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Dr. David Robinson

Turning a problem upside down

Turning a problem upside down

Message for Liz Sandals, the new minister of education: we can solve the great labour market problems. You’re facing panic in the land.
Of course I am listening, darling

Of course I am listening, darling

Kathleen Wynne made her first serious mistake in dealing with Northern Ontario even before she became premier. Asked wheth­er she supported regional government for the North, she said no. She said she didn’t want to support Northern separation.
The buggy whip industry

The buggy whip industry

Henry Ford once said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” It is interesting to think about how Henry would have run Northern Ontario’s forest tenure reform.
A map of the future

A map of the future

As minister of northern development and mines, Rick Bartolucci has published the most important development map of Northern Ontario. It isn’t a map of what he is doing, or even what he plans to do-this map shows what others have stopped doing.
To see ourselves as others see us

To see ourselves as others see us

Did you ever wonder what a Northerner is, deep down in the southern mind? Image matters in politics. Why else would Mr. Harper spend millions to destroy the image of Liberal leaders? If you can’t control your image, you can’t control your future.
One big bad number

One big bad number

There is an economic number that is giving me nightmares. I stumbled on the number in an article by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone in July. He got it from a London research organization called Carbon Tracker Initiative.

Time for Northerners to take charge

The Ministry of Finance has produced the real Northern Growth Plan Ontario. It is called the “Ontario Population Projections Update.” This is the document that will direct most planning decisions for the province.

Cut the forests down now

As an economist I don’t make predictions about climate change. I do try to understand what climate change means for the economy, though, because I need to know where the climate is going to make predictions about the Northern economy.

The Municipal Act makes you stupid

Last month I talked about Christmas presents for politicians. Here is another: Perverse Cities by Pamela Blais, is the perfect gift for your local council member. The book has a great subtitle: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy and Urban Sprawl.

The models are good enough: 2050 and all that

Tip the globe so you are looking down on the North Pole. It is surrounded by seven countries. The Northern Rim Countries (NORCs), are the USA, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland and Canada.