New Brunswick out to prove Einstein was right

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result

New Brunswick out to prove Einstein was rightHALIFAX, N.S. July 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ - New Brunswick is in a tough economic position. Taxes are heavy, unemployment is high and people are leaving to find opportunity elsewhere. Unfortunately, the province has embraced policies – a mix of deficit spending, subsidies for hand-picked businesses as well as high taxes on families and businesses…

At least Atlantic Canada leads in something

Unfortunately, it's sales taxes

At least Atlantic Canada leads in somethingHALIFAX, N.S. July 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Three Atlantic provinces now share the country's highest sales tax rate. It is hardly a noteworthy distinction. On July 1, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador raised the tax two percentage points to 15 per cent, joining Nova Scotia, which increased its harmonized sales tax (HST) in…

Relationship between sugar and obesity isn’t what you think

A study from the University of Washington concluded that obesity drives sugar consumption – not the other way around

Relationship between sugar and obesity isn’t what you thinkHALIFAX, N.S. June 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The message over the last decade or so is that sugar is highly addictive and pushed by food producers to make us eat as much as possible. Sugar leads to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. It dries out our skin and makes us look old. It's poisonous,…

Atlantic First Nations lead on transparency

By ensuring revenues are wisely spent, transparency and accountability is of most benefit to First Nations communities

Atlantic First Nations lead on transparencyHALIFAX, N.S. June 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Atlantic Canada's First Nations are leaders in complying with salary reporting requirements of the federal government's First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). This law obliges Canada's 581 First Nations to publicly disclose band spending as well as salaries and expenses collected by chiefs and councillors. Its success…

Bad news keeps piling up for New Brunswick

From punitive tax strategies to moribund job creation to a weak education system, this provincial government seems intent on failure

Bad news keeps piling up for New BrunswickHALIFAX, N.S. June 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Are New Brunswick's challenges so overwhelming that the provincial government has given up trying to solve them? Or does the province believe decisions to reverse its grim economic position and troubling social indicators should be kicked down the road? After a recent provincial government announcement to permanently ban…

Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade deal

An east-west trade confederation would harmonize a variety of standards, saving time and money and removing roadblocks to economic growth

Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade dealHALIFAX, N.S. May 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The recent court decision acquitting Gérard Comeau portends well for free trade in Canada. According to the judge, the law that Comeau was accused of breaking – transporting liquor into New Brunswick – violates the constitutionality of free trade between the provinces, going back to 1867. Unfortunately, it…

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficulties

Instead, it has too few young workers due to a slow economy, caused largetly by government policies

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficultiesHALIFAX, N.S. May 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Ottawa's health-care funding model is failing. That, at least, is what Atlantic Canada's premiers tell anyone willing to listen. They want Ottawa to direct more health dollars to our region because we have an older population and a shrinking workforce. The premiers say we're being shortchanged. Premier Brian…

Good teachers matter more than small class size

Reducing class sizes is a costly initiative with little payback

Good teachers matter more than small class sizeHALIFAX, N.S. May 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Prince Edward Island opposition MLA Sidney MacEwen made headlines earlier this month when he challenged the government to enforce class-size limits. But the evidence shows such a move is costly and relatively fruitless in terms of academic gain. MacEwen, a Progressive Conservative, zeroed in on supposedly large kindergarten classes and called on the…

The war on obesity won’t be won with soft drink taxes

Taxes don't seem to impact soda sales over the longer term, but they do penalize consumers

The war on obesity won’t be won with soft drink taxesHALIFAX, N.S. May 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The fuss about soft drink taxes is all fizz and no substance. The media loves soft drink taxes. In 2014, after Mexico passed a 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks to fight obesity, the press coverage was almost universal in its praise and support. In Britain, The…

Why New Brunswick still won’t allow cross-border booze buying

Even in the face of a clear court ruling, the province seems intent on standing in the way of free trade

Why New Brunswick still won’t allow cross-border booze buyingHALIFAX, N.S. May 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Heads the province wins, tails you lose. This appears to be the response of the Gallant government to the recent court decision declaring as unconstitutional New Brunswick's longstanding restrictions on bringing alcohol for personal consumption into the province. The government has until the end of the month to…