Let’s Tone Down the Hyperbole and Have a Sensible Discussion of Minimum Wage

Last week, I participated in the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council panel discussion asking the question; what is the right minimum wage for Atlantic Canada? Certainly, one way to get to good public policy is asking the right question. Asking what the right minimum wage for the region is a fair academic question, but we should …

Shrinking the Size of Government is No Longer an Option – It’s Required

Atlantic Canada is facing serious challenges and we no longer have the option of kicking the can down the road. The demographic tsunami is upon us, and there is a looming financial crisis in that wave. With an aging workforce, there will be fewer potential workers and a shrinking tax base. This is compounded by …

Fall Back Up with Jonathan Torrens

Jonathan Torrens is probably best known currently for his roles of J-Roc in the popular television series Trailer Park Boys and CBC's current comedy Mr. D. His career, however, extends back into his high school years when he hosted the teen-oriented consumer affairs series Street Cents from 1989 until 1996. He then went on to host, co-produce and write for …

Fall Back Up with Denis Ryan

Denis Joseph Patrick Ryan. Irish musician turned successful businessman. He is one of Canada's leading performers, helping establish the modern form of traditional Celtic music throughout North America, England, and Australia. Denis was born in Newport, County Tipperary, Ireland, immigrating to Toronto in 1969. Eventually moving to St. John's, Newfoundland, he founded what became one …