Halifax Convention Centre Myth-Busting

On Tuesday, April 29 at Halifax City Hall, the Mayor and Council will (perhaps for the last time) hear from the public and debate the merits of supporting the construction of the proposed new downtown Halifax convention centre. Before the governments of Canada, Nova Scotia, and HRM give at least…
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Nova Scotia Nurses are Pulling the Red Cord

Nurses in Nova Scotia are on the picket lines today in a legal strike. They are expected to be out until the government passes essential services legislation. Bill 37, Essential Health and Community Services Act, is a sly attempt to achieve two things: Effectively remove the right to strike (the…
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Nova Scotia: We Have Everything We Need to Succeed

Preamble: The concluding piece in this year’s Alternative Provincial Budget for Nova Scotia is written by Larry Haiven, who is Professor of Management, Saint Mary’s University. He has been involved in the alternative budgets for at least a decade. Larry wrote this when the Alternative Budget Working Group expressed dismay…
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Jeopardy, Jackpot, or Wheel of (Mis)Fortune?

It seems all that fuss being kicked up about tuition fees rising faster than inflation, significant levels of student debt, dismal employment prospects for young people, and parents having to postpone retirement to help shoulder some of the burden under which their kids are struggling has not gone unnoticed. As…
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Consider this an Outcry about Special Needs Income Assistance in Nova Scotia

The government’s response to our recent report on special needs income assistance allowances requires a response on two counts in particular. First, the Minister of Community Services says: “the report stating these changes have hurt people is totally erroneous.  That’s totally wrong.” That claim is unfounded. Our analysis was based…
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Boost the Minimum Wage, Boost the Economy, from the bottom up

A version of this article appeared today in the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab. (This version includes references to the debate plus charts and graphs from data specially tabulated from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. The data don’t include the self-employed.) President Obama put the idea of raising the minimum wage on the radar…
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