The Real Culture of Dependency: In Defense of Atlantic Canada

Co-authored with Brian Foster “Is the EI system making it more attractive to not work?” That’s the (attempt at) thought-provoking (or fire-stoking) title of a recent National Post piece, written in the aftermath of Jim Flaherty’s intellectually lazy and socially irresponsible public musings on the psychological, voluntaristic reasons for Canada’s unemployment…
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EI Reform: Who Are We Really Subsidizing?

The Conservative government is making changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) regime. While previous changes to EI have tightened eligibility requirements, making it more difficult for workers to collect EI if they lose their job, the current proposals focus on making it harder for unemployed workers to turn down work…
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If NSCAD were a paper mill

As students in Quebec continue their 14 week strike, students in Nova Scotia continue to be reminded that post-secondary education is not a priority for the Nova Scotia government. Students and faculty at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), in particular, are bracing for severe funding cuts…
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Beetles, forests, and climate change: Exchanging old mistakes for new?

Many sectors of Canadian society are still in shock, reeling from the recent budget cutbacks announced by the Harper Conservatives. The CBC, the National Film Board, Elections Canada, Canadian Border Services, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Veterans Affairs, and Fisheries and Oceans have all been slashed. While the government has said…
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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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