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OPINION: McNeil government two-faced about chronic underfunding of universities

OPINION: McNeil government two-faced about chronic underfunding of universities

Our concern is not with Acadia University receiving this additional funding. Obviously, Acadia did need that money, and we are happy they received it. Our concern, rather, is the ad hoc, secretive manner in which the funds were distributed.
OPINION: McNeil’s fiscal surplus masks significant social, infrastructure deficits

OPINION: McNeil’s fiscal surplus masks significant social, infrastructure deficits

I suggest that no, there is no surplus. There is a massive, albeit ignored, deficit. Perhaps all those zeros look great on paper. But if we aren’t repairing our infrastructure, are we on the plus side of the ledger? If people are suffering because of poor judgment, should we not be spending to correct this?
Ordinary Nova Scotians, government workers paying for McNeil Liberals’ surplus

Ordinary Nova Scotians, government workers paying for McNeil Liberals’ surplus

What makes this even more astounding is that thousands of Nova Scotians face a shortage of health-care services, can’t find a heath-care provider, see overcrowding in hospitals, and are faced with bed shortages in long-term care facilities and institutions. Thousands more require mental health care, which they can’t get.
OPINION: Focus on poverty rather than pre-primary to solve education problems

OPINION: Focus on poverty rather than pre-primary to solve education problems

School-age children from homes that cannot provide adequately for them are not worried about the education or outcomes they are the recipient of; they are too hungry or worried about basic human needs. This is a common problem; that is why school breakfast programs, food banks and shelters have become so leaned upon today.
OPINION: Clearcutting betrays biases of a culture with blinders on

OPINION: Clearcutting betrays biases of a culture with blinders on

We humans are blessed with a narrow and selective vision that enables us to believe whatever we choose to do is good. We prefer not to see the wider interconnectiveness in our natural world.
OPINION: Halifax crosses line between downtown construction, destruction

OPINION: Halifax crosses line between downtown construction, destruction

Perhaps the local citizens reading your online paper will collectively enter the discussion on ‘preserving the past’ while ‘constructing the future.’
OPINION: Lifetime guarantee? Those are weasel words

OPINION: Lifetime guarantee? Those are weasel words

It seems the significant caveat here is that there are no laws or consumer protection guidelines in place to clarify a uniform definition of the term “lifetime” when it comes to a guarantee. This means companies have the right to make it mean whatever they decide — although, of course, most of us would agree that "lifetime" means “until death do us part."
OPINION: Herald labour impasse cries out for government intervention

OPINION: Herald labour impasse cries out for government intervention

Common sense would suggest our downsized majority government has an opportunity to mend some fences (with the labour movement) ... So surely the strike at the province's largest daily newspaper, The Chronicle Herald, that has lasted more than 500 days, provides just such an opportunity. It is painfully clear that all traditional methods have been exhausted at this point in the work stoppage.
Tory income tax cut equals pocket change, but will rob the treasury

Tory income tax cut equals pocket change, but will rob the treasury

One PC promise in particular stuck out to me as a foolish measure: raising the provincial basic personal amount (i.e., that portion of your income on which no tax is paid) by up to $3,000 for people earning less than $75,000 a year.
Tires are better converted into aggregate than burned in a kiln

Tires are better converted into aggregate than burned in a kiln

Currently in Nova Scotia, all tires are recycled to make tire-derived aggregate. Burning tires at Lafarge Brookfield would take them away from a local recycling opportunity.