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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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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 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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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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COMMENTARIES

 

Fighting food fraud with a different kind of science

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Food fraud is clearly becoming a noticeable issue as another company has been slapped on the wrist for violations. A court has recently fined Creation Food, A Woodbridge-based company, $25,000 for forging a kosher ...
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Sears woes highlight failure of corporate welfare

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) Ronald Reagan once said: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, ...
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Distorting the liquor market

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) Shopping at the LCBO, Ontario’s government-owned alcohol-retailing monopoly, is like buying liquor from a bank. The only difference is that bank tellers are nicer. It's never fun buying wine and beer from bureaucrats. It’s ...
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First Nations Tax Exemptions Worth Over $1 billion per year

By LEE HARDING (AIMS Author) First Nations populations and on-reserve commerce are growing faster than the Canadian average. This growth should be welcomed by the rest of the Canadian family, save for one problem: unjustified tax exemptions for on-reserve commerce ...
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Tim Hortons: the coffee giant needs a fix

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, 01 July 2017 Tim Horton’s is slowly becoming a classic case of a completely dysfunctional franchise system. Franchisees on both sides of the border are now pressuring Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI), ...
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Canada 150 a time for celebration and reflection

By MARCO NAVARRO-GÉNIE (President of AIMS) On its 150th birthday this weekend, Canadians celebrate their peaceful and prosperous country. It is also special occasion for those of us, born elsewhere, who have adopted Canada as our home. We especially know ...
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Calorie counting is bad science

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) Financial Post, 19 June 2017 Ontario is forcing restaurants to post calorie counts when studies show that doesn’t work in getting people to eat healthy or lose weight Last month, after Ontario mandated calorie counting ...
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