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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: Health system neglects dental needs of dependent seniors — with disastrous results

OPINION: Health system neglects dental needs of dependent seniors — with disastrous results

'With age comes a mouthful of trouble' is a cautionary line that rings all too true. When my patient retired and lost dental benefits, regular visits to the dentist ceased — possibly when he needed them most.
OPINION: Pre-primary decision up to parents, but N.S. has made right choice

OPINION: Pre-primary decision up to parents, but N.S. has made right choice

Regardless of their motivations, all Nova Scotians will prosper from this essential investment in their youngest citizens. By improving educational outcomes, reducing illiteracy and poverty, and making the province a place where young families want to come and stay, Nova Scotia will feel the ripples of its decision to open its schools to four-year-olds today, and for generations to come.
GRANT FROST: Liberals put child-care eggs in very shaky basket

GRANT FROST: Liberals put child-care eggs in very shaky basket

Will pre-primary programs be permitted to run if there is only one ECE available for a class of 20 students due to staff illness, or will parents be told to keep their children home? The responsibility for alerting parents in such instances will undoubtedly fall on the schools, and considering the amount of angst snow days cause, one can only imagine how those calls will pan out.
OPINION: N.S.’s first female doctor was also a pioneer in caring for the poor

OPINION: N.S.’s first female doctor was also a pioneer in caring for the poor

Totally dedicated to the urgent medical needs of poor women and children, Dr. Maria Angwin directed her tireless efforts mainly to improving their health and well-being. She was also clearly an enlightened innovator since, long before it became an essential aspect of medical practice, she actively promoted preventive medicine.
COMMENTARY: Summertime, when we can have Pride in our PM

COMMENTARY: Summertime, when we can have Pride in our PM

‘Like everyone else, I want to see a re-enactment of that glorious, historic photo, capturing the very first time a sitting Canadian prime minister indulged the Toronto pride parade.’
OPINION: Without consultation, pre-primary rollout puts child care at risk

OPINION: Without consultation, pre-primary rollout puts child care at risk

Once again, we’re faced with a situation where this government has made a hasty decision in the heat of an election, not only without consultation but without a larger view of how it will impact the rest of our child-care landscape. It’s an infuriating pattern.
OPINION: With food fraud on the rise, science dishes out new solutions

OPINION: With food fraud on the rise, science dishes out new solutions

Food fraud has now become mainstream, but two things have changed in recent years which are making a significant impact: supply chain transparency, from fork to farm, and consumer expectations empowered by social media. Yet regulators and industry are struggling. Here's why.
OPINION: Stop dancing around genocide issue and take down Cornwallis statue

OPINION: Stop dancing around genocide issue and take down Cornwallis statue

It is worrying that Halifax Mayor Mike Savage referred to the Cornwallis statue as merely 'an impediment' to reconciliation and healing the relationship between settler people and Indigenous people. Perhaps he is unfamiliar with our genocidal past. Or he might be choosing to mince his words. Or perhaps he holds the troubling view that the statue is not all that big of a deal.
OPINION: Rate hike could turn into rout for precarious Canadian economy

OPINION: Rate hike could turn into rout for precarious Canadian economy

You don't have to be an economist to know that rising interest rates will hurt a lot of Canadians. And you don't have to be a sociologist to know that, demographically, young families are going to be hurt the most.