Craft brewing is a burgeoning industry in Atlantic Canada, yet while the number of small breweries has expanded in the last decade, Atlantic Canadian craft brewers claim that their businesses are hampered by bad government policies. AIMS' latest study Opening the Taps: Liberating craft brewers to grow a new industry by Joseph Quesnel, Patrick Webber and [...]
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, particularly as a female of Indigenous background in a non-traditional area of work. She recalled a time where she was trying to get a business client on [...]
Atlantic Business Magazine, 25 May 2017 By Joseph Quesnel (AIMS Research Associate) The most satisfying part of Indigenous entrepreneur Donald Hanson’s job has been his fortune to apply entrepreneurial skills towards improving Indigenous communities across Canada. After working for more than a decade in the federal civil service and private initiatives, Hanson, 41, created a [...]
By JOSEPH QUESNEL (Research Fellow) • National Post, 03 Oct 2016 AIMS Research Fellow Joseph Quesnel discusses the success story of Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton, which has prospered by keeping its land holdings in the free market. By choosing not to convert their holdings to reserve status, the Nation has kept its land [...]
AIMS Research Fellow Joseph Quesnel argues that there is a difference between the constitutional obligation to consult with First Nations on pipelines, and giving them a veto on same. Instead, "Ottawa must work with Atlantic and other First Nations across Canada on ensuring indigenous communities derive maximum benefit from development." Read this piece on the [...]
AIMS research fellow Joseph Quesnel discusses the compliance of Atlantic First Nations with the federal First Nations Financial Transparency Act. He argues that their leadership constitutes "a win-win for all Canadians, but transparency and accountability mostly benefits First Nations communities by ensuring revenues are wisely spent to help band members." This article appeared in the [...]
The newly released four-year study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should give pause to even the most ardent opponents of fracking and hopefully, cautious regulators in the two Maritime provinces. The study found no evidence to sustain oft-repeated assertions that the processes involved in fracking have “led to widespread, systemic [adverse] impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.