Province’s tire policy flip-flop is a slap at small business

Tires have historically been environmentally problematic sources of waste. Recently, however, technological advancements have led to much more efficient recycling by manufacturing construction materials, developing tire-derived fuels (TDF) and repurposing. When the province decided the direction for tire recycling, they chose the manufacture of Tire Derived Aggregate or TDA. It has a number of uses, …

Immigration Pilot a Good Start but Serious Problems Remain

Atlantic Canada’s impending demographic crisis is beginning to get some traction in government. Economists, statisticians, and public policy analysts have been sending up flares for 15 years, but only since the Ivany Report have we begun to see any meaningful activity. I remember attending a public policy forum around 2005 when now Professor Emeritus in …

Let’s Start Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis

In another 12 months, we'll be dealing with the real world impact of the federal government's legalization of marijuana. There are still lots of unanswered questions about how this will roll out. These are questions with huge economic and social implications. While the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has conducted only one survey of …