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A lion of Nova Scotian economic development

I've been visiting a neighbour this summer: Robert Manuge, a name at the centre of a defining epoch in Nova Scotian economic history. At 89 and ailing, he's anxious to make a point about economic development then and now. Manuge was general manager of Industrial Estates Ltd., the economic development agency set up by premier Robert Stanfield in 1957. He invited me to his home at rural Lake Annis, Yarmouth County, to sift through a dozen thick scrapbooks assembled by IEL staff at the time.

Owning the podium, selling the stadium

The Harper government portrays itself as standing up for Canada, but it is preparing a major sell-off of Canadian interests that will compromise our cultural sovereignty, national identity and national security.

In last week's federal budget, the Harper government signalled its intent to throw open the doors of foreign ownership in three strategic, previously protected, sectors: telecommunications, satellites and uranium.

The issue here isn't foreign investment, which is allowed. At issue is a move to allow giant multinational conglomerates to come in and take over Canadian companies in these key sectors.



CEOs as Liberal Party thinkers

Michael Ignatieff did a well publicized tour of Canadian Universities in January. Judging from the list of 40 speakers he invited to address the upcoming Liberal thinkers conference March 26 to 28 in Montreal, he was not impressed: only one student is invited to speak (water activist Ryan Hreljac), and no younger faculty.

The Liberals went for business leaders: 11 CEOs will own the podium (sorry). In 2010, knowledge seemly increases with salary, and brains are best found in the biggest executive suite. Aside from Ryan Hreljac, education is represented by three University and College presidents, two business school heavies, two political scientists, a health scientist and an economist.

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| October 10, 2014

Groundswell: An alternative business school

July 8, 2014
| Groundswell offers youth an alternative to mainstream business education that aims to build a network of enterprises that cooperate rather than compete.
Length: 14:14 minutes (13.04 MB)
February 26, 2014 |
It’s time for the government to start listening to Canadians who are clearly asking for more oversight, not less.
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| January 3, 2014

From fracking to SNC-Lavalin: The truth about corporate kingpin Gwyn Morgan

One of the champions of Canada's right-wing corporate elite is finally calling it quits.

Gwyn Morgan, 66, is stepping down in May as Board Chairman of SNC-Lavalin, the troubled, giant engineering and construction firm trying to survive a series of scandals, a lack of public confidence, and fluctuating share values.

Morgan, one of the country's most prolific advocates of extreme neoliberalsm, has been in the hot seat during the greatest series of scandals ever at a Canadian company.


Google babble: Deal with search engine giant ushers in change to our online community

Babble 2.0

Search-engine giant Google Inc. and have come to an agreement regarding the purchase of the trademarked name "babble" for use on unified messaging platforms. Google revealed their intention last month to name their new cross-platform app "Babble," which would integrate many of the features currently employed across Android, Gmail, Google+ and Chrome web browser.


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