Newfoundland and Labrador faces fiscal crisis, other provinces should take note

April 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on Newfoundland and Labrador faces fiscal crisis, other provinces should take note

By Ben Eisen and Alex Whalen Among the many challenges emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, a worrying story has emerged from Newfoundland and Labrador and other provincial governments across the country should take notice.On March [...]

Employers must be allowed to temporarily lay off workers during COVID crisis

March 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Employers must be allowed to temporarily lay off workers during COVID crisis

Appeared in National Newswatch, March 27, 2020 By Alex Whalen and Niels Veldhuis Aside from the enormous health-related challenges due to the COVID-19 virus, employers and workers are feeling major economic pain with job loss, [...]

New Brunswick budget tackles debt but eschews meaningful tax relief

March 16th, 2020|Comments Off on New Brunswick budget tackles debt but eschews meaningful tax relief

Appeared in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner, March 16, 2020 By Jake Fuss and Alex Whalen Last week, the Higgs government tabled its 2020 budget. While the future of this government remains unknown, the budget highlights [...]

Federal government making up fiscal rules on the fly

January 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Federal government making up fiscal rules on the fly

Appeared in Calgary's Business, January 5, 2020By Alex Whalen and Jake Fuss 170923-D-DB155-040 Last month, before the holidays, the Trudeau government released its fall economic update, which revealed—among other issues—that Canada’s federal debt-to-GDP ratio increased, meaning [...]

Nova Scotia’s health-care wait times among longest in Canada

January 6th, 2020|Comments Off on Nova Scotia’s health-care wait times among longest in Canada

Appeared in the Chronicle Herald, December 24, 2019By Bacchus Barua and Alex Whalen Nova Scotians are worried about health care—and rightly so, as the province’s wait times are among the longest in the country. According [...]

New Brunswick’s high level of education spending produces relatively poor student performance

January 6th, 2020|Comments Off on New Brunswick’s high level of education spending produces relatively poor student performance

Appeared in the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, December 22, 2019By Tegan Hill and Alex Whalen Policymakers in New Brunswick too often take the mistaken view that more spending on education means better results. In reality, the [...]

The Size of NL’s Public Sector

October 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on The Size of NL’s Public Sector

AIMS' study The Size and Cost of Atlantic Canada's Public Sector was referenced in a CBC Newfoundland article by former Premier Brian Peckford on federal assistance for the province. "...our spending is out of control, [...]

Vaping and Teen Health: How Kids Got Hooked and Schools Got Caught Off-Guard

October 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Vaping and Teen Health: How Kids Got Hooked and Schools Got Caught Off-Guard

By Paul W. Bennett (AIMS Education Fellow) A New Brunswick principal, Brad Sturgeon of Fredericton’s Leo Hayes High School, has broken the silence and rung the alarm bell over the rapid spread of vaping among [...]

To keto or not to keto?

September 24th, 2019|Comments Off on To keto or not to keto?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Are you on the ketogenic diet? Apparently, many people are, or have tried it in the last year or so. It is possibly the most popular dietary trend in [...]

Finding Your Personal Health Information

September 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Finding Your Personal Health Information

By Dr. David Zitner (AIMS Senior Health Policy Fellow) Most businesses encourage clients to electronically access their own information because consumers value the efficiency and convenience of electronic access. Unfortunately, the Nova Scotia Department of [...]

Economists Say Subsidy For Student Jobs Shouldn’t Vary So Greatly Across The Country

September 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Economists Say Subsidy For Student Jobs Shouldn’t Vary So Greatly Across The Country

News outlet Huddle quoted AIMS Vice President Alex Whalen in an article discussing the release of our study Rethinking Student Job Subsidies: The Case For Regional Equity in the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Read the [...]

Beyond coffee?

September 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Beyond coffee?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Bean-less coffee is a thing now and could hit the market as early as next year. Our summer was marked by key announcements from major food chains who have [...]

