Welcome to the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
AIMS is a Canadian non-profit, non-partisan think tank that provides a distinctive Atlantic Canadian perspective on economic, political, and social issues. The Institute sets the benchmark on public policy by drawing together the most innovative thinking available from some of the world's foremost experts and applying that thinking to the challenges facing Canadians. 

Maintaining "Spotless Records": Professional Standards, Teacher Misconduct and the Teaching Profession

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Director of Schoolhouse Consulting Paul Bennett and Former Member of the Governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers Karen Mitchell discuss how establishing and maintaining professional standards has been delegated to the provincial teachers' unions and federations, resulting in loose and ineffective standards that ensure "spotless records." Click here to read this piece!


The Cost Disease Infects Public Education Across Canada

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University of Manitoba Professor Emeritus Rod Clifton examines the cost of public education in the provinces and territories from 1999 to 2011 and illustrates the cost disease. Click here to read this piece!


Reforming Atlantic Fisheries: Lessons From Iceland

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AIMS Policy Analyst Shaun Fantauzzo compares Iceland and Newfoundland's fish stock collapses, arguing that Icelandic management practices should inform Canadian policymakers seeking to regenerate Atlantic Canada's fishing industry. Click here to read this piece!

Atlantica
Unlocking the potential of the International Northeast Economic Region; it's not just about trade anymore.

Education
Real Education Reform: AIMS is an independent voice on public education research and reform.

Energy
Whether it is electricity, or oil & gas, there is extensive research on energy policy.

Equalization
AIMS groundbreaking work on equalization changed the way people in Canada think about regional economics.

Fisheries & Aquaculture
This research examines some of the latest policy issues facing the traditional fishery and the upstart aquaculture industry.

Healthcare
AIMS' extensive research on the most debated public policy issue in Canada.

History of Economic Thought
Think tanks help people see why some policy ideas are good and work, while others, no matter how good they may sound, don't and can't work.

Labour
AIMS extensive research on the demographic shift provides insight of the labour shortage and policy changes that can lift the burden for our aging population.

Municipal Tax Reform
AIMS research looking into municipal tax alternatives. 

Pharmaceuticals
Access to drugs, barriers to R&D, global trade impacts and much more in this research on the prescription drug industry.

Public Finances
From tax reform, to fiscal responsibility, to balanced budgets, AIMS kibrary examines the fiscal policies that can make a difference to your life.

Regional Development
AIMS built its strong reputation as a leading voice for the examination of the effects of government subsidies, regional development schemes and other disincentives to growth.

Regulatory Reform
Government regulation in the age of the Internet, globalization and consumer empowerment.

Security & Defence
AIMS research related to public policy on security and defence matters in today's post 9/11 world.

Social Programs
Showing the choices that can promote the greatest social and economic development for those at the bottom of the income scale as well as the economy as a whole.

Urban Affairs & Local Government
Transparency and accountability are just some of the topics caovered by AIMS in our research on municipal government.

 

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Latest Publications
AIMS Senior Fellow in Security and Defense Robert Murray outlines why Western countries are ill-prepared for modern conflict.
Director of Schoolhouse Consulting Paul Bennett and Former Member of the Governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers Karen Mitchell discuss how establishing and maintaining professional standards has been delegated to the provincial teachers' unions and federations, resulting in loose and ineffective standards that ensure "spotless records."
Director of Schoolhouse Consulting Paul Bennett argues that Nova Scotia's ability to regulate teacher conduct is weak and suggests that developing an arms-length regulatory body is the solution.
University of Manitoba Professor Emeritus Rod Clifton examines the cost of public education in the provinces and territories from 1999 to 2011, showing that the cost disease has infected it–albeit at different rates.
AIMS Policy Analyst Shaun Fantauzzo draws a comparison between Newfoundland and Iceland, arguing that the latter's implementation of property rights is a model for reform. Furthermore, Fantauzzo suggests that CETA could act as a catalyst for additional reforms, such as abandoning protectionist policies that shield Canadian industry from competition.
AIMS Director of Research and Programmes Ben Eisen and University of Manitoba Professor Emeritus Rod Clifton discuss the cost of education in Atlantic Canada and argue that it is too high.
AIMS in the Media

April 2014

AIMS President and CEO Marco Navarro-Genie on Nova Scotia's "Essential Services" Legislation (CTV Atlantic)

March 2014

Allowing Union to Handle Teacher Discipline Has Negative Effect on Professional Standards: Report (National Post)

Teachers Shouldn't Be Disciplined by NTSU, Report (CBC Information Morning)

West Unprepared for Modern Conflict (Winnipeg Free Press)

Teaching Rules 'Woefully Inadequate' in Nova Scotia, Report Says (CBC)

Students Debate on Whether Education is a Right (The Muse)

Time to Rein in Public Education Spending (Chronicle Herald/Metro News)

The End of Canada's Mission in Afghanistan (CBC Alberta)

Atlantic Schooling Costs Too Much (Telegraph Journal)

Newfoundland's Departure From Protectionism is a Positive Development (Guardian)

Analyst Calls for Provinces to Take Control of Fisheries Management (Times and Transcript)

Reforming Atlantic Fisheries: Lessons From Iceland (CBC Radio)

Fraser Report: Canada's Education Options Under the Microscope (Pan Am News)

Canada Has a Diplomatic Role to Play in Ukraine (Troy Media)

Put Students First When Hiring Substitute Teachers (Chronicle Herald)

February 2014

Past Subsidies To Auto Industry Failed to Save Jobs (Waterloo Record)

Obama and the Decline of American Hegemony (Troy Media)

Let's Take a Byte out of Snow Days (Chronicle Herald)

Olympic Committee's Support of Dictatorships Must End (Winnipeg Free Press)

Government Should Butt-out on E-cigarettes (Province)

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