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OPINION: What exactly should our publicly funded health system pay for?

OPINION: What exactly should our publicly funded health system pay for?

Investing money where we can improve people's health might indeed mean that, rather than insisting people be treated in hospitals in order to receive necessary pharmaceuticals or rehabilitation, we extend the list of insured services to cover medically necessary care regardless of where it is delivered or by whom.
OPINION: For struggling communities’ sake, take holistic tack on school reviews

OPINION: For struggling communities’ sake, take holistic tack on school reviews

Communities ought to have a stronger voice in determining the future of their schools, but that future cannot be separated or isolated from the other aspects of community sustainability. Many communities in Nova Scotia are in trouble — be it from aging and/or declining population or a shift in economic focus — and they need to plan their long-term sustainability for themselves.
OPINION: Amazon’s appetite for disruption takes bite out of food industry

OPINION: Amazon’s appetite for disruption takes bite out of food industry

Amazon crippled the bookstore and its next prey could be the food store. Given its ability to fuse efficient distribution and strategic market insight, the e-commerce giant could well become the leading food retailer in North America.
GRANT FROST: Arbitrator vindicates teachers who upgraded skills via online Drake courses

GRANT FROST: Arbitrator vindicates teachers who upgraded skills via online Drake courses

The teachers in this situation suffered unnecessarily. They were victimized by a sensationalized fluff piece from what should have been a more objective source, and by a minister who should have at least had the integrity to stand behind the decisions of her own department, if not the teachers who trusted in them.
OPINION: How a government loan helped wreck Wentworth Valley vistas

OPINION: How a government loan helped wreck Wentworth Valley vistas

A government press release at the time spoke of ‘protecting jobs and the environment’ and said the deal would ‘protect the land as a forestry asset.’ Looking up at the gaping hole in the treed horizon of the western slopes of Wentworth Valley, or gazing at the devastation from the edge of the clearcut while the wind howls over the denuded terrain, the phrase ‘protect the land’ is not the one that springs to mind.
GRANT FROST: Does failing students really work? The evidence is inconclusive

GRANT FROST: Does failing students really work? The evidence is inconclusive

Teachers need to be able to hold students accountable, yes — but if retention is of questionable educational value, then perhaps it is time to look for some other solution.
OPINION: How can schools absorb wave of pre-Primary pupils when special-needs kids are left scrambling?

OPINION: How can schools absorb wave of pre-Primary pupils when special-needs kids are left scrambling?

There are so many metaphors you can use here — investing in a new roof while your house burns to the ground comes to mind — but I don’t think we need them. Our education system is in complete chaos, and instead of getting it back on track, we’re inviting more children into an unmitigated disaster.
OPINION: Lifetime guarantee? Those are weasel words

OPINION: Lifetime guarantee? Those are weasel words

It seems the significant caveat here is that there are no laws or consumer protection guidelines in place to clarify a uniform definition of the term “lifetime” when it comes to a guarantee. This means companies have the right to make it mean whatever they decide — although, of course, most of us would agree that "lifetime" means “until death do us part."
OPINION: Herald labour impasse cries out for government intervention

OPINION: Herald labour impasse cries out for government intervention

Common sense would suggest our downsized majority government has an opportunity to mend some fences (with the labour movement) ... So surely the strike at the province's largest daily newspaper, The Chronicle Herald, that has lasted more than 500 days, provides just such an opportunity. It is painfully clear that all traditional methods have been exhausted at this point in the work stoppage.
OPINION: In Trump’s wake, a new worldview can inspire us again

OPINION: In Trump’s wake, a new worldview can inspire us again

Western values for Westerners has a nice ring to it. Let the rest of the world make their own value choices. It sure beats neo-colonial wars in distant lands.