AIMS Canada Summer Jobs Paper quoted in Calgary Herald

September 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on AIMS Canada Summer Jobs Paper quoted in Calgary Herald

AIMS' study Rethinking Student Job Subsidies: The Case For Regional Equity in the Canada Summer Jobs Program was quoted in an article from the Calgary Herald discussing federal grant money allocation. Read here: https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/study-argues-alberta-short-changed-by-canada-summer-jobs-funding-allocation

Reform is needed to the Canada Summer Jobs

September 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Reform is needed to the Canada Summer Jobs

AIMS VP Alex Whalen joined the Sheldon MacLeod Show to discuss AIMS' latest study  Rethinking Student Job Subsidies: The Case For Regional Equity in the Canada Summer Jobs Program and why the Canada Summer Jobs [...]

Celebrate labour, not labour unions

September 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Celebrate labour, not labour unions

By Matthew Lau (AIMS Author) Labour Day is a day, as its name suggests, to celebrate labour. This is entirely appropriate; labour is a necessary input for the production of goods and services on which [...]

Rethinking Student Job Subsidies: The Case For Regional Equity in the Canada Summer Jobs Program

August 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Rethinking Student Job Subsidies: The Case For Regional Equity in the Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canada Summer Jobs Program is the federal government’s primary initiative for subsidizing work for the student-age population during off months at educational institutions. Recently, the program has come under scrutiny for Ottawa’s decision [...]

AIMS VP comments on Saint John road toll proposal

August 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on AIMS VP comments on Saint John road toll proposal

AIMS Vice President, Alex Whalen, expressed views on the Saint John road toll proposal in the Telegraph Journal. Read the article here: https://tj.news/greatersaintjohn/101024609

Eliminating bridge toll bad public policy, says AIMS VP

August 21st, 2019|Comments Off on Eliminating bridge toll bad public policy, says AIMS VP

In an article by CBC PEI, AIMS VP Alex Whalen was quoted in regards to the Confederation Bridge's toll, saying any change in the contract with the company that operates the bridge would likely be [...]

Is the kitchen stove the next sewing machine?

August 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Is the kitchen stove the next sewing machine?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) For many of us, the kitchen has been a sacred place in our home. In fact, it has been referred to as the heart of the home. But it [...]

Should the Confederation Bridge keep the toll?

August 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Should the Confederation Bridge keep the toll?

AIMS Vice President Alex Whalen discussed his views on the Confederation Bridge's toll with CBC PEI, contending that maintaining the toll for users was the fairest way to fund the bridge. Listen here:

Gouging, government policies blamed for B.C. gas price spikes

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Gouging, government policies blamed for B.C. gas price spikes

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies was referenced in an article from the Vancouver Courier in regards to how "regulated prices in four Atlantic provinces have resulted in consumers in Atlantic Canada paying more for [...]

Drugs coming out of Canada are Reimportation

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Drugs coming out of Canada are Reimportation

AIMS' 2007 study Drug Re-importation in North America and Europe: An Overview by Brian Ferguson was referenced in an article by the Epoch Times discussing the reality of drug imports from Canada to the United [...]

Tolls the fairest way to fund the bridge

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Tolls the fairest way to fund the bridge

By Alex Whalen (AIMS Vice President) The recent campaign to remove tolls on the Confederation Bridge is a popular policy topic where rhetoric has become misguided. Prince Edward Island Senator Percy Downe has pushed to [...]

The Cashless Food Economy

August 9th, 2019|Comments Off on The Cashless Food Economy

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) According to a recent survey by Payments Canada, 42 per cent of consumers use cash fewer than four times a month when purchasing food. A year ago, it was [...]

Rigid focus on seniority hurts teachers and students

August 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Rigid focus on seniority hurts teachers and students

By Michael Zwaagstra (AIMS Fellow) Imagine you are a public school principal. You need to hire a teacher and you have two applicants who meet the basic job requirements. The first applicant has ten years [...]

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