Remember today

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“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13)

 

Remember this today.


How YOU can help change Nova Scotia!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

"I'd like to help. What can I do?"

"I don't really follow politics but I like what I hear"

"I have no experience but I want to get involved"

We are hearing these more and more as we organize across the province for the next election. All of us got involved in the grass roots Atlantica Movement by asking the same questions. You are in good company! There are a lot of ways you can help out, from a little to a lot. Take your pick:

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Birthday wishes on the Queen's 90th

We join Nova Scotians in wishing a happy 90th birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Atlantica Party


Howe now?

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His giant portrait looks down on the floor of the Legislature. His statue presides outside.

We are celebrating Joseph Howe Day and it is fitting that we do so. But why does Joseph Howe loom so large as Nova Scotia’s greatest leader and, yes, rebel? 

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Donairs are not enough

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Donairs are not enough

Statistics Canada just reported Nova Scotia the only province in Canada to register population decline from 2011 to 2014. It is not surprising to have Alberta outstrip us in population growth, but PEI? And according to the report things are only going to get worse.

Nova Scotia population stagnation and decline is an old and tired story. This problem has been ongoing for decades (since 1867 really) and the Status Quo Parties have been unwilling to deal with the problem.

The problem is Nova Scotia’s economy is too weak to provide the jobs and standard of living available elsewhere. 

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Which voting system should Canada use?

Response to The Metro’s Face Off feature October 31 – November 1

‘Which voting system should Canada use?’

http://www.metronews.ca/views/opinion/2015/10/29/which-voting-system-should-canada-use.html

Canada needs electoral reform. Our current system (First-Past-The-Post or FPTP) was designed for a two party system - one clear winner with a majority and one clear loser with the minority. With three parties FPTP begins to break down. In these days of four or more parties FPTP no longer works at all (some Federal ridings in the recent election had 10 candidates!). So articles such as this are important to start the debate on electoral reform.

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A corporate welfare fund by any other name

The Public Accounts Committee is about to review the now defunct Nova Scotia Jobs Fund of the previous NDP government. The Fund was the politically controlled fund used to lend/give money to the Irvings and the Port Hawkesbury paper mill among many others. And apparently many of the loans were accompanied with non-disclosure clauses so the details of how taxpayers’ money was lent/given will remain secret. Although the cost to taxpayers is now only in the $10s of millions, the Traves Report on the Fund reported more than a year ago a portfolio of $776 million in loans, loan guarantees, equity investments and out-right grants.
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Nova Scotia small business tax changes. Oh, wait! Sorry.

Provinces in Canada generally tax business income a t two different rates. Incomes below a certain cutoff are deemed small business income and are taxed less than income above a cutoff. This is in line with the thinking small business should be favoured. Across Canada the Low Rate ranges from zero to 4.5% while the High Rate runs 11% to 16%.
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Response to Bruce Lantz’s article

Response to 

“Only radical electoral reform can fix voter disconnect” by Bruce Lantz Published: The Chronicle Herald August 17, 2015

http://thechronicleherald.ca/letters/1305214-only-radical-electoral-reform-can-fix-voter-disconnect

 

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