Increased regional co-operation is an important part of the solutions to what ails Atlantic Canada

Jin Liqun, the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank said it best: "Regional co-operation and global cooperation helps everybody, a rising tide lifts all boats." Surely this analogy is not lost on Atlantic Canadians. Why then, with decades of evidence pointing to its benefits, do we continue to put parochial and political interests ahead …

Fall Back Up with Jim Spatz

Jim Spatz is the Chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties Limited, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading real estate developers. Southwest owns, operates and develops residential and commercial real estate in Atlantic Canada, extended stay accommodations across Canada, as well as multi-unit residential portfolios in four Florida cities. Recently, Southwest completed The Maple, a residential hi-rise …

Help Wanted

A group of senior federal Ministers were in Summerside recently along with the Atlantic premiers to talk about the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The AGS has a number of moving parts but immigration has been a central cog. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project (AIPP) has great potential, but businesses across the region need encouragement to buy …

Proposed Tax Changes Remain an Ongoing Battle

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is being widely criticized for not meeting with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Why he chooses not to accept direct input from CFIB which represent 110,000 small- and medium-sized business is puzzling, especially in light of the ongoing issues tied to his government's proposed tax changes. This time last …

Are Mental Health Issues Best Managed by Putting People Off the Job?

Recently I was involved in a lively discussion about the provincial government’s new plans to change how first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are managed under Workers’ Compensation (WCB). Everyone in the room had a working knowledge of the current system and it was clear there are still many unanswered questions about how …