From the ground up: Building a successful Early Learning and Child Care System in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia government has announced that it will introduce a new free pre-primary program for children turning four by the end of December 2017. While there are many reasons to be concerned about the implementation of this program, the good news is that the government is investing in the…
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Income Assistance in Nova Scotia: From last resort to repairing the social safety net

While it is easy to get distracted by rhetoric during an election campaign, people want and need to understand how party platforms would affect their lives and communities in tangible terms. One of the issues discussed in the election campaign is income assistance. The Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2017 provides…
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Further investment is needed now to end child poverty

25 years ago, Canada adopted the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child. Among the rights enumerated in that Convention, children have a right: to learn, to play, to nutritional food, to a home. And, yesterday marked 27 years since the Canadian House of Commons unanimously passed a…
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Nova Scotia and the Carbon Tax: Build on Early Actions, Prepare for our Green Future

The government of Nova Scotia isn’t happy with the federal government’s carbon pricing plan. The Nova Scotia Environment Minister walked out of a federal-provincial meeting, and the Premier is asking the feds to recognize earlier reduction efforts. The Premier’s line suggests the federal policy is unfair to Nova Scotia, yet…
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Federal tax policies, provincial problems

Many Government of Canada policies affect provincial governments, directly or indirectly. One of the most important areas is taxation – the life-blood of the body politic. How has this issue been discussed in this federal election?  Living within whose means?  We are constantly told that governments must “live within our…
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