With the province’s pandemic paid sick leave program expiring this week, a new report says Nova Scotian workers deserve legislated, permanent paid sick leave that’s employer-provided. Titled ‘No Nova Scotian Should Have to Work Sick: The Urgent Need for Universal and Permanent Paid Sick Leave Legislation,’ the report was released today by the Canadian Centre […]
The Liberals say they wouldn’t approve proposed changes to the city dump, while the other parties are vowing to implement new environmental assessment processes and consult the community. Last week, Halifax regional council voted to apply to the provincial government to deactivate the Front End Processor (FEP) and Waste Stabilization Facility (WSF) at its Otter […]
I can understand why Nicole Gnazdowsky might have become a “hostile individual.” I can’t understand why Premier Iain Rankin can claim — as he did last week — that he doesn’t have the authority to act in her case because there’s an election campaign underway. Huh? Let’s start with Gnazdowsky. Her 26-year-old “little brother,” Andrew,...
Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston made a $6 million promise yesterday that might prove to be a game-changer in the course of this provincial election. With 69,000 Nova Scotians on the waitlist for a family doctor and chronic overcrowding in hospital Emergency departments, Houston launched an idea that might help recruit and retain more family […]
Jacob Killawee, the Liberal candidate for the riding of Chester–St. Margaret’s, tried yesterday to sell himself as a critic of the aquaculture industry, but a skeptical audience of potential voters wasn’t buying. Killawee appeared outside the Blandford Community Centre with the other three candidates for the riding — Jessica Alexander (Green), Danielle Barkhouse (PC), and Amy […]
Halifax councillors yesterday voted to make a fundamental change at the Otter Lake Landfill. The dump operators and a triad of consultant reports say the change won’t make any difference besides saving money, but critics say it could lead to increased smells, birds, and varmints and affect nearby neighbourhoods. At issue are the Front End...
A report issued yesterday by the Disability Rights Coalition says there remains “a mismatch” between government rhetoric on providing services to disabled adults and the frustrating reality faced by many families. Back in 2013, in response to Canada’s ratification of the United Nations Convention respecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a government-community task force […]
Nova Scotians will go to the polls on August 17 to elect a new government. The only secret about the election was its official date. Over the previous six weeks, the Rankin Liberals spent more than $300 million on promises that included a fleet of electric buses, $10 per day childcare, multi-use recreational trails for […]
It’s 7:37 am on Saturday morning and I hit refresh on my computer news feed. Again. A few minutes earlier, on CBC Radio’s Weekend Morning, newsreader Sarah Haliburton — squeezed between host Bill Roach’s usual eclectic musical selections (Dennis Lee’s iconic “Alligator Pie” followed by “Two Sleepy People,” the Fats Waller version) — began her...
Update: Election Day is August 17. Premier Iain Rankin is at Government House this morning, undoubtedly asking Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc to call a provincial election. Yesterday, the Rankin government made six new spending announcements totalling more than $20 million in public money. Most of the spending commitments were made in tandem with the federal Liberal […]