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Cost of moose cull in Cape Breton Highlands National Park lowballed

Cost of moose cull in Cape Breton Highlands National Park lowballed

If Parks Canada is giving the Canadian public half-truths about the cost of the 2015 moose hunt, it might be time to go back through information that was provided to the  public in the past with regard to the moose hunt on North Mountain. Perhaps other discrepancies exist.
McNeil's carbon deal a lump of coal for low-income Nova Scotians

McNeil's carbon deal a lump of coal for low-income Nova Scotians

Next to doing nothing, cap and trade is probably the least effective way to price carbon ... What will the McNeil government do for lower-income and fixed-income Nova Scotians who will come out disproportionately behind under this scheme?
OPINION: Forget foreign health-care models; innovation happening right here

OPINION: Forget foreign health-care models; innovation happening right here

Australia had a publicly funded health-care system like Canada’s before introducing a parallel private-pay system in 1999. As a result, wait times in the public-pay system became longer, not shorter. Turns out, many specialists spend more time in the private-pay system than in the public one, “cherry-picking” the healthiest, wealthiest and most profitable patients while leaving the most complex, vulnerable, sickest and costly for the public system to handle. 
GRANT FROST: McNeil Liberals out of touch, out of sync with teachers for a full year

GRANT FROST: McNeil Liberals out of touch, out of sync with teachers for a full year

There were any number of actions that the Liberals could have undertaken over the 10 months or so of bargaining that followed the somewhat historic stand by teachers that could have calmed the waters, so to speak. In fact, several of the paper-thin appeasement tactics recently attempted by Education Minister Casey would have actually done the situation (not to mention teachers) some good, had they been embarked upon in March rather than October.
OPINION: Still a long way to go for transgender health in Nova Scotia

OPINION: Still a long way to go for transgender health in Nova Scotia

There is still much work to be done, particularly within the health-care system. Transgender people seeking to medically transition must face lengthy wait times and bureaucratic hassles as they are referred among numerous different specialists. As with many medical services, trans people in rural areas face a disheartening lack of services.
COMMENTARY: The self-sacrifice of teachers is amazing to watch, day in, day out

COMMENTARY: The self-sacrifice of teachers is amazing to watch, day in, day out

"Every day, I work with wonderful teachers who want nothing more than to be able to teach our children and to be provided the tools and support needed to do their jobs. They give and give and give," writes administrative assistant Heidi Ayles.
ANDREW YOUNGER: McNeil must have known beforehand of 'conquered people' court argument

ANDREW YOUNGER: McNeil must have known beforehand of 'conquered people' court argument

Even if the premier did not understand the gravity of the arguments when they were filed, he certainly knew before oral arguments were made in court. If he didn’t, that is almost as bad, since it was raised with him and it was his responsibility to understand the issue, once concerns were raised, both as premier and minister of aboriginal affairs.
OPINION: McNeil cultivates myth of listening to teachers while railroading them

OPINION: McNeil cultivates myth of listening to teachers while railroading them

The premier’s claim of being willing to bargain can only be construed as true if bargaining means arriving only and exactly at the terms prescribed by Bill 148. Collective bargaining in Nova Scotia no longer exists, and the premier has proudly gutted it as a trophy of his power and control.
OPINION: Trump policies will serve up higher food prices

OPINION: Trump policies will serve up higher food prices

Eventually, Donald Trump's immigration proposals could impact your dinner plate. More than 66,000 temporary agricultural workers with visas enter the U.S. every year. Of greater note, an estimated two million illegal workers help U.S. farmers at harvest. Without that support, U.S. production levels will decline and prices will go up.
OPINION: McNeil should take note as Supreme Court declaws legislative hammers

OPINION: McNeil should take note as Supreme Court declaws legislative hammers

A cautionary tale for Stephen McNeil: Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that in 2002, the British Columbia government violated the guarantee of the freedom of association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it passed legislation stripping items from the B.C. teachers’ collective agreement. This decision now forces any collective agreement language that was removed through legislation to be put back in — at tremendous cost.