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Dr. David Robinson

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.
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.