AIMS Director of Research Ben Eisen and Policy Analyst Shaun Fantauzzo measure the size and cost of Atlantic Canada's public sector, confirming that it is unusually large compared to the national average. Their data reveals that spending in excess of the national average amounted to $1.89 billion in 2013.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil outlines several opportunities to reduce risks and enhance the benefits of Newfoundland and Labrador's Muskrat Falls project. We also invited Ed Martin, the President and Chief Executive of Nalcor Energy, the project’s developer, to address the subjects covered in the paper.
University of New Brunswick Professor David Murrell and AIMS Policy Analyst Shaun Fantauzzo analyze New Brunswick's public finances since the 1980s and show that revenue is declining as a share of GDP, reinforcing the need for fiscal consolidation in the province.
Maintaining Spotless Records: Professional Standards, Teacher Misconduct and the Teaching Profession
Director of Schoolhouse Consulting Paul Bennett and Former Member of the Governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers Karen Mitchell discuss how establishing and maintaining professional standards has been delegated to the provincial teachers' unions and federations, resulting in loose and ineffective standards that ensure "spotless records."
University of Manitoba Professor Emeritus Rod Clifton examines the cost of public education in the provinces and territories from 1999 to 2011, showing that the cost disease has infected it–albeit at different rates.
AIMS Policy Analyst Shaun Fantauzzo draws a comparison between Newfoundland and Iceland, arguing that the latter's implementation of property rights is a model for reform. Furthermore, Fantauzzo suggests that CETA could act as a catalyst for additional reforms, such as abandoning protectionist policies that shield Canadian industry from competition.
In this AIMS Commentary, Dr. James Feehan discusses Newfoundland and Labrador's decision to adopt protectionism in its energy sector.
In this comprehensive research report, author Paul Bennett demonstrates that, while SchoolsPlus (SP) is a worthwhile provincial integrated services delivery (ISD) initiative, it is in need of a ‘mid-term correction’ to ensure its ultimate success and reach its target population, the 5 to 10 per cent of children and youth at risk of going off-the rails.