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 Genius of Loblaw’s $25 gift card campaign

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Loblaw’s’ gift of $25 to all Canadians has received mixed reviews. As of January 8, anyone can go online and register for a $25 gift card, to be redeemed at any Loblaw-owned stores. Last December, Loblaw confessed to running a price-fixing scheme on bread with Weston Bakeries, a sister company, as the supplier. While ...
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Devil’s Advocate

By JOHN RISLEY (AIMS Chairman of the Board) Atlantic Business Magazine, 13 January 2018 On November 24, Atlantic Canada submitted an application to the federal government for funding under the Super Cluster program. If we are successful (we might know the answer by the time this is published), the program will unleash over $400 million of incremental research investment in ...
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Taxing Meat

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods seems to be gaining more support. For some, eating meat is considered a sin, and therefore meat products should be taxed, like alcohol and tobacco. A new report published recently by a group called Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative ...
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Blockchain, Agrifood’s New Uber?

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) There has been a lot of noise on cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin of late. While some suggest cryptocurrencies are a fraud, others believe them to be the next economic revolution the world has seen since the internet. Bitcoin has brought to light the interesting concept of blockchain technology which offers great potential for the agrifood ...
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Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too late

By ROBERT ROACH (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, 17 December 2017 Canada is a big and diverse place. People, power, economic opportunities, public policy priorities, language and cultural nuances are not evenly spread from sea to sea to sea. It’s always been a struggle to make sure the various regions are working together, treated fairly and adequately represented at the ...
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The Silent Crisis

By David Zitner (AIMS Senior Fellow) and Dominic Covvey (AIMS Author) Airplane crashes are broadcast widely and become infamous. Consequently, industry was compelled to make substantial improvements to airplanes, their instrumentation, the training of pilots and air traffic control. Without awareness, people would not recognize a crisis and there would be little impetus for change. No news is, well, no news ...
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