Special Deals For Favoured Industries Should Be Curtailed

Finance Minister Karen Casey is seeking advice from Nova Scotians in preparation for her next budget, so the province can “continue on a financially sustainable path with investments in programs, services and infrastructure that are important to Nova Scotians.”

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Ottawa’s Carbon Tax Does Not Do Much For The Planet

There is a long list of individuals and organizations that will not be paying the federal carbon tax. Many of those that do will receive payments that more than offset their cost. Is this a mighty blow in the fight against climate change?

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Another Bad Day for Electricity Customers in Nova Scotia

The energy from Muskrat Falls is not going to be available until at least 2020. But the transmission lines are all built at a cost exceeding $1.5 billion. You are going to pay the interest on that debt while we wait.

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Tourism’s Growth Will Suffer From a Shortage of Workers

Nova Scotia’s 2018 tourism numbers are good, and further growth is possible, but there are obstacles—partly created by government policies.

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Some Readers Are More Enthusiastic than Others

Thanks to readers for another year of thoughtful feedback.

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How Do We Get More Local Decision-Making In Health Care?

The government is completing its plan to replace the QEII Health Sciences Centre structures at the VG site. That is an expensive, but perhaps necessary, choice. A quicker and much less expensive initiative would be to rebuild the management structure that operates it and the rest of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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Nova Scotia’s Population Is Growing Faster Than Expected

The future direction for Nova Scotia’s population may be changing. If so, a lot of planning will have to be rethought.

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Cape Breton University Is On A Roll

University education can be a wonderful source of export earnings and immigration attraction for Nova Scotia.

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The Teachers’ Plan Deficit Needs to be Addressed

The government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are doing a disservice to taxpayers and today’s teachers, who are paying for the inadequacy of past contributions by and for the teachers that retired long ago.

In contrast, the public-sector pension plans for civil service and health care workers are well-funded and can be expected to keep their promises to pensioners over the long term.

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The Football Stadium is Going To Cost Taxpayers a Lot

The football stadium proposed for Shannon Park is said to need a subsidy of $10-$11 million per year. It would be much higher.

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Transit Choices

A study of the possibilities for commuter rail is underway. It looks expensive. That is not the only option that should be considered. Read More »