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POLICY PAPERS

 

Responsible Conservation Meets Sound Economic Development: Mining and Energy

MEDIA Radio Clip: Responsible Conservation AND Sound Economic Development? Nova Scotia leads the country in preserving natural habitat for future generations with more land in parks and protected areas than any other province or territory. The challenge in finding the ...
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Re-Engineering Education: Curing the Accountability and Democratic Deficit in Nova Scotia

Paul Bennett proposes a new approach to public education in the province to create a more effective, accountable, and responsive school system. His latest study from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies suggests school-based management that would reduce governance to ...
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A Valuation and Analysis of Atlantic Canadian Liquor Monopolies

A Valuation and Analysis of Atlantic Canadian Liquor Monopolies by Ian Madsen and Alex Whalen details the myriad problems with monopolies, places a value on our liquor corporations, and explores options for the future. “The study reveals that Atlantic Canadians ...
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From Tax to Security: an Alternative to Employment Insurance

From tax to security:  an alternative to Employment Insurance – by Justin Hatherly proposes an alternative to the current employment insurance system that would discourage dependence on seasonal work, promote productivity and labour mobility, and end a practice that has damaged ...
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What’s Still Missing From Your Wallet?

What’s Still Missing from Your Wallet by Marco Navarro- Génie is an analysis that returns to a previous study done in 2009, in which the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies examined the adverse effects of gasoline price regulation in Atlantic ...
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Revisiting the Minimum Wage in Atlantic Canada

Legislating further increases to the minimum wage would likely worsen youth unemployment in Atlantic Canada. Evidence shows that minimum wages price low-skilled persons out of work and reduce the opportunity for training and experience among young people. Given these effects, ...
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The Value of Tax Exemptions on First Nations Reserves

All Canadian provinces face mounting health expenditures, owing in part to the cost of tobacco smoking. Yet, tobacco sold on First Nations reserves is not subject to taxes, unlike off-reserve purchases. Even though exemptions are not enshrined in the constitution ...
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COMMENTARIES

 

A measly $292.50 that could have changed it all

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Supreme Court ruling is a significant loss for consumers and our Canadian economy, but a great win for inertia. The Comeau case was never just about beer. It was essentially about enabling our ...
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Official assurances on provincial budget are doubtful

By ED HOLLETT (AIMS Senior Research Fellow) The provincial government continues to predict that its annual budget will return to surplus by 2022.   There are reasons to doubt this forecast let alone avoid financial problems in the future. First, the Government ...
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Divorcing Tim Hortons

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Leger and National released its annual report ranking Canada’s most admired companies. While some results were indeed surprising, others were not. Both Google and (Loblaw’s) Shoppers Drug Mart ended up at the top of ...
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Market principles offer solutions on teacher shortage

By MICHAEL ZWAAGSTRA (AIMS Research Fellow) Nova Scotia doesn’t have enough substitute teachers right now. In fact, the shortage is so severe that school boards are hiring people without teacher’s certificates to fill some substitute positions. In many cases, regular ...
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The plastic bag pollution paradox

By SYLVAINCHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) and TONY WALKER The Hamilton Spectator, 05 April 2018 An increasing number of people are voicing concerns about our use of plastics day-to-day. Single-use plastics of any kind — such as grocery bags, cutlery, straws, polystyrene ...
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Carbon tax experiment is a danger to New Brunswick

By MARCO NAVARRO-GÉNIE (AIMS PRESIDENT) While good intentions matter a great deal, results matter most. The federal decision to impose a national carbon tax policy may be well-intentioned, but its effects may be detrimental to our economy. We’ll likely see ...
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Jiminy Crickets! The Disgusting Truth about Bugs and Food

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Loblaw, the largest food distribution company in the country, is now selling cricket flour. The product itself is not new, as many speciality stores have been selling it for a few years now. But ...
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