AIMS OP-ED PIECES

As a trusted voice in public policy, AIMS authors regularly appear in newspapers throughout the region and the country, including the National Post, Troy Media, the Telegraph-Journal, The Telegram, the Chronicle Herald and the Charlottetown Guardian. The Institute’s op-ed pieces provide an evidence-based voice for the public conversation. See below an archive of these pieces.

One Patient One Record: A Folly of NS Health

By David Zitner (AIMS Healthcare Policy Fellow) Is anyone surprised to learn that credit reporting agencies, Facebook, and retail stores scan many sources and gather your personal information? Although many people have several credit cards, several loans, and deal with many retail merchants the credit reporting agencies have no difficulty aggregating your information, from all sources, to learn all about ...
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Hey Vegans, time to grow up

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Vegan groups are using billboards these days in the Atlantic region to denounce dairy farming practices, and telling consumers that dairy is scary. Some of these ads show a picture of a young calf, saying that someone “took it’s mom, it’s milk, then it’s life.” All this is to encourage people to switch to ...
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The junky science of ‘nudge-onomics’ is just another excuse for more government meddling

By Patrick Luciani (AIMS Senior Fellow) Over the past two or three decades, behavioural economics has become the rage with swarms of newly minted PhDs running experiments showing how inconsistent and irrational we all are when it comes to retirement planning, consumer behaviour, taking care of our health or saving energy. This is a replay of the 1960s and ’70s ...
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Why can’t we handle the truth?

By John Risley (AIMS Chairman of the Board) As I write this piece, the fate of Brexit is still in doubt. The current Prime Minister feels compelled to drag her country out of the European Union because of a referendum vote which produced a narrow victory for the “leavers”. The economic consequences of Britain making this move range from being ...
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Food delivery apps user rate in Canada reached record level in May 2019, and likely expand after 2021

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The user rate for food delivery apps has reach a record level in May 2019. A recent survey conducted byAngus Reid Global, in partnership with the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, suggests that 29% of all Canadians have used a food delivery app at least once. Data was collected across Canada, from May ...
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The cascading impacts of school storm days 

By Dr. Paul W. Bennett (AIMS Author) Talk about the inordinate number of school snow days in the Maritimes never seems to go away. The current school year, it turned out, reflected the “new normal” in Nova Scotia with between five and 14 days lost to storm closures. Yet a fierce public debate continues to flare up, almost like clockwork, ...
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