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COMMENTARY: #BellLetsTalk about how this hashtag-happy world misses the point

COMMENTARY: #BellLetsTalk about how this hashtag-happy world misses the point

Do you know what’s important to the people living in Nova Scotia Hospital, and the kids at the Garron Centre? It’s not stigma. It’s the fact that, despite everything, they are still being plied with medications to fix what isn’t there. It’s the fact that, despite so much research proving the importance of therapy, it is only now that we are even beginning to see it implemented.
OPINION: Don't let misinformation muddy the waters about tidal power

OPINION: Don't let misinformation muddy the waters about tidal power

Can in-stream tidal technology be one? It will take time to have all the answers — to know if this new technology is both safe and affordable. To find those answers, we can’t be led by speculation, nor by false claims. We must be led by science. We must be led by facts.
OPINION: Don't exclude disability community's voice from classroom-inclusion commission

OPINION: Don't exclude disability community's voice from classroom-inclusion commission

To empower a commission to look at a model that directly affects the education and future livelihood of children with disabilities — without including representatives with disabilities — would be irresponsible and completely against what the inclusion model is theoretically supposed to stand for.
OPINION: Inaugurate new year by putting end-of-life wishes at top of your to-do list

OPINION: Inaugurate new year by putting end-of-life wishes at top of your to-do list

Studies show that people who have conversations about their end-of-life preferences are much more likely to be satisfied with the care received, and their caregivers are less likely to suffer from depression or be left wondering if they made the right decisions for their loved ones.
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.
ANNA SHOUB: Do home-based businesses compete with the shops on Main Street?

ANNA SHOUB: Do home-based businesses compete with the shops on Main Street?

Small specialty shops and services come with their own loyal following. Anyone who drives across the province or country to visit a home-based business is pretty much guaranteed to spend a couple more hours in town patronizing other local businesses.
OPINION: Convene industrial inquiry commission into yearlong Chronicle Herald strike

OPINION: Convene industrial inquiry commission into yearlong Chronicle Herald strike

'We believe this is not about saving money. It is clear the Chronicle Herald's owners and management are trying to wipe out the union. Organizations, including government and businesses, that continue to advertise in the paper are simply prolonging the duration of the dispute,' writes Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.
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.
OPINION: Student teachers left dangling for no good reason

OPINION: Student teachers left dangling for no good reason

I recently moved from Halifax to my hometown of Port Hastings in order to save money on rent and complete my practicum at a board where I wish to teach ... I’ve had to pick up a few extra jobs here in town while I wait, since I cannot afford to sit around. None of the 500-plus student teachers should be expected to wait for a service they’ve paid to participate in.
PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Calm weather on weekends crucial to keeping Big Lift on schedule

PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Calm weather on weekends crucial to keeping Big Lift on schedule

Will the Big Lift be completed on time this fall? The answer — to wheel out a well-worn refrain — is blowing in the wind. “If we get snowstorms in the middle of the week, and high winds in the middle of the week, but the weekends look good, we should be good,” says Jon Eppell, Halifax Harbour Bridges’ chief bridge engineer.