Posted March 17, 2017

Democracy That Money Can Buy

Watching the emerging debate around health care in the United States is sometimes amusing and often distressing. Canadians can learn a few things about our democracy, observing from the safety of the bleachers.
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One has to admire the skillful advocacy of Steve Morgan and his colleagues. About once a year, they produce a “new” paper telling us why Canada should have universal comprehensive public pharmacare.
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In early February, there were two strikingly different news reports about the economy of Southwestern Nova Scotia.

The first was a CBC report on Riverside Lobster International, a seafood processor in Meteghan.
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The teachers’ work-to-rule strike action, followed by a day or so of actual striking, is coming to an acrimonious conclusion. What has been achieved?

Working Conditions: This is not a topic that can be thoughtfully addressed as part of collective bargaining. That was acknowledged in the early rounds of discussion and a useful process put in place for ongoing work by the union and government.
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Both teachers and parents have reason to be confused by the “rules” that govern work-to-rule.

On December 5th, the NSTU issued a directive to teachers listing 25 activities they were to cease performing. Since then, they have had a number of incidents that did not reflect well on them.
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