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COMMENTARY: No candidate should win an election without a fight

COMMENTARY: No candidate should win an election without a fight

Competition is good — in the newspaper industry, in the private and public sectors, and in the political arena. I sure hope the Oct. 15 municipal election in Halifax is at least as competitive as the last one in 2012.
LENORE ZANN: Liberals tinker with child care while parents pay $10,000

LENORE ZANN: Liberals tinker with child care while parents pay $10,000

"The government’s $6.6-million investment works out to just $59 per child — less than the cost of two days of child care. There are also no changes to the current broken funding model."
OPINION: Yet another AIMS misfire on e-learning in Nova Scotia schools

OPINION: Yet another AIMS misfire on e-learning in Nova Scotia schools

By Grant Frost: In all the hustle and bustle, I almost missed that oh-so-predictable and oh-so-Nova Scotian sign of spring. And, no, I don’t mean the crocuses. I am talking, of course, about the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies’ (AIMS) annual attempt to undermine public confidence in our education system and promote the idea of a privatized system. And even for AIMS, the 2016 instalment is a doozy.
OPINION: The echo of a long-lost friend who disappeared into mental-illness void

OPINION: The echo of a long-lost friend who disappeared into mental-illness void

By Michael Lightstone: More than 50 years after two neighbourhood kids were first introduced to each other, it was the mother of my old pal who jump-started good thoughts of a flesh-and-bones ghost who really used to be a fixture in my life.
OPINION: Halifax would fare better with free public transit

OPINION: Halifax would fare better with free public transit

By Gabriel Enxuga: "I believe that, as a society, it is our collective responsibility to provide people with the means to realize their full potential. So that’s why I think it’s time for our city to step up to the plate and provide free transit for all residents of Halifax."
OPINION: Elbowgate gives art of politics a fat lip

OPINION: Elbowgate gives art of politics a fat lip

By Ken Dewar: The idea that politics is essentially about partisanship has become disturbingly commonplace of late, leading many people, perhaps especially young people, to become turned off by politicians and the political process, and others to exploit their disenchantment. Politics, on the contrary, is the art of the possible. Negotiation is at its heart.
BRETT BUNDALE: Ask yourself how #toofemale can even be a thing

BRETT BUNDALE: Ask yourself how #toofemale can even be a thing

A winter with a new baby on the couch reminds Brett Bundale, a journalist, mother and social commentator, that when it comes to popular culture, it’s largely a guy thing. That has to change.
GARY BURRILL: CFIB off-base in slamming NDP's $15 minimum wage proposal

GARY BURRILL: CFIB off-base in slamming NDP's $15 minimum wage proposal

The CFIB belittles the NDP’s commitment to provide exemptions from the $15 minimum wage for small and family-operated businesses and caricatures the party’s $15 proposal as “out of touch with the realities of small business in Nova Scotia.” Fact: While in government from 2009 to 2013, the Nova Scotia NDP reduced the small business tax rate in every budget of its mandate.
CAPER COURAGE: Carrying on a family passion for justice

CAPER COURAGE: Carrying on a family passion for justice

Award-winning reporter Mary Ellen MacIntyre is the youngest of 12 children and a proud Cape Bretoner who grew up in Glace Bay hearing about the 12-hour days, the child labour and the company stores “that owned you because there was nowhere else to go.”
OPINION: Collaboration between employer, workers makes business sense

OPINION: Collaboration between employer, workers makes business sense

By Michael Lightstone: Senior executives at The Herald should take a brief break from their work-related duties, step away from the feelings of animosity for union members and consider just how counterproductive management’s intractable position is to the health of their business.