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Dr. David Robinson

Will a carbon price destroy the North?

Will a carbon price destroy the North?

One essential piece is missing from both the federal and provincial plans so far. Border Tax Adjustments are needed to keep Ontario business competitive.
Is Northern Ontario doomed?

Is Northern Ontario doomed?

Northern Ontario will be here long after Trump is gone, NATO collapses and China becomes the leading power in the world, but what will Northern Ontario be like in 50 years?
First Nations communities jumping into the 20th century

First Nations communities jumping into the 20th century

Local generation is real economic development. It creates permanent jobs and builds community capacity.
You can’t get there from here

You can’t get there from here

It is no good knowing where to turn if you aren’t in the driver’s seat.
The decline of the West

The decline of the West

Common Voice Northwest is worrying about the decline of the West. Not the decline of western civilization predicted by historian Oswald Spengler in 1918. Not even the decline of the U.S.A. heralded by Donald Trump.
The 20 people who can

The 20 people who can

The 20 people who matter most don’t know it yet. They have the power, but don’t see the problem. Let’s set the scene.
The climate plan and you

The climate plan and you

Are you are deeply attached to the synthetic testosterone you get from the roar of carefully tuned exhaust pipes? If you can live without it, you are going to love your new electric car. It will be quiet.
Cultural development of the North takes vision

Cultural development of the North takes vision

Jellsy-one-one arrived on Earth fairly recently. Jellsy brought a new way of thinking about the economy that we need here in Northern Ontario.
Northern Ontario’s real trade deficit

Northern Ontario’s real trade deficit

Here’s a trick question that everyone can answer. What is Northern Ontario’s most valuable export? The most valuable regional export is the 1,500 young people between 15 and 34 that leave the region every year. Let’s do a quick calculation.
Smack in the middle of a $15-billion muddle

Smack in the middle of a $15-billion muddle

Albertans think Energy East will save their economy. Environmentalists see Energy East as a foolish investment in the wrong kind of energy technology. Many Northerners see the pipeline as a serious environmental threat.