The pandemic has exposed the disastrous result of government cuts to vital investments, especially in health care and long-term care. Does the latest budget undo the damage? Dr. Christine Saulnier looks at three key areas that are in urgent need of sustained investments.
Christine Saulnier looks at the llving wage report that Halifax Council will consider on Tuesday. “Why should HRM ask its contractors to pay a living wage and not do so itself? City Council could adopt a resolution committing to pay all direct and indirect city workers a living wage,” she writes.
Christine Saulnier comments on the proposed Bill 213 at Law Amendments, making some great points about its urgency and the importance of climate justice in the new legislation. Christine is the director of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Christine Saulnier, Nova Scotia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, looks at the different ways politicians propose to address poverty in Nova Scotia during this election: wage increases, social programs, tax-based incentives, or a job.
The Liberal plan to cut taxes will not benefit the very poor, while the money could have been used to raise the income assistance rates or reduce the clawbacks, she writes, while simply saying that “the best social program is still a job” ignores the many people who simply are unable to work. Meanwhile, the NDP proposal to raise minimum wage to $15 definitely helps people who are struggling to make ends meet.