New Brunswickers should raise a glass to Gerard Comeau

New Brunswick has finally lowered its beer prices after a court challenge over punitive provincial trade barriers to the movement of alcohol. But the fight is far from over

New Brunswickers should raise a glass to Gerard Comeau
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New Brunswick has finally lowered its beer prices after a court challenge over punitive provincial trade barriers to the movement of alcohol. But the fight is far from over

NB needs a better funding formula for low-income students

The experience across Canada suggests little correlation between tuition rates and post-secondary education participation among low-income persons

NB needs a better funding formula for low-income students
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WEBBER: The experience across Canada suggests little correlation between tuition rates and post-secondary education participation among low-income persons

City-bound: the changing face of New Brunswick

As population declines outside of the province’s big three centres continues, it should force a rethink on how to nurture growth in rural areas

City-bound: the changing face of New Brunswick
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WEBBER: As population declines outside of the province’s big three centres continues, it should force a rethink on how to nurture growth in rural areas

N.B. on its way to building a more inclusive democracy

Electoral reform recommendations seek to build a bigger democratic tent and populate it with under-represented New Brunswickers

N.B. on its way to building a more inclusive democracy
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PASSARIS: Electoral reform recommendations seek to build a bigger democratic tent and populate it with under-represented New Brunswickers

Soda taxes all fizz, no substance in changing consumers’ habits

Such taxes do little to reduce consumption of targeted products, don't change health habits and can produce perverse, unintended consequences

Soda taxes all fizz, no substance in changing consumers’ habits
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WEBBER: Evidence suggests such taxes do little to reduce consumption of targeted products, don’t change health habits and can produce perverse, unintended consequences

Looking for affordable housing? Try Atlantic provinces

In an age of bloated house prices in many urban centres, Atlantic Canada's situation is enviable

Looking for affordable housing? Try Atlantic provinces
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DOUGHART, COX: In an age of bloated house prices in many urban centres, Atlantic Canada’s situation is enviable

Atlantic Canada doesn’t know what real austerity feels like

Spending has risen steadily in the last generation, and anti-austerity activists clearly need to regain their equilibrium

Atlantic Canada doesn’t know what real austerity feels like
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DOUGHART: Spending has risen steadily in the last generation, and anti-austerity activists clearly need to regain their equilibrium

New Brunswick must address its spending addiction

To maintain its high spending levels, the province has the highest income tax rates in North America and the highest sales tax rates in Canada

New Brunswick must address its spending addiction
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WEBBER: To maintain its high spending levels, the province has the highest income tax rates in North America and the highest sales tax rates in Canada

Atlantic Canada’s oversized public sector

Money can be saved by paring the size of the public sector, finding efficiencies, privatizing some services and controlling wages

Atlantic Canada’s oversized public sector
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NAVARRO-GENIE, DOUGHART: Money can be saved by paring the size of the public sector, finding efficiencies, privatizing some services and controlling wages

Cross-border beer and the case for in-Canada free trade

Free trade continues to be valued, as it was at Confederation, both for its economic benefits and its potential to promote Canadian unity

Cross-border beer and the case for in-Canada free trade
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LAVOIE: Free trade continues to be valued, as it was at Confederation, both for its economic benefits and its potential to promote Canadian unity