Social enterprise — it’s just smart money.

Originally published as a Letter to the Editor in The Telegram. Creating a better future requires smart investments today. But that can be difficult when government, organizations and individuals are struggling to pay the bills. The demand for Choices for Youth’s services has increased by 70 per cent over the last four years, and that…

The Provincial Ferry System

The future of NL’s communities serviced by ferries is a political minefield. Depending on your viewpoint, the geographic dispersion represented by these communities is our curse, or our defining and cherished characteristic. Discussion on the topic often devolves into caricatures of townie versus baymen, our future and our past. On one side is the hypocrisy of one…

So we’re $8 billion in debt? What’s a proud NLer to do?

All of the dialogue of late has been around what the government can do to address the $2-billion deficit and mounting debt. And rightfully so, as it’s government who controls the coffers, and their spending has risen almost 50% in the last ten years. But at the same time there are also parallel economic issues…

What’s the deal with sugar taxes?

    Proponents argue expanding sin taxes like those on alcohol and tobacco, to high sugar foods and drinks will reduce consumption. Or at least raise revenue to help fund treating the negative health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This sounds great in principle, but there are criticisms: Flat taxes of…

Atlantic Canadian Under 40 Leaders Summit

I recently had the privilege of being in Charlottetown for the Atlantic Canada 50 Under 40 Summit. I was excited by the prospect, but had no idea what I was in for. I thought I was headed to a conference, but the week was much more than that. The Summit brings together 50 young leaders…