Alternative Budget Provides path for Nova Scotia to Move Forward to Fairness

Last week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS) released its flagship annual publication, the Nova Scotia Alternative Budget (NSAB). This report brings together a wide range of experts, including economists, social scientists, community representatives and social advocates who propose a more inclusive, long-term and forward-thinking approach to the…
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Increasing number of migrant labourers in Nova Scotia deserve adequate protection

According to a Citizenship and Immigration Canada report, the number of migrant labourers in Canada increased from 177,781 to 432,682 between 2000 and 2010. ?Immigrant Settlement Integration Services says the number of foreign workers entering Nova Scotia has almost doubled in the last five years, from 1,495 to 2,795 and…
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Facts and Evidence versus Threats and Hyperbole: Dissecting Business’ Case Against First Contract Arbitration

The recent debate in Nova Scotia surrounding proposed first contract arbitration (FCA) legislation offers revealing truths about the contemporary relationship between labour and capital in Atlantic Canada.? Arguments recently presented by the business community to the Law Amendments Committee against FCA can be summarized as follows: – FCA could hurt…
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Hunger Count 2011: Canada’s East Coast

In case you missed them, the recent food bank usage numbers are staggering. ?Compiling data from March 2011, Food Banks Canada’s Hunger Count?found that Food Banks across the country served 851, 014 people, or about 2.5% of the total population. The Hunger Count is an important tool in gauging the…
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