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.

The junky science of ‘nudge-onomics’ is just another excuse for more government meddling

By Patrick Luciani (AIMS Senior Fellow) Over the past two or three decades, behavioural economics has become the rage with swarms of newly minted PhDs running experiments showing how inconsistent and irrational we all are when it comes to retirement planning, consumer behaviour, taking care of our health or saving energy. This is a replay of the 1960s and ’70s ...
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Why can’t we handle the truth?

By John Risley (AIMS Chairman of the Board) As I write this piece, the fate of Brexit is still in doubt. The current Prime Minister feels compelled to drag her country out of the European Union because of a referendum vote which produced a narrow victory for the “leavers”. The economic consequences of Britain making this move range from being ...
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Food delivery apps user rate in Canada reached record level in May 2019, and likely expand after 2021

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The user rate for food delivery apps has reach a record level in May 2019. A recent survey conducted byAngus Reid Global, in partnership with the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, suggests that 29% of all Canadians have used a food delivery app at least once. Data was collected across Canada, from May ...
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The cascading impacts of school storm days 

By Dr. Paul W. Bennett (AIMS Author) Talk about the inordinate number of school snow days in the Maritimes never seems to go away. The current school year, it turned out, reflected the “new normal” in Nova Scotia with between five and 14 days lost to storm closures. Yet a fierce public debate continues to flare up, almost like clockwork, ...
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Markets, lower taxes the solution on healthcare queues

By Matthew Lau (AIMS Author) Without serious government course correction, Canada is headed for an ill-fated healthcare squeeze. The senior dependency ratio in Canada – which is the ratio of people 65 years and older relative to the working-age population (15 to 64 years old) – is projected to rise from 25 per cent today to around 40 per cent ...
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Is Canada’s food industry facing death by regulation?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Food industries need to be regulated. But the delicate balance between protecting the public and supporting industrial growth might have reached a tipping point in Canada. In the Western world, governments successfully play the anti-business card by implementing regulations so consumers believe someone is looking out for them. But governments are also flirting with ...
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