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Dr. David Robinson

Government for dinosaurs

As Northern Ontario’s conservative, Tony Clement hasn’t been very effective in influencing federal policy.

Off with their heads (09/06)

Back in 1291 the Venetians used their secret police to promote the economy. They forced all the Venetian glassmakers to move to the nearby island city of Murano.

Is there anyone in Northern Ontario? (08/06)

Let me try to convince you that Northern Ontario is uninhabited. It is a theory that explains a lot about the way the North is run.

Investing in community: It’s the new capitalism (07/06)

The Government of Canada is doing it. The Government of Australia is doing it too. Let’s do it here in Northern Ontario. And just what is it? Governments are trying to figure out how to use a new economic concept to promote economic development.

There is a hole in your budget dear Tony (06/06)

Analysts across the country have accepted Gilles Duceppe’s analysis of the May second federal budget: It’s the next one that counts. Northerners should be glad, because the current budget has a big hole in it where Northern Ontario should be.

You can’t steer looking backwards: Nuclear in the North (05/06)

Predicting the future is easy if you are looking at the right signals, but it is hard to know which signals to look at. A cab driver I met in Denver last week might have been sending us one of those signals.

Auditing the Corporation of Northern Ontario (04/06)

Ryan Minor is an accountant. Accountants like to think about money in and money out, and Ryan is especially interested in money going in and out of Northern Ontario.

Making the North a forestry superpower (03/06)

When it comes to forestry, we’re a superpower” says Brian Emmett, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Canadian Forest Service. Canada is the third largest forest nation - with Russia first and Brazil second. We have 17 per cent of the world’s forests.

Do you want to live forever? Buy a chair (02/06)

Sir Edward Robert Peacock was the son of a minister in Glengarry County, Ontario. He made a lot of money in business and figured out how to live forever. His story might interest Northern Ontario Business’ most successful and civic-minded readers.

Holiday homework: fix forestry in 40 years (01/06)

Almost every report on the Northern Ontario economy includes the phrase “value-added wood products”.