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Dr. David Robinson

Slavery, war, and the Ontario election

Left is left and right is right, and never the twain shall meet, to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling. Of course it isn’t true anymore. You may have noticed that the Conservatives and the NDP have the same tax policies and similar environmental policies.

Party Time in the North

Ontario goes to the polls on Thursday, October 6, 2011. As a publicly-minded Northern economist, I feel it is my duty to dig into the party platforms for proposals that will promote economic development in the North.

The coming dark age

The Dark Age begins in less than 10 years. Sometime before 2021, southern Ontario will begin rolling brownouts and plant closures. It will happen in the summer because Torontonians really need their air conditioners.

Global trends and the price of northern Ontario

If Northern Ontario were a company its stock would be shooting up. The stockholders would be getting rich. You shouldn’t get too excited though – you own a lot less than one 100,000th of one percent of the stock in the company.

A Tale of Two Norths

Planning for the provincial North is suddenly very popular. Ontario delivered its plan March 4. Quebec presented Plan Nord May 9. Saskatchewan is working on a northern plan. Manitoba’s is redoing its 2000 Northern Development Strategy.

You probably don’t exist

You probably think you live in Northern Ontario. According to Statistics Canada there is no Northern Ontario, just Ontario. If you are attached to your identity as a citizen of Northern Ontario, you don’t exist.

Growth Plan better than it looks

There is little enthusiasm for the so-called Northern Growth Plan. Public comments are lukewarm.

Why the North doesn’t change.

The straw that breaks the camel's back is always a surprise. It is always a surprise when the worm turns. It was a surprise when a popular insurrection began in Egypt, even though we all knew that change had to come some day.

Elect me!

I am very pleased to accept the nomination for the position of First Minister for our new regional government. As first minister I will serve the people of Northern Ontario faithfully and, I hope, long.

The social capital of the North

Where would you go to find the social capital of the North? That depends on whether you are looking for a party or looking for the resources to make the North a better place to live. “Social Capital” is the Moby Dick of the social sciences.