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OPINION: How Dr. Carrie Best blazed the trail for Viola Desmond and personally challenged me

OPINION: How Dr. Carrie Best blazed the trail for Viola Desmond and personally challenged me

As we sat in the foyer that night, I still remember the 85-year-old Dr. Carrie Best — an incredibly brave journalist — fixing her penetrating gaze on me and asking me what I planned to do to foster racial equality. She meant me personally, not just me as a journalist.
OPINION: What austerity? Government spending in Atlantic Canada has ballooned

OPINION: What austerity? Government spending in Atlantic Canada has ballooned

Austerity is often used to portray cruel and callous fiscal measures, heartless cuts and deliberate neglect by government. But to meet an objective definition of austerity, there must be an actual reduction of spending. That's not happening in New Brunswick.
COMMENTARY: Valuable lessons learned after Week 1 of work to rule

COMMENTARY: Valuable lessons learned after Week 1 of work to rule

It's time people stopped operating on the assumption that teachers' private lives are society's slush fund for all the things it thinks are important but can't be bothered to pony up for — the time, consistent presence, financial resources, travel experience and compassion in dealing with inordinate amounts of conflict and abuse.
OPINION: Nasal mist vs. needle? The latest findings on the flu vaccine

OPINION: Nasal mist vs. needle? The latest findings on the flu vaccine

Canada used to preferentially recommend the live attenuated nasal mist vaccine for children, too. But now, it is just one option among others. The nasal mist vaccine is no longer recommended for preferential use but is offered alongside the needle options.
LIETTE DOUCET: 'Teachers are taking this stand for a better education system'

LIETTE DOUCET: 'Teachers are taking this stand for a better education system'

We also want the ability to negotiate for better classroom conditions at the bargaining table. Our children’s future is too important to be wagered on political commitments. Teachers want to see positive measures enshrined so they can’t be taken away with the stroke of a pen from the government. 
OPINION: Feds drag feet on fixing First Nation child welfare system; legislation needed

OPINION: Feds drag feet on fixing First Nation child welfare system; legislation needed

The proposed federal legislation should set minimal standards that apply to all indigenous children. When indigenous children must be placed in foster care, they should be placed within their community, then in another indigenous community and only in the last resort in a non-indigenous family. 
ANNA SHOUB: Six blinkered policies that nip Nova Scotia's small businesses in the bud

ANNA SHOUB: Six blinkered policies that nip Nova Scotia's small businesses in the bud

In the murky world of economic development, we tend to gaze outward. If only we could attract this business or that business, all our problems would go away. Meanwhile, you have small to medium-sized local businesses that are jumping up and down shouting: “Hey, over here! I’m doing it already! If you wouldn’t mind just throwing a tiny bit of money this way, I could hire someone, or expand.” 
OPINION: Maybe work-to-rule revolt will trigger back-to-basics revolution

OPINION: Maybe work-to-rule revolt will trigger back-to-basics revolution

"With smartphones in students' hands, it's essentially like having a television in front of their faces .... Instead of being engaged in discussions and lectures that could actually enrich their minds, they are often watching funny cat videos, playing video games or texting about the date they are going on on Friday night."
OPINION: Wanted -- Liberal heroes who will stand up for teachers

OPINION: Wanted -- Liberal heroes who will stand up for teachers

My son’s teacher is the kind of person I desperately needed when I was five years old. She truly knows my son, values his spirit, and has already taught him so many things. We had our first parent-teacher meeting last week ... there was no question that she had taken the time to get to know him, despite all of the challenges she is faced with every day in her classroom.
OPINION: Ease teachers' burdens, but toss bad apples

OPINION: Ease teachers' burdens, but toss bad apples

If Nova Scotia’s education system is not fixed, then I fear that our students will be unprepared to forge meaningful lives and careers in a competitive global environment. Those privileged enough to attend private school will continue to move forward, and social inequality will continue to grow.