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COMMENTARY: Fast-food empires scramble to capitalize on all-day breakfast surge

COMMENTARY: Fast-food empires scramble to capitalize on all-day breakfast surge

The blurring of time divisions between meals is becoming more obvious as millennials start to gain a hold in the marketplace. Most boomers still prefer to eat breakfast at home. Millennials, on the other hand, eat on the go. The ever-complicated morning rush is disrupting market rules and forcing the food industry to revise its approach to serving breakfast.
OPINION: Since when are libraries no longer considered pillars of literacy?

OPINION: Since when are libraries no longer considered pillars of literacy?

Public libraries, especially those in rural areas, are completely invisible to government. Government does not understand libraries, it does not appreciate the services libraries provide and it cannot grasp what libraries offer.
OPINION: How Stephen McNeil can still salvage the situation in our schools

OPINION: How Stephen McNeil can still salvage the situation in our schools

Teachers are not the enemy, Premier McNeil. NSTU members are tired of the turmoil created by the 18-month struggle between teachers and the government. We should be a united force — two groups that are dedicated to improving the future for all Nova Scotians. Our partnership would show students that we are committed to improving education together, in a mutually respectful manner.
OPINION: Schools are not factories and kids are not cogs in the education wheel

OPINION: Schools are not factories and kids are not cogs in the education wheel

Teachers are, in their souls, helpers, encouragers, growers and carers. The best of them employ these attributes in spite of the system ... Increasingly, they are being forced into being processors and measurers, pressured to increase data production and show higher test scores. That’s what teachers mean when they say 'Just let me teach!' and that’s what the rejected contracts and job action are really about.
OPINION: Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?

OPINION: Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?

As the number of hate crimes directed at Muslims increases at an alarming rate, sales of food prepared in accordance with Islamic law are rising by 15 per cent a year, on average. In Canada, halal food sales now exceed $1 billion — and that will likely continue to grow rapidly.
OPINION: Sacrificing teachers for students a false solution to education stalemate

OPINION: Sacrificing teachers for students a false solution to education stalemate

Just what is 'generous' about teachers’ wages? Teaching is one of the few jobs that still pay a living wage in the province. The average starting salary for teachers is $56,190. Education, like health care, requires years of specialized training and is one of the few remaining sectors that can provide a stable career with a decent salary — enough for a single parent to raise kids on.
OPINION: Four ways you could save money on your prescription medications

OPINION: Four ways you could save money on your prescription medications

Many Canadians can’t afford the medications their doctors prescribe for them — as many as one in five, according to a national poll — and some might even be skipping them altogether, with possible catastrophic health consequences. So saving even a few bucks per prescription could add up to big savings over time.
OPINION: A 10-point plan to right the education ship

OPINION: A 10-point plan to right the education ship

The education system should be simple; we have well-educated teachers who know and understand what is required to help students succeed. Give them the resources they need, class sizes that are manageable and respect for their profession. How hard can that be? Instead, teachers have been pulled in so many directions over the last 15 to 20 years that they are just plain tired.
ALEX HANDYSIDE: Doctor’s orders -- sex over 60 is good for you

ALEX HANDYSIDE: Doctor’s orders -- sex over 60 is good for you

The British Heart Foundation says sex can make you look younger, reduce stress, help you to sleep better and may help prevent coronary disease.
OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

'I am asking you to participate in one of three rallies organized by Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers with all of your friends. Invite them to join us on Sunday to protest against the attacks on our teachers and our public service workers,' writes Trish Keeping of Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers.