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Disabled people need a seat at the inclusion-review table

Disabled people need a seat at the inclusion-review table

The slogan of the disability rights movement has long been Nothing About Us Without Us. Nowhere does this hold more true than in Nova Scotia today on the critical issue of inclusive education. If this inclusive education commission is to have the slightest ounce of credibility, the third independent member must be a person with a disability.
OPINION: Why can't we just trust teachers to do their jobs?

OPINION: Why can't we just trust teachers to do their jobs?

According to the fairy tale, the princess was so sensitive that she could feel a pea under her mattress. If you want to hide a pea, you need to bury it under 20 mattresses, not just one — and that's how teachers feel about the assessment results. The results we receive have virtually no instructional value.
OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

'I am asking you to participate in one of three rallies organized by Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers with all of your friends. Invite them to join us on Sunday to protest against the attacks on our teachers and our public service workers,' writes Trish Keeping of Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers.
Strike three for teachers' deal: Why No is still my answer

Strike three for teachers' deal: Why No is still my answer

I am voting No because the same mantra — 'this is the best we could do' due to the government's threats of proclaiming Bill 148 and/or imposing Bill 75 — is not a valid enough reason for teachers to abandon our passion for change.
Follow NDP's example and speak out on economic inequality

Follow NDP's example and speak out on economic inequality

The increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the few is not a natural phenomenon; it is made possible by public policies that prioritize wealth over work and the few over the many.
Work to rule over, but we're not back to normal

Work to rule over, but we're not back to normal

The implications of the NSTU's upcoming ratification vote are bigger than ever. Not only is it the union executive's third kick at the can, I think we all know it is certain to set the template for the other 65,000 public employees who still have the threat of legislation hanging over their heads.
Dementia affects all Nova Scotians; here's how you can help

Dementia affects all Nova Scotians; here's how you can help

Without understanding how the symptoms affect the individual, we are at risk of being more impatient, less tolerant and unintentionally adding to day-to-day challenges for people with dementia. Whether we are at the local coffee shop, bank or neighbourhood grocery store, or even at a family gathering, there are things we can do to improve someone’s quality of life — such as taking our time, being supportive and being friendly.
'Twas the plight before Christmas, but no bigwigs took heed

'Twas the plight before Christmas, but no bigwigs took heed

'Our lives are destroyed and our spirits are weary. This Christmas season is really quite dreary. You have the power to make a bad event good. If it were your own family, we know that you would!'
Our schools should help build a society with perspective and compassion

Our schools should help build a society with perspective and compassion

Any reforms to education that may come had better emphasize emotional growth and empathy, or we will never evolve as a species.
University staff 'proud to stand in solidarity with the NSTU'

University staff 'proud to stand in solidarity with the NSTU'

The use of showmanship and bullying tactics, such as locking students out of their schools on Dec. 5, did not intimidate, but served only to bolster support for our teachers.