Standing on guard for human rights critical to a civil society

The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission celebrates 50 years of exemplary work, but much more can be done to allow citizens to move ahead

Standing on guard for human rights critical to a civil societyThe New Brunswick Human Rights Commission celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It’s a appropriate time to celebrate the commission’s accomplishments and acknowledge that more can – and should – be done. Founded in 1967, it was one of the first human rights commissions in Canada. Today, every province and territory, and the federal jurisdiction…

Trudeau’s small business tax grab will hit Atlantic Canada hard

Ottawa’s plan is confiscatory and destructive for a region where everyone already pays far too much in tax

Trudeau’s small business tax grab will hit Atlantic Canada hardImagine for a moment you live in Saint John, or Halifax or any other city, town or hamlet in Atlantic Canada. For years, you resisted the temptation to advise your children and grandchildren to move away from the region, even though opportunities, jobs and decent incomes are in short supply. Nevertheless, you long encouraged your…

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic Canada

Controls were intended to ease consumer anger over rare but large price fluctuations. But government isn’t meant to be an anger management therapist

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic CanadaGasoline price controls are a major burden for the minor benefit of having less mercurial cost fluctuations. Government policies are often contradictory. This isn’t directly the result of conspiracy or ill intent. Governments are no different than individuals. We all embrace beliefs that sometimes contradict others we hold. To eliminate these contradictions, Atlantic Canadian governments…

A Canadian delicacy claws its way back into the market

Lobster is so popular these days, McDonald's ditched its McLobster due to higher prices. Still, things are looking up for the 'chicken of the sea'

A Canadian delicacy claws its way back into the marketLobsters are not easy on the eyes. The first person to discover that these hideous crustaceans were edible deserves a medal. Lobster was once the poor man’s protein and fed mainly to prisoners. These days, the chicken of the sea is enjoying more love than ever – U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel…

Minimum wage prices low-skilled workers out of a job

Governments should abolish the fruitless minimum wage if they want to do right by young and low-income persons

Minimum wage prices low-skilled workers out of a jobHigh unemployment in Atlantic Canada is a longstanding problem. For over four decades, unemployment rates have consistently exceeded the national rate. It is critical for the provinces to reduce barriers to work. Yet governments do the opposite when they raise the legislated minimum wage, as all four Maritime provinces did last April. With each increase,…

Mapping the route to more effective health care

To improve value and spur innovation, we need to change the way we pay for health care by encouraging those providers who experiment and innovate

Mapping the route to more effective health careHealth care costs the public sector about $160 billion a year in Canada, a higher per-capita cost than most industrialized nations. Yet Canadians are not markedly healthier, nor do we receive better care. The Commonwealth Fund has ranked Canada 10th out of 11 developed nations for the efficiency of our health-care system (only the United States…

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 studentsHALIFAX, N.S., April 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – New Brunswick needs to look for better options to improve access to post-secondary education. Last year, the provincial government launched the Tuition Access Bursary (TAB). The bursary provides funding for up to the full cost of tuition at public universities and community colleges. It’s available to students from…

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 BrunswickHALIFAX, N.S., April 6, 2017 /Troy Media/ – New Brunswick is often thought of as a rural place, aided by the absence of a single large urban centre. This sets it apart from the other three Atlantic provinces, which all have one dominant city. Figures from the 2016 census suggest things may be changing. New Brunswick's urbanization…

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 democracyFREDERICTON, N.B. Mar. 14, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Democracy only works if all citizens have an equal role in the process. New Brunswick is working diligently to ensure that equality remains entrenched. The province has completed the first stage of its electoral reform journey. Earlier this month, an independent commission submitted a list of recommendations for reform.…

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’ habitsHALIFAX, N.S. March 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) has released the results of a survey about various health-related public policies. Chief among its recommendations is a tax on sugary drinks. At first glance, the logic of a soda tax appears to be sound. Higher costs on unhealthy food items…