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McNeil's carbon deal a lump of coal for low-income Nova Scotians

McNeil's carbon deal a lump of coal for low-income Nova Scotians

Next to doing nothing, cap and trade is probably the least effective way to price carbon ... What will the McNeil government do for lower-income and fixed-income Nova Scotians who will come out disproportionately behind under this scheme?
OPEN LETTER: What is happening with the violence in Halifax?

OPEN LETTER: What is happening with the violence in Halifax?

Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police chief, says we all have role to play in curbing violence
ANDREW YOUNGER: McNeil must have known beforehand of 'conquered people' court argument

ANDREW YOUNGER: McNeil must have known beforehand of 'conquered people' court argument

Even if the premier did not understand the gravity of the arguments when they were filed, he certainly knew before oral arguments were made in court. If he didn’t, that is almost as bad, since it was raised with him and it was his responsibility to understand the issue, once concerns were raised, both as premier and minister of aboriginal affairs.
OPEN LETTER: McNeil's ads will stoke resentment against teachers

OPEN LETTER: McNeil's ads will stoke resentment against teachers

"I fear that turning the power of government against our teachers might unleash something that will go far beyond your intentions," reader John E. Boyd tells Premier Stephen McNeil.
Private investments will be costly detour for federal infrastructure projects

Private investments will be costly detour for federal infrastructure projects

Financing infrastructure privately at the expected rate of return of seven to nine per cent — instead of the under two per cent rate the federal government can now borrow at — will mean five times the financing costs and double the total costs. In other words, we will get half the bang for the buck for our infrastructure dollars.
Zann's anti-spraying arguments throw science to the wind

Zann's anti-spraying arguments throw science to the wind

Given the high level of caution involved in Northern Pulp's spray program, feigning cancer risk with weak evidence seems more ideologically driven than motivated by legitimate concern.
Tackling the twin perils of stroke and dementia together

Tackling the twin perils of stroke and dementia together

I applaud the researchers, the stroke survivors and caregivers and the numerous supporters who came to Halifax from all corners of our province to contribute to a conversation that could change the future of stroke.
REBUTTAL: Environment Department's climate change unit alive and kicking

REBUTTAL: Environment Department's climate change unit alive and kicking

All provinces and the federal government have recognized the success of Nova Scotia’s approach in addressing climate. This approach has significantly contributed to our success in already reaching and surpassing the federal government’s 2030 reduction target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels. 
Trump merely flotsam in the fascist drift of the American state

Trump merely flotsam in the fascist drift of the American state

Fascism is an ideology and Trump isn't smart enough to fashion an ideology. He's just the blob that has floated to the top of this nativist cesspool, the angry white guy heading the angry white party. 
On Kings County campaign trail, I ran into the reality of poverty

On Kings County campaign trail, I ran into the reality of poverty

I came across a number of homes with more than one family living in it — or a combined family of grandparents, parents and children. These were situations caused either by lack of work or lack of affordable housing. We are seeing the consequences of a number of recent plant closures and the fact that seasonal work is the only opportunity for some people.