The Beacon - May 20, 2017 | Volume XXIII, No. 10
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Good Morning!

It is a pleasure to reach you all from a beautiful weekend here in Halifax. The past week at AIMS has held some exciting news.

On Thursday, we released the first-ever AIMS Platform for Nova Scotia, coinciding with the present election campaign. This document was created after the Institute conducted interviews with several dozen leading minds in the province, who discussed economic challenges and proposed solutions. These surveys produced many inventive ideas for a better policy future in the province.

We have already received some great feedback and attention for this paper. Please have look at the information below and give our platform a read.

I also draw your attention to a piece we published this week by Irvin Studin, the President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions and a speaker for our AIMS on Campus program. Dr. Studin argues that Atlantic Canada has a strategic opportunity to capitalize on economic and political insecurity south of the border by inviting highly-skilled American migrants.

Tickets are selling fast for our upcoming lunch event in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. AIMS Chairman John Risley will speak about "scaling up" business growth in Atlantic Canada. 

As always, we appreciate your readership and support for Atlantic Canada's only independent, non-partisan think tank, supporting better public policy for all Atlantic Canadians. To assist with our efforts, please consider making a donation at

Until next time, Onward! 

Marco Navarro-Génie
President & CEO


Friends of AIMS presents...

Scaling Up Business Growth
in Atlantic Canada

with John Risley, O.C.
Sheraton St. John’s, NL
12 Noon Thursday, May 25

Lunch and admittance free for Friends of AIMS. For others, please visit our website for ticket details.




AIMS Platform for Nova Scotia

By Jackson Doughart and Alex Whalen 

This Spring, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) surveyed dozens of leading minds in Nova Scotia about the province’s future. Respondents discussed their concerns about Nova Scotia, including low growth, decaying public institutions, and demographic stagnation. To reverse decline, this group proposed many original and helpful insights for public policy reform.

>>> Read the AIMS Platform

LISTEN: Alex Whalen speaks with Sheldon MacLeod, News 95.7



Dispelling the P3 schools myth: setting the record straight

While the whole P3 experiment was, as commonly agreed, “a cautionary tale,” Dr. Paul Bennett shows the hollowness of unproven claims that it was all a “bad deal” >> Read More

The Atlantic Canada's opportunity for American immigration 

There is no shame in being explicit about Canada’s intention to capitalize on political and strategic uncertainty south of our border by recruiting some of the best to relocate northward. >> Read More

Lost Food Generation 

Most generations shaped their own food destiny, while Gen Xers just took what was available to them, without discriminating. Along the way, they became the lost food generation. >> Read More

New Brunswick’s rising, per-worker tax burden

by Patrick Webber


As an important voice in advocating fiscal prudence and market solutions, AIMS is a vital institution for Atlantic Canada. The political and economic issues facing the region cannot be resolved by a further regime of dependence on the rest of Canada, or by levying a harsher tax burden upon Atlantic citizens and businesses. Going forward, bringing public expenditure within the bounds of our means is the only way to ensure that the pillars of government in our region – healthcare, education, and public services – remain viable.

Your charitable contribution now will help us build a stronger legacy and make a difference in the lives of Atlantic Canadians. Please consider contributing to AIMS.

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