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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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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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The Benefits of Trade

The Benefits of Trade examines the economic argument for free trade, with an emphasis on the importance of trade for Canadian provinces. The author discusses international, interprovincial, and local trading relationships, explaining the benefits of free exchange for all three ...
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Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, 1981-2015

Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, 1981-2015 discusses a low rate of household savings by Maritimers. While New Brunswick has an improved savings rate from the previous decade (following a modest upturn throughout Canada), Prince Edward Island’s household savings have remained ...
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COMMENTARIES

 

Sliced Bread

by SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) A bread cartel is alive and well in Canada; or is it? The Competition Bureau is carrying out an investigation of major grocery chains in search of evidence of retail price fixing. Loblaws, Sobeys, ...
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/ / business, economics, Op-ed

Aboriginal entrepreneurship profile: Charlene Combdon

By Joseph Quesnel (AIMS Research Associate) Charlene Combdon, 36, is an award-winning Indigenous entrepreneur and business owner from Newfoundland and Labrador. She has a history of defying expectations, particularly as a female of Indigenous background in a non-traditional area of ...
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The rise of the “grocerant”

The Telegram, 1 November 2017 by SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Food trends are difficult to follow these days. As with hip sectors such as the high-tech industry, the food industry is coming up with its own peculiar lingo when ...
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/ / Beacon, Op-ed

Proposed New Brunswick Model Risks Benefits of Cannabis Legalization

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) New Brunswick’s government recently announced that NB Liquor will oversee the sale of recreational marijuana in the province when legalization comes into effect next year. At the press conference where this announcement was made, ...
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The Pursuit of Convenience

>The Record, 31 October 2017 by SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Food inflation continues to be an illusion in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, food prices have dropped once again over the last month, by almost 1%. Food prices are ...
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Canada needs a frank discussion about resources

by KEN HUGHES The Globe and Mail, 6 October 2017 As Canadians, let's be honest with each other. After TransCanada announced Thursday that the Energy East Pipeline is dead, we need – now more than ever – to honestly address ...
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NAFTA’s potential end is Canada’s greatly needed wake-up call

by SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Despite Canada’s optimism, NAFTA talks seem to be heading nowhere. Wanting to push back on Mexico’s influence over the American economy, Washington now is indicating that the bilateral option with Canada is more appealing ...
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