Minimum Wage

January 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Minimum Wage

The New Year brought a dramatic hike in Ontario’s minimum wage. The fight for fifteen is a job-killing fad and it’s not likely going to reduce  poverty. The the Bank of Canada has [...]

A Valuation and Analysis of Atlantic Canadian Liquor Monopolies

January 17th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 Genius of Loblaw’s $25 gift card campaign

January 15th, 2018|Comments Off on The Genius of Loblaw’s $25 gift card campaign

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Loblaw’s’ gift of $25 to all Canadians has received mixed reviews. As of January 8, anyone can go online and register for a $25 gift card, to be redeemed [...]

Devil’s Advocate

January 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Devil’s Advocate

By JOHN RISLEY (AIMS Chairman of the Board) Atlantic Business Magazine, 13 January 2018 On November 24, Atlantic Canada submitted an application to the federal government for funding under the Super Cluster program. If we [...]

A promising opportunity for Atlantic Canada

January 10th, 2018|Comments Off on A promising opportunity for Atlantic Canada

Media Release A promising opportunity for Atlantic Canada: On-shore gas can unlock much needed prosperity Halifax - 10 January 2018: Reports surfaced this week that the Province of Nova Scotia's internal estimates value its on-shore natural [...]

Taxing Meat

January 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Taxing Meat

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods seems to be gaining more support. For some, eating meat is considered a sin, and therefore [...]

Blockchain, Agrifood’s New Uber?

December 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Blockchain, Agrifood’s New Uber?

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) There has been a lot of noise on cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin of late. While some suggest cryptocurrencies are a fraud, others believe them to be the next economic revolution [...]

Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too late

December 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too late

By ROBERT ROACH (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, 17 December 2017 Canada is a big and diverse place. People, power, economic opportunities, public policy priorities, language and cultural nuances are not evenly spread from sea [...]

The Silent Crisis

December 16th, 2017|Comments Off on The Silent Crisis

By David Zitner (AIMS Senior Fellow) and Dominic Covvey (AIMS Author) Airplane crashes are broadcast widely and become infamous. Consequently, industry was compelled to make substantial improvements to airplanes, their instrumentation, the training of pilots and [...]

Marco Navarro-Génie discussing cannabis retail on the Sheldon MacLeod Show

December 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Marco Navarro-Génie discussing cannabis retail on the Sheldon MacLeod Show

December 8th, 2017: AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie discusses his reaction to the government's plan for the sale of recreational cannabis and why private sector sales would be more beneficial to the province.

Marijuana Retail in Atlantic Canada

December 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Marijuana Retail in Atlantic Canada

All four provinces in Atlantic Canada will sell marijuana through government-owned liquor corporations. More government is not the solution. Atlantic Canada needs more entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas. We already have private growers [...]

Democracy Cookbook: The House of Assembly needs a legislative budget officer

December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Democracy Cookbook: The House of Assembly needs a legislative budget officer

Originally published in the Telegram By Jeffrey Collins Newfoundland and Labrador’s finances exist in a fog. Our 40 members of the House of Assembly are constitutionally required to deliberate and vote on billions of dollars’ [...]

AIMS Co-commissioned Study Referenced in CBC Report

December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on AIMS Co-commissioned Study Referenced in CBC Report

The CBC mentioned AIMS in a Friday news report on the upcoming Supreme Court case on interprovincial trade barriers. AIMS, along with the Montreal Economic Institute and the Canadian Constitution Foundation, commissioned an Ipsos poll [...]

Marco Navarro-Génie discussing cannabis retail on the Rick Howe Show

December 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Marco Navarro-Génie discussing cannabis retail on the Rick Howe Show

On December 6th, 2017, President and CEO of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Marco Navarro-Genie, discussed the province's decision to distribute cannabis through the public sector and why private sector endorsement would [...]

Grocers Hitting the Refresh Button

December 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Grocers Hitting the Refresh Button

BY Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Downsizing is never easy, no matter what. And just weeks away from the Holidays, reducing staff is not good for morale. Yet changes in the grocery industry is causing grocers [...]

New Brunswick and the Laffer Curve

December 5th, 2017|Comments Off on New Brunswick and the Laffer Curve

  By Patrick Webber (AIMS Research Associate) Sometimes governments increase tax rates but actually end up with less tax revenue. New Brunswick is a good example of this paradox. The province’s income tax rates have [...]

Let private enterprise retail cannabis in Nova Scotia

December 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Let private enterprise retail cannabis in Nova Scotia

By Marco Navarro-Génie (AIMS President) Allowing private cannabis retailers in Nova Scotia would be most consistent with the One Nova Scotia Report and good for entrepreneurs. Yet, the online survey the Nova Scotia government organised to [...]

Canadians are ready to bring down interprovincial trade barriers

November 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Canadians are ready to bring down interprovincial trade barriers

Halifax, November 28, 2017 – Canadians are unequivocal: 89% think they should be allowed to bring any legally purchased product from one province to another, according to an Ipsos poll commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for [...]

AIMS Release: Canadians are ready to bring down interprovincial trade barriers

November 28th, 2017|Comments Off on AIMS Release: Canadians are ready to bring down interprovincial trade barriers

On November 28th, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies published a press release detailing the institute's collaboration with the Canadian Constitution Foundation and Montreal Economic Institute to make a common cause to defend Canadians’ freedom to [...]

Canadians are ready for free trade within their country

November 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Canadians are ready for free trade within their country

By Howard Anglin, J.D., Executive Director, CCF; Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO, MEI; and Marco Navarro-Génie, President and CEO, AIMS Big things sometimes have very modest origins. When Gerard Comeau, a retired lineman, contested a [...]

The Amazon Effect

November 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on The Amazon Effect

BY Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Loblaw is the latest grocer to commit to offering home delivery. Starting in December, the number one food retailer in Canada is looking at deploying this strategy from coast [...]

Sliced Bread

November 7th, 2017|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Aboriginal entrepreneurship profile: Charlene Combdon

November 6th, 2017|Comments Off on 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, [...]

AIMS President Quoted in Telegraph-Journal

November 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on AIMS President Quoted in Telegraph-Journal

Marco Navarro-Génie was quoted several times in an article on Saint John's upcoming public sector wage negotiations, appearing in the Telegraph Journal. He iterated AIMS' stance that regular review of public sector wages is a [...]

The rise of the “grocerant”

November 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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