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Dr. David Robinson

Northern Growth Plan: stuck in the twilight zone

Northern Growth Plan: stuck in the twilight zone

  Here in Ontario's Twilight Zone, words have strange meanings, plans are not plans, empty talk is bold action, growth is declining population.
Vote Elinor Ostrom for premier

Vote Elinor Ostrom for premier

Northern Ontario's forestry tenure system is broken. The province has finally admitted the fact and is reviewing the entire system. It is time for new leadership. That's why I nominate Elinor Ostrom for premier of Northern Ontario.
Dark horses and tenure reform

Dark horses and tenure reform

A “dark horse' is a horse that wins when the experts don’t think it is even in the running. Northern Ontario has a dark horse in a race that is not getting enough attention. The horse is called Community Forestry.

Please Mr. Tax Man, let me sin no more

What would you think if someone told you that pensions encourage people to live too long? It sounds like a line from the popular British comedy series, “Yes, Prime Minister.
New ideas about old problems

New ideas about old problems

New ideas about old problems For 115 years the Royal Economic Society has been trying to figure out why some countries are rich and some are poor. The most recent issue of their journal presents two new theories that apply in Northern Ontario.
Ontario Hydro and the CIA

Ontario Hydro and the CIA

You drive halfway across Ontario to enter the sustainable energy sweepstakes. You arrive at the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the parking lot is completely jammed with BMWs.

Northern Ontario in the creative age

Toronto’s gurus have spoken. Richard Florida, and Roger Martin have produced a two-million-dollar, thirty-five page document entitled “Ontario in the Creative Age." It calls on Premier McGuinty to “Make the mega-region as strong as it can be.

A pipeline that has panic attacks

The financial system is like a pipeline. It delivers money instead of oil. The big difference is that when an oil pipeline springs a leak everyone tries to get someone else to patch it.

The incredible economists

Any time an economist opens his mouth nowadays, someone puts a microphone in front of it. Economists seem to be everywhere.

Beer ads and tax policy

Beer ads try to connect with your lizard brain. They sneak signals past the prefrontal cortex to the places that deal with food, fear and sex. It's sneaky, but it works.