The AIMS Radio Project is a unique initiative among Canadian think tanks. Its purpose is to bring the ideas and research of the Institute to a wide audience in the region. With a weekly reach of some 400,000 people in Atlantic Canada, the Radio Project is among the most important of the Institute’s outreach programs.

Our 60-second radio clips discuss public policy issues of importance to Atlantic Canada. Many pieces coincide with the publication of full policy studies, thus bringing greater attention to our research. Others are inspired by current events in the region, in which we give a lucid and informative take on policy questions for public consideration.

The AIMS Radio Project is among our many successful initiatives. Like all of our work, it requires financial support from publicly-minded citizens who share our goal of better, market-based policy for the Atlantic region. To contribute to our growing radio program, please visit


Radio: Gas Regulation in Nova Scotia (3)

Halifax: Nova Scotia implemented price controls for gasoline in 2006. Policy makers believed that regulation would prevent great price fluctuations. While there are indeed fewer highs and lows than before, gas regulation carries three disadvantages. First, there is a cost ...

Radio: Minimum Wage in the Maritimes (3)

PEI: Prince Edward Island has a high minimum wage. Compared to the average Islander's income, it is the highest in Canada. Basic economics suggest that when someone's skills are worth less to employers than the minimum wage, he or she ...

Radio: First Nations Data

To debate policy issues, it is vital that government make data easily accessible to the public. Many government records are published openly, while others can be attained through information requests. Unfortunately, Nova Scotia keeps poor records for tax exemptions on ...

Radio: Tobacco Tax Exemptions (2)

Federal and provincial legislation exempts First Nations reserves from several forms of taxation. Unfortunately, most governments have not examined the cost of this policy, estimated at $1.3 billion across Canada. The largest tax exemption, is for tobacco. From PEI reserves ...

Radio: Newfoundland Mill

In a new deal, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will help to fund employee pensions at the Corner Brook paper mill. It's the latest in a string of deals for the mill, worth some some 250-million dollars. In this ...

Radio: New Brunswick teacher Hires

New Brunswick's school enrollment is declining. Logically, fewer students should need fewer people to teach them. Instead, government has agreed employ no fewer than 7,280 teachers, regardless of enrollment decline. This decision will be expensive. The Province already spends 3,000 ...

Radio: Memorial University Tuition

In Newfoundland and Labrador, tough economic times have induced government to cut funding for Memorial University. This is a reasonable decision given financial challenges. Unfortunately, the province also wants to maintain a tuition freeze, keeping fees at Memorial the lowest ...

Radio: Canadian Free Trade Agreement

Federal and provincial governments have unveiled the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, designed to lower internal trading barriers and add $25 billion per year to the national economy. Unfortunately, the new arrangement wildly misses the mark. While the deal theoretically improves ...

Radio: Nova Scotia Municipalities Squeezed

Outside Halifax, Nova Scotia municipalities face a financial squeeze. With increasing spending obligations to meet higher service standards, the cost of operating a local government is rising. Meanwhile, the property tax base is declining from ageing and outmigration. Municipalities need ...
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Radio: AIMS Platform for Nova Scotia

During the provincial election campaign, political parties in Nova Scotia presented their policy platforms, which detailed a governing agenda for the next four years. For the first time, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has released its own document, listing ...