A day in the life of Danny D'Amours

Employment and Unemployment in New Brunswick – October 2007

Last Friday, Statistics Canada released their latest Labour Force Information update. The headline results appear quite rosy. Nationally, 63000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate fell to a 33 year low of 5.8%. One highlighted detail is that most of the employment gains were in the health care and social assistance fields – taxpayer […]

November 8th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Business, Economics, Fredericton, New Brunswick | one comment

Is it really “Product of Canada”?

After waxing about Canadian apple juice not really being Canadian, I was quite pleased to see CBC’s Marketplace tonight discussing the same issue on a larger scale. The program examined some food products which are labeled as “Product of Canada” and attempts to trace where the main ingredients actually come from. The host Wendy Mesley, […]

October 24th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Atlantic Canada, Business, Economics | one comment

‘Made in Canada’ – via China

Where is your apple juice from? Following on from my earlier post about Open Farm Day, I did a bit more digging about the apple market and in particular importation of Chinese apple juice concentrate. I found an article ‘Made in Canada’ – via China on the Globe and Mail which discusses the issue (along […]

October 16th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Atlantic Canada, Business, Economics | 6 comments

Employment and Unemployment in New Brunswick – September 2007

Statistics Canada released the latest employment figures for the month of September 2007 last Friday. As I suggested last month, this month’s report would include numbers from a few large layoffs such as the UPM mill in Miramichi. Despite this, the provincial economy only lost 100 jobs in the month. This number does mask the […]

October 11th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Business, Economics, Fredericton, New Brunswick | one comment

New Brunswick Open Farm Day

Yesterday, for the third year in a row, the family and I went out to enjoy New Brunswick Open Farm Day. This annual event allows members of the public to tour farms throughout New Brunswick and hopefully get a better appreciation for the agricultural sector. Farms range from dairy operations to fruit orchards to an […]

September 25th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Atlantic Canada, Business, Economics | 7 comments

August unemployment rate up in New Brunswick: Good News???

On Friday the 7th Statistics Canada released the latest Canadian employment figures (The Daily, Friday, September 7, 2007. Labour Force Survey). Although the headline grabbing unemployment rate has gone up from 7.2% to 7.7% in August this masks very positive trends in the labour market. Employment has gone up by 1000 (rounded) jobs – a […]

September 10th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Atlantic Canada, Economics, Fredericton, New Brunswick | one comment

Good economic news for New Brunswick

I am quite happy to hear a few good news New Brunswick economic stories in the news lately. The biggest announcement has been Potash Corp.’s announcement that they will build a new potash mine in Sussex, New Brunswick. This construction phase of this project has an estimated cost of $1.7 billion and is projected to […]

August 23rd, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Atlantic Canada, Economics, Fredericton, New Brunswick | no comments

And the markets crumble down….

It looks like the markets are definitely in correction territory now. At one point today, the TSX was down over 500 points! Luckily for people still invested, it recovered to close “only” 200 points down on record volume of over 700 million shares. Financials and resource stocks seem to be the hardest hit as the […]

August 16th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Business, Economics | no comments

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