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Dr. David Robinson

Not paying the rent

Not paying the rent

One of the best things about teaching is that you actually learn more than your students do. I teach Natural Resource Economics at Laurentian University and I’ve learned a few strange things about Ontario’s mining policy.
What is it about three strikes that you don’t understand?

What is it about three strikes that you don’t understand?

Here we are halfway though the playoff game in Canada’s Export Industry League. Alberta’s Big Oil Consortium (BOC) has been whipping Central Canada Manufacturing (CCM). Energy exports have seen a $63.
Ghoulish thoughts

Ghoulish thoughts

The famous reading room of the British Library has a very high ceiling. Many deep thinkers worked there, including Wilde, Hayek, Stoker, Gandhi, Kipling, Orwell, George Shaw, Mark Twain, Lenin, Woolf, Rimbaud, H. G. Wells and Karl Marx.
A SNA-fu in the North

A SNA-fu in the North

The formula I use for this column is simple: take an issue relevant for Northern Ontario, add some real economics, and try to make it entertaining. Unfortunately, I want to talk regional accounting.
Northern MLAs: lead now or leave

Northern MLAs: lead now or leave

Northern MPPs have come to a time of reckoning. They hold the balance of power in Ontario. The five NDPers and one Conservative can change the North. In the next few months we get to see if they have the vision and the guts to act.
Who shall we follow?

Who shall we follow?

You can send your kid to camps that specialize in kayaking and leadership; martial arts and leadership; crafts, sailing and leadership; or leadership and horseback riding. Business schools offer programs in leadership.
My excellent plan for the Ring of Fire

My excellent plan for the Ring of Fire

Ontario’s northwest is one of the last great frontiers. It is a country-sized chunk of land still outside of the transportation network that links productive communities to the global economy.
Zombie slave of the tax brainworm

Zombie slave of the tax brainworm

He was infected with the brainworm when he unleashed it on the country. The brainworm infected millions more then. It helped him win the election, but at a terrible cost. Infected Canadians would never again be able to talk rationally about taxes.
Disappearing Northerners and the emerging North

Disappearing Northerners and the emerging North

Here is an update on the Northern Growth Plan. The population of Northern Ontario in 1991 was 822,000. Twenty years later almost 30,000 Northerners had disappeared. The population had fallen to 775,000.
Northern Ontario is a fossil with a future

Northern Ontario is a fossil with a future

Once upon a time Britain had a colony. And this unusual colony had a colony of its own. Then the colony-with-a-colony joined with other colonies and got some more colonies.