Posted July 22, 2016

Let’s Not Upset Anyone

The review of possible highway twinning projects adds to a growing list of choices designed to be inoffensive.

Twinning major highways can reduce the number of accidents, shorten travel times, and make driving quicker and less stressful. The CBCL report on twinning Nova Scotian highways begins with two sound premises.

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When a political party’s platform contains well over a hundred promises, it is likely that some of them will prove to have been ill-considered. The successful Liberal campaign in 2015 is no exception.

It turned out that bringing 25,000 government-supported Syrian refugees to Canada before year end was logistically impossible. If achieved, it would have created huge problems with finding lodgings.
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The proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) were agreed to on June 20th by the federal government and all the provinces except Manitoba and Quebec. They are mildly useful, and will have some unexpected consequences.
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The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently completed by the province and its universities is not focused on outcomes for students. It should be.

Universities exist to create and disseminate knowledge. The primary argument for seeking taxpayer support is that the university experience will enable greater contribution by graduates to the provincial economy and social fabric.
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Sometimes patients don’t like the taste of the right medicine.

In 1995, Premier John Savage dictated that Sydney and six adjacent towns—together with the Municipality of the County of Cape Breton—should be merged into one unit, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

It was not a good time for Cape Breton. CBRM had already lost 15% of its population peak in 1961, and there was no sign of the trend improving. The coal mines were winding down and Sydney Steel would do likewise in 2001. Some of the towns were in fiscal distress.
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