Posted January 13, 2017

Drinking Local: This Party Comes With A Hangover

Nova Scotia has seen an explosion of home grown tipple in recent years. Enjoying too much of it might impair our judgment.

There are now 21 wineries and 40 brewers of craft beer, as well as growing numbers of distillers and makers of apple cider. Sales exceed $20 million and are growing fast.
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The Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC), which is forty years old, should exemplify the opportunities that can arise when provinces cooperate. It doesn’t.

It is a big operation. Revenue in 2015-2016 was $1.19 billion, and the four provinces shared $432 million in profits. Direct expenses—primarily commissions to retailers—amount to about $150 million, and operating expenses are another $151 million.
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The federal Liberals have not shown much flexibility on healthcare funding for the provinces. Their proposals closely mirror those that Stephen Harper had communicated to the provinces in 2011.

It is pretentious to suggest that these discussions are “negotiations”. The federal government agrees to give the money, and the provinces agree to take it.
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Readers were again generous with their thoughts this year.

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The Liberals unwisely overreacted to the NSTU tactics last weekend. That does not change the fundamental issues at play in the dispute.
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