About

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Alec Bruce is one of Atlantic Canada’s most-read, most-esteemed journalists. Currently daily current affairs columnist for the Moncton Times & Transcript, and New Brunswick columnist for Atlantic Business Magazine, Alec has held senior staff positions at the Globe and Mail (national, city and business sections), Report on Business magazine, the Financial Times of Canada, Commercial News magazine, and the Moncton Times & Transcript.

Alec won a Silver Award in the “Commentary” category of the 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards. This followed a Silver Award in the “Best Magazine Profile” category of the 2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards, and two Gold Awards for “Best Magazine Article” and “Commentary” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards. He won Gold Awards for “Regular Column” in both the 2011 and 2010 Tabbies International Editorial & Design Awards.

In 2009, he won two Silver Awards in the “Best Magazine Article” and “Best Business Reporting” categories of the Atlantic Journalism Awards. In 2009, he earned a Top-Ten Honourable Mention for “Feature Writing” in the Tabbies International Editorial & Design Awards. In 2008, he won the Gold Award for “Commentary” in the Atlantic Journalism Awards. In 2007, he won two back-to-back Silver Awards in a single category, “Best Magazine Article”. In 2006, he won the Gold Award for “Commentary” in the Atlantic Journalism Awards. And, in 2006, he was a Top-Ten finalist in the Kenneth R. Wilson National Business Writing Awards. Alec writes for newspapers, magazines and online publications. He also writes books.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Alec

    As you might expect, I loved your column “Fail to the Chief…”, especially Barbara Bush’s “We’ve had enough Bushes”

    Bill

  2. Mark Hammer says:

    RE: All the data that’s not fit to print

    I think one needs to distinguish between two entirely separate issues (though I’ll get to their link momentarily). One of the issues concerns the wisdom of shifting from the mandatory long-form census to the voluntary National Household Survey. And there, I think, former Chief Statistician Munir Sheik has pretty much summarized my feelings on the matter.

    The other concern revolves around the disruption at Statistics Canada resulting from the staff cutsn in response to Budget 2012. As you can see here – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/12/pol-federal-job-cuts-tracker.html – StatsCan was among the hardest hit in the first wave of cuts. Other departments may well end up laying off more in the long run, but StatsCan’s knife was sharpest at the outset.

    To be fair, some of those cuts were likely temporary staff, hired specifically for the data-collection and data-processing of Census 2011. But there were a lot of other cuts as well. Staff that were declared surplus in one part of the organization were sometimes placed in another part. In short, there was a LOT of shuffling around, which undoubtedly affected the smoothness and seamlessness of operations. They’re not hamstrung, but they did experience an organizational fender-bender, and I expect that was the source of the recent delay-of-release.

    As for the linkage, you will note that the abandonment of the long form happened under Tony Clement as Industry Minister, and the workforce reduction is also happening under Tony Clement, as Secretary of the Treasury Board. The guy “gets around”.

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