Tag Archives: Nova Scotia

Could Dexter learn from Thatcher?

This caught our eye:

As the privatization of state-owned industries proceeded, and unemployment temporarily rose to one million, then two, and finally three-million (before sharply declining), the London County Council, dominated by Marxists, was almost screaming for her blood. Mrs. Thatcher replied by abolishing the municipal government, put one of the greatest cities in the world under direct rule from the Home Office, sold the London government headquarters, County Hall, the largest building in the country, to Japanese developers to be turned into an aquarium, and London enjoyed better municipal administration. [read the rest]

All of NS isn’t as big as the London Municipality. Some amalgamation is going to be needed – school Boards, Municipalities. Has Dexter got the balls courage?

Signs of the times

Students are marching in support of deficits.

Nice signs. Not cheap.

There was a protest in Wolfville also. [Anyone got pics?]

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is the umbrella organizer, providing signs and materials for Wolfville organizers to use

[Although Acadia is not a member of CFS but of CASA.]

From an article in the Athenaeum:

Currently, Nova Scotia Universities are experiencing a “tuition freeze,” where tuition costs have remained the same for the past three years. However, government has had to supplement the costs incurred. It still cost more to go to school in 2010 than in 2007, it is just that the government fronts the costs instead of the students – at roughly $30 million dollars annually under the freeze. In addition, many of the students who attend university in Nova Scotia leave the province after receiving a degree. This does not bode well for the government, as they are subsidizing the education of someone who is statistically expected not to contribute back to the local economy.

What we noticed from the Province’s announcement:

From 2004 until 2010, funding for universities has increased from $212 million to $349 million or 65 per cent.

65% in 6 years! Why? CPI was less than 3% per year. Unsustainable do you think?

Anyway, it’s user pay or everyone pays.

 

 

Disclosure

Sometimes there are so many things to comment on one doesn’t know where to start or what to put on the top of the list. But today there is no question. This announcement cries out for attention.

Taxpayers will learn who’s making at least $100,000 at school boards, health authorities, Crown corpora­tions and other public-sector bodies, Finance Minis­ter Graham Steele said Friday.

Steele said the Public Sector Compensation Dis­closure Act, which he introduced at Province House, will give people more information about where their money is going. … Steele said Ontario, Manitoba and British Colum­bia have similar legislation but different compensa­tion thresholds. It’s $100,000 in Ontario, $50,000 in Manitoba and $75,000 in B.C.

Long overdue, we say, but that is not the shocker. The next line was what floored us.

Nova Scotia already discloses the salaries of civil servants making at least $25,000.

They do?   Where? Who knew? AND why, then oh why, did it take a FOIPOP application and all kinds of lawyers fees spent to disclose the Wolfville CAO’s salary package?

Campus Clubs

Anyone interested in starting an Atlantica Party organization on the Acadia campus? This message from the AP.

Campus Clubs

For those of you returning to campus AP is establishing campus clubs across the province. Dalhousie-Kings and CBU have been established and can be reached here

atlanticansdal@atlanticaparty.ca

atlanticanscbu@atlanticaparty.ca

Here’s some comment on the business climate in NS on the AP blog.

If you were to ask any member of the government whether Nova Scotia is business friendly you would get a resounding yes. The NDP government is certainly seems aggressive with ready cash for established profitable businesses in splashy media releases; Frito-Lay, Daewoo, Bell Aliant, Blue Ocean, Northern Pulp, Irving, the list goes on and on.

Strange then in a recent study from the Fraser Institute Nova Scotia ranked at the bottom (57th out of 60) in North America in terms of economic freedom; the ability of people to make their own economic decisions which is key to prosperity. Are Nova Scotians that constrained?

Just ask Mr. Gee, the Kentville merchant who has spent $20,000 of his own (after tax) money fighting our NDP government that wants to interfere in his tobacco trade. As of July 1st Mr. Gee is forced to charge additional sales taxes on the sundries he sells. He must pay the second highest income taxes in Canada. He has no choice but to accept Nova Scotia Power’s proposed rate hike, its seventh recent rate hike. He and his customer s are forced to buy over-priced produce from the government monopoly NSLC.

Can it be true? Our NDP government, while ensuring its continued growth at the expense of the private sector and making some media savvy demonstrations of ‘building the economy’ through subsidy, is vision-less to help Nova Scotians to become more economically free and prosperous? I wonder what Mr. Gee would say?

Batten down the hatches

UPDATE: From AccuWeather;

I see Environment Canada is going with tropical storm warnings for all of the south coast of Nova Scotia. Even with the ideas that I wrote above, I would still have hurricane warnings for the south facing coast of Nova Scotia.

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Is this a good idea?

Council is considering allowing longer liquor hours in Wolfville. Liquor hours are included in the MPS [Why?] and so that would have to be amended. Closing  hour in Wolfville is 1 am while elsewhere closing hour for drinking “establishments” is 2 am.The town wants input from “stakeholders” .

Mayor Bob Stead indicates council has decided to solicit feedback from as many as a dozen stakeholders: core area residents, lounge owners, Acadia University and the Wolfville Business Development Corporation. These groups have been asked to provide input by Oct. 1.

Morrison anticipates council will review that input and then decide on what action, if any, to take: do nothing, opt to allow later closing hours Friday and Saturday nights or even abandon control of liquor hours.

Increased late night noise, disruption of residents and additional policing costs are among the other factors for council to consider. [Register]

Better get your two cents in. As far as noise and disruption goes we figure it can’t get much worse than it already is. Or could it? In any case, closing hour doesn’t probably make that much difference.

Get your card ready

You will need an ID card no matter what your age at the Wolfville ( and some other) NSLC outlets in the next week or so.

Between Sept. 5 and 11, Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. outlets in New Minas, Wolfville and Antigonish will ask for ID from every customer — whether they look like a post-secondary pupil or a pensioner.

The three communities were chosen for the pilot awareness campaign, which coincides with frosh week, based on their high concentration of university students. [CBC]

Ahhh. A nice reminder that the student year is about to begin. But what about HRM?

“The campaign is designed to be fun, really,” she said. “Everybody gets to feel young again because we’re going to ID everyone.”

You know , I think it will take more than that for some of us.