Hey Google! Why is the food industry in trouble?

April 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Hey Google! Why is the food industry in trouble?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Your own voice will likely become food retailers’ and restaurants’ most significant focus over the next little while. Voice searches are increasingly becoming the norm. A recent study suggests [...]

Carbon tax will drive up grocery prices

April 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Carbon tax will drive up grocery prices

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The carbon tax is now a reality for all Canadians — and that means food prices will be impacted. The federal carbon pricing scheme took effect in Ontario, New [...]

Poll: Canadians are Unequivocal, Want Trade Barriers Eliminated

March 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Poll: Canadians are Unequivocal, Want Trade Barriers Eliminated

AIMS was referenced in a media release by the Montreal Economic Institute detailing how "despite the Supreme Court's decision to maintain the status quo in the Comeau case, Canadians continue to strongly support the idea [...]

Tuition programs for private schools could supplement public schools

March 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Tuition programs for private schools could supplement public schools

AIMS author and educational consultant, Paul Bennett, was featured in a CBC article promoting tuition programs for private schools serving students with disabilities could reduce strain on public schools. The article also referenced Bennett's AIMS study Raising [...]

Selling the farm, and quotas

March 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Selling the farm, and quotas

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow)  Most people expected an electoral budget, and that is exactly what Canadians got. For the agrifood sector, the budget was underwhelming at best, and provided little hope for the [...]

Taking stock in Canada’s new food guide

March 21st, 2019|Comments Off on Taking stock in Canada’s new food guide

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) and Simon Somogyi (AIMS Author) As most people know, Health Canada released a new version of Canada’s Food Guide just a few weeks ago. Advocating a diet focused more [...]

A New Canadian Partnership: The promising opportunity for interprovincial free trade

March 13th, 2019|Comments Off on A New Canadian Partnership: The promising opportunity for interprovincial free trade

As Canadians, we earn our keep by trading. Millions of Canadian jobs contribute to our international trade, and those jobs, in turn, rely on Canadian businesses having secure access to many foreign markets. Canadians [...]

Huawei, SNC-Lavalin, canola and sick pigs

March 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Huawei, SNC-Lavalin, canola and sick pigs

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Relations between China and Canada have never been more uncertain. The SNC-Lavalin Affair has exposed the Trudeau government to attacks from Chinese authorities, who claim Canada has unfairly treated [...]

Saving Jell-O

February 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Saving Jell-O

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) If some were still looking for signs that the powerplay between brands and consumers is shifting, they got what they were looking for last week. Kraft Heinz, the owner [...]

Standardized testing still makes sense in P.E.I.

February 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Standardized testing still makes sense in P.E.I.

By Michael Zwaagstra (AIMS Research Fellow) P.E.I. plans to continue using standardized tests in schools and may even look to expand them. This should come as little surprise, particularly since a recent review by RMJ Assessments, [...]

Government needs to change thinking to find Muskrat Falls fix- Ed Hollett

February 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Government needs to change thinking to find Muskrat Falls fix- Ed Hollett

AIMS Senior Fellow Ed Hollett was featured on NTV arguing for the government to change the way it thinks about Muskrat Falls, saying the government needs to break down the project into its component parts [...]

Could guaranteed income help to cope with automation?

January 31st, 2019|Comments Off on Could guaranteed income help to cope with automation?

By Patrick Webber (AIMS Research Associate) The revolution of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will be one of the most profound economic shifts of this century. It is already well underway, and public policy must [...]

Canada’s Food Guide: A new dish, with a dash of condescension

January 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Canada’s Food Guide: A new dish, with a dash of condescension

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Calgary Business, 24 January 2019 Net News Ledger, 25 January 2019 Say goodbye to the four food groups; they are now gone. Almost 12 years after the launch of [...]

Listen: Postal Code Education

January 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Listen: Postal Code Education

Paul Bennett, AIMS author and education commentator, joined the Rick Howe Show to talk about what’s happening with Halifax Schools, and it’s been one year since the release of the Glaze Report. Listen tot he [...]

Listen: Electric cars, Muskrat Falls and more

January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Listen: Electric cars, Muskrat Falls and more

Hear Senior Fellow Ed Hollett discuss the on-going Muskrat Falls situation on CBC's On The Go with Ted Blades: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/on-the-go/episode/15665047

Raising the bar and closing the gap: schools, income, and student success

January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Raising the bar and closing the gap: schools, income, and student success

Student performance can be highly varied in school systems and differences among children and teens from different classes or groups, marked by income, ethnic, or racial disparities, are commonly termed the ‘achievement gap.’ While [...]

Canada Post union pitches low-income bank…but who pays the bill?

January 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Canada Post union pitches low-income bank…but who pays the bill?

In a recent CBC article discussing a series of proposals created by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, AIMS Vice President Alex Whalen was quoted saying "I don't think taxpayer interests would be served by those [...]

CPP Tax Hikes Doesn’t Help Workers

January 17th, 2019|Comments Off on CPP Tax Hikes Doesn’t Help Workers

By Matthew Lau (AIMS Author) The federal government began 2019 by taking a bigger bite out of workers’ paycheques, with the combined employer and employee CPP payroll tax rising from 9.9 percent of earnings to [...]

Food Guide: The end of the milk doctrine?

January 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Food Guide: The end of the milk doctrine?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Globe and Mail, 13 January 2019 It appears that the four food groups most Canadians know by heart are on their way out. Health Canada has announced it will [...]

Romaine calm: We now have a recall, but…

December 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Romaine calm: We now have a recall, but…

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Guardian, 24 December 2018 So, we finally went from a slew of alerts on romaine lettuce to a series of clear-cut recalls affecting various produce items, including romaine [...]

Listen: AIMS President Discusses Nova Scotia’s Interprovincial Trade Action

December 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Listen: AIMS President Discusses Nova Scotia’s Interprovincial Trade Action

For the 2pm hour, Marco Navarro Genie, President and CEO of AIMS, joined the Sheldon MacLeod show to discuss his recent departure from the Institute. What does that mean for him, and what [...]

Listen: Why is it so tough for craft brewers in Atlantic Canada?

December 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Listen: Why is it so tough for craft brewers in Atlantic Canada?

Craft Brewers in Nova Scotia feel they're being hampered by provincial policies, and Senior Fellow Ed Hollett knows why. Listen to him discuss the issue on the Sheldon MacLeod Show.

There is no Compelling Conservative Case for Carbon Taxes

December 16th, 2018|Comments Off on There is no Compelling Conservative Case for Carbon Taxes

By Matthew Lau (AIMS Author) Troy Media, 16 December 2018 Last month, a pair of headlines questioned how conservatives could possibly oppose a carbon tax. One column, by political scientist Jim Farney, ran in the [...]

Career Opportunity: President and CEO

December 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Career Opportunity: President and CEO

Career Opportunity President and Chief Executive Officer   About AIMS The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) is seeking its next President and CEO. Entering 25 years of operations, the Institute is a unique, independent, [...]

Opening the Taps

December 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Opening the Taps

  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 [...]

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