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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.
The real ‘dead heat’ in this election is global warming

The real ‘dead heat’ in this election is global warming

Only the Green Party of Nova Scotia and Gary Burrill and the NDP have addressed the reality that nature is in charge and needs protection. The latter's implementation of an Environmental Bill of Rights might lead to putting us on a safer trajectory.
Provincial vote will have labour-intensive consequences

Provincial vote will have labour-intensive consequences

As Nova Scotians head to the polls on May 30, our province is at a crossroads that might determine the future of labour relations and the delivery of public services for years to come.
Thanks for the many blessings volunteers bring to the health-care system

Thanks for the many blessings volunteers bring to the health-care system

When care teams work together with our volunteers, we are able to provide support to the whole person — mind, body and soul.
Wanderers Grounds pop-up stadium would further hamper hospital parking

Wanderers Grounds pop-up stadium would further hamper hospital parking

As a patient, I have gone to appointments and had to circle the parkade at the QEll Health Sciences Centre several times before I found a spot to park, or waited until I saw a person leaving so I could park my car. If parking is such an issue, the Wanderers Grounds is not the venue for this soccer stadium.
Urge Trudeau government to restore home mail delivery, as promised

Urge Trudeau government to restore home mail delivery, as promised

A House of Commons committee recently recommended that door-to-door delivery be restored to Canadians who lost this service, retroactively to the federal election call on Aug. 3, 2015. This is welcome news and a step in the right direction. But it’s not fair to the people in Bedford, Lower Sackville, Dartmouth Main (B2Y, B3A and B3B) and other communities across Canada who lost their home mail delivery before the election was called.
Government giving Shell free rein in Canada’s Ocean Playground

Government giving Shell free rein in Canada’s Ocean Playground

Where is this lax attitude toward Shell coming from? Shell made a mistake, but it is just getting a slap on the wrist. What would the government say if Shell caused an oil spill? Nova Scotia has been coined “Canada’s Ocean Playground,” but Shell has come in like the child who claims the swing set is theirs.
Fentanyl crisis: first, do no harm with loaded language

Fentanyl crisis: first, do no harm with loaded language

In the months that people are waiting for opioid replacement therapy, many overdose and die. Instead of blaming sick people — many of whom are seeking help and can't get it — shouldn't we blame our governments and health authority who know that people are dying and still aren’t expanding access to treatment programs?
MIKE SAVAGE: Senate giant Jim Cowan persisted in outlawing genetic discrimination

MIKE SAVAGE: Senate giant Jim Cowan persisted in outlawing genetic discrimination

"Through a tumultuous time in the history of our nation’s Senate, Jim Cowan has proven to be, arguably, one of the most important legislators of Canada’s Parliament and, inarguably, one of the most honourable."