Halifax can be a living wage leader

Halifax City Council should heed their staff’s recommendation to “engage external stakeholders and conduct further investigation on whether or not to adopt an employee compensation/living wage policy for Council’s consideration.” There is enough evidence in Canada that becoming a living wage employer is possible for municipalities — indeed, they can…
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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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Economic Prosperity, Social Justice and Environmental Protection Can Co-Exist: Nova Scotia Alternative Budget is proof

An Open Letter to the Nova Scotia Minister of Finance Today is the deadline for Nova Scotians to submit their ideas for this year’s provincial budget. This letter was sent along with our alternative budget as CCPA-NS’ ideas for what the government can and must do differently. Dear Minister Delorey;…
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Unequal partners: Power, profit and the public interest in P3s

Here we are again reviewing the evidence that private business can deliver essential public services and infrastructure at less cost and with better results than the public sector. With the recent federal government announcement of the public infrastructure bank public-private partnerships (p3s), it is now seeking to reassure Canadians that…
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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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