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Growing Forward, or Growing Pains?

By | March 28th, 2017|Commentary|

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow)   “For the most part, the Canadian agri-food sector cheered the 2017 Federal budget. With a few dollars short, innovation and infrastructure were properly addressed in this budget. But the budget’s total license on policy reform and strategic frameworks will likely make many nervous.”   For anyone involved with the [...]

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Brazil and the Mother of all Food Fraud Cases

By | March 20th, 2017|Commentary|

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow)    “Brazil is a mess, and this latest food fraud scandal involving major companies and public authorities will only make matters worse.” After Europe’s horsemeat scandal, Brazil, the largest exporter of meat products in the world, is now going through its own food fraud crisis. This time though, it seems [...]

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Losing healthcare privilege

By | March 17th, 2017|Commentary|

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, March 19, 2017 LocalXpress, March 22, 2017 Battlefords News-Optimist, March 24, 2017 Canadian seniors are a privileged group. The Conference Board of Canada reports that life expectancy today is 10 years longer than it was in 1961. The average Canadian can expect to live three years longer than [...]

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Canada’s Urban Areas: descent from affordability

By | March 14th, 2017|Commentary|

By WENDELL COX (Principal of Demographia)   Canada is a nation of wide open spaces, yet it has high urban area densities recently driven higher by a redefinition of urban area criteria (Note 1). Canada's largest urban area (population centre) is Toronto, with a population of 5.4 million continues to be the densest of the 59 [...]

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Creditors will be chief audience for N.L. budget

By | March 13th, 2017|Commentary|

By ED HOLLETT (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Telegram, March 13, 2017 Troy Media, March 13, 2017 Battlefords News-Optimist, March 18, 2017 In setting its budget for 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador needs to correct a public finance crisis, ushered in by years of high spending and big drops in oil-based revenues. It is a critical time for the province’s [...]

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A bank called Costco

By | March 13th, 2017|Commentary|

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, March 9, 2017 Summary: Costco now has 10% of the food retailing market in Canada, and is going to charge you more to have access to its products, as of June. Given its solid success over the last few years in Canada, higher membership fees won’t change much [...]

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Only a growth agenda will make Island prosper

By | March 7th, 2017|Commentary|

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Research Coordinator) The Journal-Pioneer, March 2, 2017 The Charlottetown Guardian, March 7, 2017 Summary: More outside capital and greater productivity are the keys to greater prosperity on Prince Edward Island. With the greatest dependence in Canada upon federal transfers to finance government, it is vital that the province better develop its own sources [...]

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Soda taxes not a sweet deal for residents

By | March 3rd, 2017|Commentary|

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) • Troy Media, 03 March 2017 • Telegraph-Journal, 03 March 2017 • LocalXpress, 06 March 2017 • Battlefords News-Optimist, 08 March 2017   The New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) has released the results of a survey about various health-related public policies. Chief among its recommendations is a “soda tax” on sugary drinks. At [...]

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High-tax, postwar era is no model for today’s public policy

By | February 24th, 2017|Commentary|

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) • Troy Media, 24 February 2017 • Local Xpress, 26 February 2017 • Charlottetown Guardian, 27 February 2017 A half-century ago, provincial governments could afford to tax and spend without excessively damaging economic growth. These facts have changed, but many still pine for a bygone era. In a Brunswick [...]

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Improve teacher working conditions by dumping bad ideas

By | February 15th, 2017|Commentary|

By MICHAEL ZWAAGSTRA (AIMS Fellow) • The Telegram, 15 February 2017 • Troy Media, 16 February 2017 • Charlottetown Guardian, 01 March 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador teachers are stressed. In a recent presentation to the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Education Outcomes, the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association presented compelling data, both scientific and anecdotal, [...]

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