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Dr. David Robinson

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.
The Idiot’s Guide to Being a resource minister

The Idiot’s Guide to Being a resource minister

Here is some bedtime reading for Claude Gravelle, Greg Rickford and Kyle Fawcett. The Three Amigos are the most influential resource ministers in Canada. Mr. Gravelle and Mr. Rickford are familiar to Northerners.
Pan-Northern crib cards for the third string

Pan-Northern crib cards for the third string

Who is responsible for the prosperity of Northern Ontario? The feds? Not likely. Northern Ontario is resource-based, and natural resources are a provincial matter. Constitutionally, the province is responsible for Northern Ontario’s development.
Lies we wish were true

Lies we wish were true

Here is a fantasy about Northern development and the Ring of Fire. Everyone in the story really exists. Not a single event in the story has happened — yet.
Make no little plans, my son

Make no little plans, my son

As an economist, I often get calls from the media about national and provincial issues. As an economist who studies economic development in Northern Ontario, I don’t get many calls.
We could have been a contender

We could have been a contender

I had a question I wanted to ask philosopher Adam Smith. Smith spent a lot of time thinking about why some countries are rich and others, with the same resources, are poor.
Dead man walking

Dead man walking

The online Urban Dictionary defines a “dead man walking” as “an employee who is certain to be fired in the near future.
You asked for it

You asked for it

On April 8, 2013, Ron Johnson was fired as the CEO of J.C. Penney. Johnson was the guy who basically invented the Apple store. His stores made more money per square foot than any retail operation in history. Johnson was a retail genius.
Make it so, Number One

Make it so, Number One

The 21st century can be Ontario’s century. The Ontario we know is already an astonishing success. It is one of the richest, most peaceful, best educated and most productive regions in the world.
Michael Gravel, meet the Wizard of Dev

Michael Gravel, meet the Wizard of Dev

Let’s imagine that our beloved minister of Northern development and mines, Michael Gravelle, decides to consult one of the world’s leading experts on development for areas like Northern Ontario.