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Part One: AIMS paper warns of re-baiting the EI trap

The repeal of the intensity and clawback provisions of the EI program may prevent young rural Canadians from choosing additional education and skilled jobs in favour of returning to the discredited EI/short-term work cycle of the past. This is the conclusion of a study by two University of New Brunswick professors of the impact of various changes to the Employment Insurance system over the last decade.

The study argues that the reforms to the EI program over the 1990s has led to a substantial change in the economic behaviour of young Atlantic Canadians between the age of 18 and 29. But repealing those reforms may lead young Atlantic Canadians back to a dependency on EI and highly seasonal work.


Part Two: Attend our virtual conference on electricity deregulation and competition

AIMS and ECANS co-sponsored “Plugging in Atlantic Canada”, a conference held on October 27, 2000, in Halifax. The 175 people who attended this event from all over Canada heard how deregulation, privatization and competition are revolutionizing the future of the electrical power industry.


Part Three: Tobin, Day too timid on need for equalisation changes

Both Brian Tobin and Stockwell Day have been wooing Atlantic Canadians with promises to end the anti-development bias of the federal equalisation programme. In an op-ed piece in the Globe and Mail, AIMS President Brian Lee Crowley argues that they’re on the right track, but neither has gone nearly far enough in their plans to fix equalisation’s perverse effects.


Part Four: Virtual aquaculture event now on-line

Those who were actually able to attend the AIMS/CAI sell-out aquaculture conference, “How to farm the seas” heard how a combination of timid governments, over-zealous environmentalists and NIMBYs have put stumbling blocks in the way of an industry that should be a natural for rural coastal Canada. Aquaculture could be the foundation for much of Canada’s rural areas, yet obstacles such as poor-quality property rights for aquaculture operators, policy and regulatory uncertainty, freezes on new sites in British Columbia and New Brunswick, and the long and expensive process for registering drugs and vaccines has given countries like Norway and Chile a fifteen-year lead.

Just because you missed the event, though, no need to miss the message. Virtually all of the speakers’ notes from the event are available on-line. You’ll see remarks there from Scotland’s James Muir, Canada’s Aquaculture Commissioner Yves Bastien, Prof. James Anderson of University of Rhode Island, Norway’s Tor Horsberg, Halifax’s Brian Rogers, Prof. Doug Powell of University of Guelph, and many more. We expect to be able to add some audio extracts shortly, and will continue to add speakers’ notes as they come in.

Remember that registrations will be opening soon for the AIMS/CAI west coast aquaculture conference to be held in Vancouver on February 16 and 17, 2001. “How to Farm the Seas II” will bring together the best of the presenters at the PEI conference with additional speakers who will address the unique concerns of the west coast aquaculture industry.


Part Five: Sell Fresh Water Before it Pours Into the Sea.

About 80,000 cubic meters of fresh water flows out of Canada every second, into the ocean or across the border. Taking some small part of it and selling it for a good price hardly seems high treason. After all, every barrel of oil and pound of zinc Canada produces and sells is gone forever. Yet those businesses are perfectly respectable, while realizing some economic benefit from a properly managed renewable resource like water, is today thought to be profoundly unCanadian.


Part Six: AIMS updates Jobs Page, seeks Director of Development and Research and more researchers and an Intern.

AIMS continues to seek a Director of Research, a Director of Development, occasional researchers in a number of fields, as well as an Intern starting in January 2001. *************************************************

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