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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An Inconvenient Occupation

A friend recently said she supported the Occupy movement but felt their activities were inconveniencing others. I thought of this while watching police clearing Occupy Nova Scotia from Victoria Park in Halifax. Drenched protestors wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, and dragged through mud into waiting paddy wagons was hardly an…
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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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