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How much poverty costs in each Atlantic Province is detailed in a new report

4 / 9 / 2021

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS), along with partners in each Atlantic province, released The Cost of Poverty in the Atlantic Provinces. The report provides the total cost of poverty in the Atlantic provinces, which ranges from $2 billion per year in Nova Scotia to $273 million in Prince Edward Island. It costs close to $959 million in Newfoundland and Labrador and $1.4 billion in New Brunswick.“The purpose of the report is to illustrate the shared economic burden...

Minister Cardy needs to listen to experts

4 / 7 / 2021

“So far I’ve heard people say the status quo is fine, we just need to do the same thing that hasn’t worked - more and harder and I don’t think it’s a sensible policy approach, so I won’t be following that one.”Education Minister Dominic Cardy made the statement in the Telegraph-Journal regarding his controversial amendment to the Education Act which would allow some resource teachers to administer psychological tests that should only be done by licensed and trained psychologists.Since the...

Actions don’t meet rhetoric on mental health

3 / 23 / 2021

The provincial government has stated it wants to make the necessary changes and investments to help improve the quality of mental health services in the province.However, their actions and words don’t seem to matchup.For instance, journalists noted politicians laughing during a debate in the legislature concerning mental health last week. This shows some elected officials don’t grasp the severity of the situation or are unconcerned about a very serious topic.Then came the budget. While government framed that it was making...

NBU reaction to provincial budget

3 / 17 / 2021

Details are important, especially when it comes to the provincial budget.Today’s budget is no exception. We hope the $11.1 million for physician recruitment will bring in more doctors to the province, but with no details, it’s hard to be overly optimistic as the province has seen a drain of professionals leaving for many years.The same goes for mental health spending. Again, we wanted to see more funds allocated, but this budget has the same percentage of spending on mental health...

Investments in public sector health care needed in New Brunswick

3 / 12 / 2021

The New Brunswick Health Coalition is urging the provincial government to make much needed investments in the public health care system as it begins its public consultation process.“The pandemic has demonstrated just how valuable the public health care system is not just for New Brunswickers, but across the country,” said NB Health Coalition co-chair Abram Lutes. “Investment in the system now will have a tremendous impact on the lives of New Brunswickers both immediately and into the future.”The coalition has...

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