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OPINION: Shopping for 'European' health care not the solution to long wait lists

OPINION: Shopping for 'European' health care not the solution to long wait lists

Proponents of the “European” model of health care never tell us if it’s the French, Irish, English, Dutch, German or Italian model we are meant to be following — they are all distinct. In England, for example, specialists working in the public system are salaried and contractually bound to a full-time 40-hour work schedule, leaving them very little time to moonlight in the private sector. 
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.
COMMENTARY: Ottawa must show strong leadership in managing CETA side effects

COMMENTARY: Ottawa must show strong leadership in managing CETA side effects

CETA will force long-overdue supply management reform. Dairy farmers have long been led to believe that the status quo serves their interests best. But Canada has lost more than 30,000 dairy farms under supply management, so it's time government and industry worked on a comprehensive plan to allow the Canadian dairy industry to become more competitive.
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.
COMMENTARY: Ottawa might be biting off more than it can chew with Canada Food Guide overhaul

COMMENTARY: Ottawa might be biting off more than it can chew with Canada Food Guide overhaul

Sugar is public enemy No. 1 — what tobacco was a few decades ago. ... Clear labelling is the most practical way to communicate risks to consumers. Enforcement of ingredients can be tricky, however. Many products are manufactured outside our borders and that makes dictating things like sugar and sodium volumes difficult. If our laws become too restrictive, multinationals could just forfeit the Canadian market. As well, protectionist policies can trigger higher food prices.
OPEN LETTER: Specifically, this is what teachers would like Stephen McNeil to do

OPEN LETTER: Specifically, this is what teachers would like Stephen McNeil to do

Let teachers do what they went to school for: educate children and youth. ... My university degrees taught me to teach, not to track and enter data, manipulate stats, create improvement plans for my school, create and manage care plans for students, manage websites or write grants so that I have money to make the program more engaging.
OPINION: McNeil Liberals should take cue from IMF and ditch austerity economics

OPINION: McNeil Liberals should take cue from IMF and ditch austerity economics

A key principle of good governance is to avoid making matters worse. The McNeil Liberals' dogged pursuit of balanced budgets might seem wise in the short run, but Nova Scotians would be better served by an economic strategy that is predicated on expansion, not contraction.
COMMENTARY: Trade deal with Europe would be a triumph for Canada

COMMENTARY: Trade deal with Europe would be a triumph for Canada

A completed CETA would give Canada a significant trading advantage. We would become the only country in the world involved with two significant continental trade deals. With CETA and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada becomes the portal between two mega-markets, the U.S. and Europe. So if CETA fails, it would be a gigantic missed opportunity.
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.