Posted December 2, 2016

It’s Not About Working Conditions Now

On November 28th, the government released its analysis of what the teachers’ union proposal would cost compared to its own. They are miles apart.

The average pay for a teacher is $76,133. The government proposal provides total pay increases of 3%, occurring in the last two years of a four-year contract, for a total cost of $41 million. The union wants 2% increases (more if inflation is higher) each year for a total of 8%. Unsurprisingly, this costs a lot more—at least $140 million.
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The federal government gave provinces a choice between collecting a growing tax on carbon emissions, or setting up a “cap and trade” system. Nova Scotia has chosen the latter—but, for homeowners and drivers, the result will look quite a bit like the former.
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There has been some discussion about the need for prospective immigrants to understand Canadian values before deciding to come here. Transparency is always a good thing, so herewith is a proposed disclosure for one particular group—although it might work equally well with others.

To: Americans upset with the election result

Re: Moving to Canada
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Prime Minister Trudeau has appointed 28 senators since March 18th, 2016. In doing so, he has achieved useful Senate reform without a time-consuming constitutional wrangle. But there is a missing ingredient in the recipe.
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The Liberal government’s adherence to its campaign promises has been rather selective. Sometimes the substance of their positions is much like the Conservatives. Is that also true for health care?
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