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,…

The bear will have a tall skinny Americano to go please …

As urban sprawl intensifies, we shouldn’t be too surprised when displaced wildlife decides to take a tour through town on their way to a new place of residence

The bear will have a tall skinny Americano to go please …Residents of my small town had mixed feelings when they learned a few years ago that a complex of big-box stores would be developed at the edge of town. Small business owners worried that customers would be lured away from their shops and their businesses would fail. Others argued that by having more local choices, residents…

Atlantic Canada’s golden opportunity for American immigration

Tell them Atlantic Canada is building, and that they will be key players in the growth of Canada’s most beautiful region as it prepares for the 21st century

Atlantic Canada’s golden opportunity for American immigrationAtlantic Canada should move quickly to capitalize on political and strategic uncertainty south of the border by identifying, seducing and recruiting some of the best and brightest Americans to relocate northward. Encouraging this migration should be the key element of a Canadian strategy shaped by Americans’ uneasiness about the new administration of President Donald Trump. For Atlantic Canada,…

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …

... the government should take this opportunity to firm up its balance sheet, pay down some debt and give relief to Islanders who need it

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …The P.E.I. government’s 2017 budget includes a rare and welcome projection: a balanced budget. In the past decade, across all of Atlantic Canada and party lines, surpluses have been few and far between. Deficits have also become fashionable at the federal level. Given this environment, the Prince Edward Island government deserves credit for getting back to…

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spending

Provincial governments have been spending more money to educate a smaller number of students

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spendingBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Feb. 24, 2017/ Troy Media/ - With governments across Canada preparing to release their budgets, Canadians can expect headlines announcing new government spending on this or that initiative. But in all the hoopla, what is often overlooked is the harsh reality that governments do…

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 provincesBy Jackson Doughart Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Wendell Cox Demographia HALIFAX, N.S. Feb. 1, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Every year, news magazines and websites publish "best city" lists, ranking global cities that are the most attractive places to live. Unfortunately, most middle-class people couldn't afford to live in the cities that top these…

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 likeHALIFAX, N.S. Dec. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It's nearly impossible these days to have a conversation about public finance without someone crying "Austerity!" This term has become the meme of choice for political actors, activists and commentators who oppose any reductions to government spending. You'd think that Atlantic Canada, with its generous government programs…

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 sectorBy Marco Navarro-Génie and Jackson Doughart Atlantic Institute for Market Studies HALIFAX, N.S. Dec. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Atlantic Canada employs public sectors larger than the national average, to the detriment of the region's economies. Public policy choices mean that provincial and municipal governments have large commitments in civil servants' salaries and benefits. The task of shrinking…

Political change? Nowhere in the Canadian breezes

If you hold power now, chances are you will continue to do so

Political change? Nowhere in the Canadian breezesTORONTO, Ont. Sept. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Change? No thanks. It's the end of summer, politically. Legislatures will soon back in session. How are the major players doing? Out in B.C., Christy Clark owns the strongest economy in the federation. However much the B.C. NDP try to lay a glove on her, they can’t.…