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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 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, showing that the working conditions for classroom teachers are not good. Teachers [...]

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Embracing seniority with new vision

By | January 31st, 2017|Commentary|

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) • Chronicle Herald, 31 January 2017 My welcome to medical care for seniors helps me understand what some people mean when they say “I’m not getting older. I’m getting better.” Science and medical innovations lead to improved function and comfort despite the influence of age on our vision, teeth, [...]

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Atlantic Canada’s affordable urban housing

By | January 30th, 2017|Commentary|

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS) and WENDELL COX (Demographia) • The Local Xpress, 30 January 2017 • Charlottetown Guardian, 31 January 2017 • Troy Media, 02 February 2017 Every year, news magazines and websites publish "best city" lists, ranking global cities that are the most attractive places to live. Unfortunately, most middle-class people couldn't afford to [...]

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Regional divisions will continue to deepen without real Senate reform

By | January 29th, 2017|Commentary|

By ROBERT ROACH (AIMS Senior Fellow) • Troy Media, 29 January 2017 • Waterloo Chronicle, 01 February 2017 • Battlefords News-Optimist, 03 February 2017 • Times Colonist, 05 February 2017 Just when you thought the state of the debate about reforming Canada’s Senate couldn’t get any sadder, federal Conservative Party leadership hopeful Kevin O’Leary has [...]

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Spending rise, not austerity is Nova Scotia’s challenge

By | January 4th, 2017|Beacon, Commentary|

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) • Chronicle Herald, 04 January 2017 Austerity has become a popular buzzword over the last decade, gaining traction in the aftermath of the 2008 Great Recession and subsequent fiscal troubles in Europe. It has also found its way into Atlantic Canada’s public discourse. A plethora of local organizations, from [...]

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Education in 2016: Antsy students, teacher misconduct and math scores

By | January 3rd, 2017|Beacon, Commentary|

By PAUL W. BENNETT (AIMS Author) • Troy Media, 03 January 2017 Schools across Canada went to great lengths in 2016 to re-engage fidgety students in what may be known as the Year of Self-Regulation. Coping with today’s restless kids requires every conceivable pacifier, including spin bikes, exercise balls, wiggle stools and standup desks. That’s [...]

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Fixing NL’s fiscal problems require long-term vision

By | December 28th, 2016|Beacon, Commentary|

By MARCO NAVARRO-GÉNIE (AIMS President) and JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Policy Analyst) • The Telegram, 28 December 2016 Ferryland district MHA Keith Hutchings wrote in a letter to The Telegram recently, “It is time … to challenge the federal government on our province’s share of equalization.” (“Why isn’t the government demanding equalization?” Nov. 14). In his [...]

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Average-size public sector ‘would save N.S. $1-billion’

By | December 22nd, 2016|Beacon, Commentary|

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Policy Analyst) and MARCO NAVARRO-GÉNIE (AIMS President) • Chronicle Herald, 22 December 2016 The authors of AIMS's study The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Atlantic Canada, 2015 discuss the findings of their paper. They show how excessive and growing government employment in Nova Scotia constitutes a major expense [...]

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Government must change role in gambling

By | December 21st, 2016|Beacon, Commentary|

By ALEX WHALEN (AIMS Operations Manager) • Journal-Pioneer, 21 December 2016 Alex Whalen discusses the recent revelations of P.E.I.'s e-gaming scandal and the audit of Atlantic Lottery. He concludes that with such disregard for taxpayer dollars, it is time for governments to divest from the gambling business. P.E.I.'s e-gaming scandal and the recent audit of [...]

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Proof the Atlantic provinces haven’t stopped spending, despite protests over ‘austerity.’

By | December 20th, 2016|Commentary|

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) • Financial Post, 20 December 2016 AIMS Research Associate Patrick Webber discusses his AIMS paper Measuring Austerity in Atlantic Canada. He outlines how, contrary to the rhetoric of anti-austerity advocates, all four Atlantic provincial governments have increased real absolute and per-person spending since 1980. “Austerity” has become a popular [...]

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