Posted February 16, 2018

Why is the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Threatening an Illegal Job Action?

The governments we elect are accountable to voters for the quality and timeliness of services that are provided with their tax dollars. They must make choices about how to organize large complex operations, particularly in education and health care.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is, first and foremost, a union. Its role is to advocate for favourable pay, benefits, and working conditions for its members.

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The article of January 20th in support of resource industries prompted many supportive emails. It also received a decidedly frosty response from a tight-knit posse of activists, some of whose viewpoints were printed in the January 27th opinion section.

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There is a lot to like in Dr. Glaze’s report on improving our school system. Minister Churchill’s announcement endorsed the report generally, and eleven of the recommendations specifically. The overarching theme is getting more resources into the classroom.

Good ideas on their own are not enough. The implementation must be well planned and executed.

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Nova Scotians are anxious to protect and preserve the many aspects of our province that make it such an attractive place to live, work, and play. We do not always ask ourselves to list what those aspects are.

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There are several large development proposals making the news. The ones to be excited about are those where substantial private money is being invested. Read More »