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OPINION: Needed — 9 Liberals who'll stand with teachers against draconian bill

OPINION: Needed — 9 Liberals who'll stand with teachers against draconian bill

The Nova Scotia education system is in crisis. My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly to keep it running, but we are exhausted and Premier McNeil's legislation might just be what breaks us ... Two months of work-to-rule have not harmed students and teachers as much as 20 years of government neglect.
OPINION: What Stephen McNeil is really thinking when he's sticking it to teachers

OPINION: What Stephen McNeil is really thinking when he's sticking it to teachers

'We think that spending $169.50 per student over two years shows just how committed we are to making schools great again. I mean, $169.50 could pay one lunch monitor to supervise students for 16 days. It might even buy two new textbooks. But I digress. It’s a huge investment, massive even. Students and teachers should be thrilled we gave them anything.'
OPINION: For teachers, collective bargaining plays corrective role in marketplace

OPINION: For teachers, collective bargaining plays corrective role in marketplace

The market for teachers is anything but competitive. Rather, it is a classic example of a monopsony — a labour market with a single employer (in this case, the province). Facing no competition, monopsonies can drive their employees’ wages considerably below their productive value. What protects workers from this? Collective bargaining.
OPINION: Teachers' act of civil disobedience should inspire us all

OPINION: Teachers' act of civil disobedience should inspire us all

In one of the boldest acts of civil disobedience in the province’s history, Nova Scotia’s teachers, a most unlikely group, voted last week for the third time to reject the government’s public-sector bargaining agenda.
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.