The Tax Changes for Small Businesses Won’t Amount To Much

The fussing over Finance Minister Morneau’s personal financial disclosures has distracted attention from the rather more important issue of the changes to proposals for taxing small business.

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Conflict of Interest

Suppose that in 2014 you were interested in building a new house, one more environmentally friendly than your current dwelling which, in any event, will be wearing out by the early 2020s.

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Another Bad Day for Electricity Customers in Nova Scotia

The energy from Muskrat Falls is not going to be available until at least 2020. But the transmission lines are all built at a cost exceeding $1.5 billion. You are going to pay the interest on that debt while we wait.

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Continuing Success in Tourism is Great, But There are Limits to What it Can Contribute

Nova Scotia has had another excellent year in tourism. Even better, the gains were focused outside of Halifax. Can the winning streak keep going?

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Addressing Issues with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples

British Columbia Premier John Horgan has made a difficult choice on a major hydroelectric project. As well as financial issues, it has a major impact on relations with Aboriginal groups. The financial considerations have determined his choice.

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Progress on Primary Care Access is Impeded by Bureaucracy

Access to primary care is a crucial issue for Nova Scotians. It can be improved by increasing the number of family physicians, and by helping them to become more productive. The track record on both is discouraging.

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Immigration Controls Fail When People Can Walk Across the Border

Well-managed immigration is hugely important to the success of Canada, and even more so to the viability of the Atlantic provinces. Read More »

Making Schools Work

The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions is steaming along. In the process of addressing particular issues, it is revealing some larger truths.
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CPP Changes: Don’t Pop The Champagne

The proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) were agreed to on June 20th by the federal government and all the provinces except Manitoba and Quebec. They are mildly useful, and will have some unexpected consequences.
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Building Boom

More than two years ago, one of Halifax’s prominent developers was asked whether he was worried about there being too much product on the drawing board, or already underway.

His response was, “Either we are all right or we are all crazy.”
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Transit Choices

A study of the possibilities for commuter rail is underway. It looks expensive. That is not the only option that should be considered. Read More »