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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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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