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 …

Cap and Trade for Nova Scotia Still Fuzzy for Small Business

The Nova Scotia government’s decision to go it alone with cap-and-trade to put a price on carbon raises more questions than answers. This spring, government released a discussion paper, looking for feedback. They gave less than a month for responses and you needed a degree in environmental science to make any sense of what was …

The Atlantic Provinces “special snowflake” syndrome.

The term “special snowflake” is generally used as a term of derision in the service industry. It comes from the term parents may use for their singularly wonderful child being “special”, like a “snowflake”. After being popularized in the 1999 movie Fight Club, the term has transmuted into a sneering reference to those who feel …

Economic barbed wire

Steps are being taken by Atlantic Canadian political leaders to dismantle a virtual wall erected between provinces over more than a century. by Jordi Morgan and Erin McGrath-Gaudet In perhaps one of the most memorable moments of his presidency, in 1987 Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin and implored Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev …