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.

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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Education schools should follow the evidence and drop the fads

By Michael Zwaagstra (AIMS Fellow) In 1933, the retiring president of Harvard University, Lawrence Lowell, famously stated that his university’s school of education was “a kitten that ought to be drowned.” Of course, university presidents wouldn’t talk like this today, but Lowell was far from the only scholar to hold education schools in such low repute--and for good reason. In ...
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Canada can only lose in a trade war with China

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Canola was first, and now peas and soybeans. It was highly predictable. And given how things have progressed over the last five months, the situation can only escalate. The Canadian government has pledged to help farmers affected by our epic spat with China. But other than offering cash or support to develop new markets ...
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Cape Breton and Fairness

By David MacKinnon (AIMS Senior Fellow) In recent months, a group named Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness has been arranging demonstrations, holding public meetings and making presentations to the public. Unfortunately, this group is advocating a path that is ill informed, unfair and divisive. The extent to which the group is ill informed is remarkable. The organization’s website indicates that ...
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Hey Google! Why is the food industry in trouble?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Your own voice will likely become food retailers’ and restaurants’ most significant focus over the next little while. Voice searches are increasingly becoming the norm. A recent study suggests that more than 20% of all online restaurant searches within Canada are now voice activated. To a lesser extent, grocery shopping is also done through ...
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Carbon tax will drive up grocery prices

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The carbon tax is now a reality for all Canadians — and that means food prices will be impacted. The federal carbon pricing scheme took effect in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on April 1. These provinces had previously chosen not to comply with the new federal law through their own initiatives. Pricing ...
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