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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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Platform for Nova Scotia

This Spring, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) surveyed dozens of leading minds in Nova Scotia about the province’s future. Respondents discussed their concerns about Nova Scotia, including low growth, decaying public institutions, and demographic stagnation. To reverse decline, ...
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Reinventing the Building of Schools

The Real Legacy of Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Schools in Nova Scotia Reinventing the Building of Schools revisits the history of public-private partnerships for school construction. Though the province's experience with P3's since the mid-1990s has been widely described as a failure, ...
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Post-Secondary Tuition and Low-Income Access

© UNB. Post-Secondary Tuition and Low-Income Access discusses New Brunswick's Tuition Access Bursary program, which covers college and university tuition for the children of families earning under $60,000 per year. Author Patrick Webber's paper reviews numerous studies, surveys and reports ...
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The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Western Canada

The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Western Canada authored by Rodney A. Clifton, Jackson Doughart, and Marco Navarro-Génie, examines the provincial and municipal public sectors in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. For 2015, the authors draw ...
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13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey

The 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey: 2017 is published in collaboration with the Demographia group in Illinois, USA and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy in Winnipeg. Authors Wendell Cox and Hugh Pavletich explain that many "best city" ...
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Measuring Austerity in Atlantic Canada

Recurrent political debates about public finance often include exaggerated accusations of “austerity” when a government decides to reduce spending. Though the language of “imposing austerity” has found its greatest use in Europe, it is also found in North America and ...
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COMMENTARIES

 

Only successful, market economies can prioritize the environment

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) Financial Post, 25 May 2017 As Pope Francis and Donald Trump finished up their rather brief, and apparently uncomfortable meeting on Wednesday, the Holy Father slipped the president a copy of his 2015 encyclical, ...
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How to Resolve Health Care Controversies

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) Ordinary citizens are stuck without the information necessary to make personal and political choices about health care. About half of government program spending is on health care. Yet, no one knows if citizens are getting ...
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Skipping the Canadian Market

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, 23 May 2017 Skippy peanut butter and Dad’s chocolate chip cookies are now gone from the Canadian marketplace. If you feel sad bout seeing these iconic brands go, brace yourselves. This is just ...
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The Lost Food Generation

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (Senior Fellow) Most generations shaped their own food destiny, while Gen Xers just took what was available to them, without discriminating. Along the way, they became the lost food generation. Generation Xers don’t cook. They simply can’t cook ...
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Atlantic Canada’s opportunity for American immigration

By IRVIN STUDIN (AIMS Author) The Times-Transcript, 18 May 2017 The Daily Gleaner, 18 May 2017 The Telegraph-Journal, 19 May 2017 The Local Xpress, 19 May 2017 The Charlottetown Guardian, 23 May 2017 Troy Media, 28 May 2017 What are the key elements of a Canadian ...
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Dispelling the P3 schools myth: setting the record straight

By PAUL BENNETT (AIMS Author) News 95.7, The Rick Howe Show 11 May 2017 Public-Private Partnership (P3) schools come with a lot of baggage: opportunistic edu-preneurs, the Horton High “Taj Mahal,” "gold plated" school extras, and skimming-off cafeteria revenues tend to ...
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Budget puts Island on good fiscal path

By ALEX WHALEN (Operations Manager) The Journal-Pioneer, 11 May 2017 Troy Media, 12 May 2017 Charlottetown Guardian, 13 May 2017 The P.E.I. government unveiled its 2017 budget in April, including a rare projection: a balanced budget. In the past decade, across all Atlantic ...
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