have had tremendous significance. Gerard Comeau ...
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Official assurances on provincial budget are doubtful

By ED HOLLETT (AIMS Senior Research Fellow) The provincial government continues to predict that its annual budget will return to surplus by 2022.   There are reasons to doubt this forecast let alone avoid financial problems in the future. First, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador faces the same strategic financial problems it has faced for most of the past decade. It ...
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Divorcing Tim Hortons

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Leger and National released its annual report ranking Canada’s most admired companies. While some results were indeed surprising, others were not. Both Google and (Loblaw’s) Shoppers Drug Mart ended up at the top of their rankings as most respected companies, regardless of where the company resides. Google has been number one for six years ...
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Market principles offer solutions on teacher shortage

By MICHAEL ZWAAGSTRA (AIMS Research Fellow) Nova Scotia doesn’t have enough substitute teachers right now. In fact, the shortage is so severe that school boards are hiring people without teacher’s certificates to fill some substitute positions. In many cases, regular teachers are being forced to use their prep time to cover for their absent colleagues. To make things worse, there ...
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The plastic bag pollution paradox

By SYLVAINCHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) and TONY WALKER The Hamilton Spectator, 05 April 2018 An increasing number of people are voicing concerns about our use of plastics day-to-day. Single-use plastics of any kind — such as grocery bags, cutlery, straws, polystyrene and coffee cups — are significant yet preventable sources of land and marine pollution. In Canada, bans on plastics have ...
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