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Dr. David Robinson

Bob Rae, John Nash and innovation in the Ring of Fire

Bob Rae, John Nash and innovation in the Ring of Fire

My students should have paid me for giving them the chance to see Bob Rae in action. Not just because Rae is a professional negotiator and the class deals with Nash Bargaining theory.
Do sheep look up?

Do sheep look up?

It should be easy to write a quick summary of the economy of Northern Ontario. After all, I have been writing about the Northern economy for years. I am one of the so-called “experts” that the CBC calls for comments.
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.