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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 alterative 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

 

Driverless pizza delivery, at our doorstep, literally

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) People in Ann Arbor, Michigan are about to experience home food delivery without a driver. Domino’s Pizza and Ford have paired up in a pilot project which will look at how humans interact with ...
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Weeding out what is missing in Ontario’s approach to marijuana distribution

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Ontario has become the first province to define how it intends to sell non-medicinal marijuana to the public. Around 150 stores across the province will open and will be operated by a division of ...
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The latest study vindicating fat proves we should be wary of fat studies

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) Financial Post, 12 September 2017 McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute just released a major study comparing the benefits of various diets around the world. After surveying 135,000 people over seven years in 18 ...
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Employment Insurance: Time for a Transformation

By JUSTIN HATHERLY (AIMS Author) While Canadians are justifiably proud of the social programs their country offers, there are programs that are poorly designed, riddled with perverse incentives that exacerbate the problem they intend to correct. Employment Insurance (EI) is ...
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No doubt some bureaucrats are trying to bring Trump down. Why would that surprise you?

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) Financial Post, 29 August 2017 There’s no doubt some public employees are trying to bring Trump down. But this shouldn’t surprise anyone. We live under the perception — or shall we say illusion — ...
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Democratizing Organics

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Canadian Investor, 29 August 2017 Kitchener Post, 08 September 2017 Vancouver Sun, 12 September 2017 Amazon is not wasting  time. Speed of execution is at the essence of Amazon’s model. As soon  as U.S. regulators approved its ...
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Rock Lobster

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media,14 August 2017 Let’s face it: lobsters are not easy on the eyes. The first person to discover that these hideous crustaceans were edible deserves a medal or two. At one time, lobster ...
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