Alternative Budget Provides path for Nova Scotia to Move Forward to Fairness

Last week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS) released its flagship annual publication, the Nova Scotia Alternative Budget (NSAB). This report brings together a wide range of experts, including economists, social scientists, community representatives and social advocates who propose a more inclusive, long-term and forward-thinking approach to the…
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Nova Scotian Workers Need Improved Standards

“Workers in Nova Scotia are worse off economically than they were a quarter century ago.  For the most part, this deterioration in wages happened at the same time that the economy of the province vigorously increased the wealth it generated.”  Now, Nova Scotia has the second-lowest average weekly earnings of…
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Facts and Evidence versus Threats and Hyperbole: Dissecting Business’ Case Against First Contract Arbitration

The recent debate in Nova Scotia surrounding proposed first contract arbitration (FCA) legislation offers revealing truths about the contemporary relationship between labour and capital in Atlantic Canada.  Arguments recently presented by the business community to the Law Amendments Committee against FCA can be summarized as follows: – FCA could hurt…
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Hunger Count 2011: Canada’s East Coast

In case you missed them, the recent food bank usage numbers are staggering.  Compiling data from March 2011, Food Banks Canada’s Hunger Count found that Food Banks across the country served 851, 014 people, or about 2.5% of the total population. The Hunger Count is an important tool in gauging the…
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