Low Voter Turnout: A Problem of Apathy or Accessibility? By Nicole Wambolt

Posted on June 1, 2017

On the heels of the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election, there have been many discussions surrounding compulsory voting legislation and fixed election dates. Why? It is estimated that voter turnout for the past election reached a historic all-time low with fewer than 54% of eligible Nova Scotians showing up to the polls. Nova Scotia tends to have a low voter turnout at provincial elections with the average turnout being around 60% in the more recent years. Despite efforts to increase voter turnout such as extending the time period for advanced polls and ensuring all polling stations were accessible by wheelchair, the 2017 election continued on the trend of declining voter turnout in Nova Scotia.

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Transparency Made Clearer by Brandon MacDonald

Posted on March 16, 2017

In every level of politics transparency is a word that tends to be thrown around a lot. It’s a word that we often listen for and want to hear from our candidates for good reason. Transparency doesn’t mean anything political until we attach its definition to politics. Simply, it means to be transparent which is to be clear and to have the ability to see through something of substance. When we align this definition to politics, what we then mean by being “transparent” is that we are being clear and open about our actions and what we are doing; that we are hiding nothing and being open about everything. In relation to politics on all levels, transparency is difficult to ensure.

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The Importance of Articulation By Justin Jamieson

Posted on February 21, 2017

The purpose of an articulation agreement between a community college and a university is to provide graduates with further opportunities for study even after they have finished a diploma program. It would be no surprise then, that Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has been tirelessly working with universities in Nova Scotia to work more of their diploma programs into the beginnings of a degree. The benefit to NSCC is that they can increase the appeal of their programs by attracting students who might have been considering going to university first, and instead allowing them to get many of the first two years of courses at a fraction of the price. The universities benefit from increased enrollment in their undergraduate programs. However, I would argue that largest benefactor of these agreements is certainly the students themselves.

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Strategic Plan 2016-2019

Posted on September 30, 2016

“A Strategic Plan allows for planning, execution, and reflection to occur for
StudentsNS. With such a high turnover of Board members, StudentsNS believes
that a long-term strategic plan is essential to ensure that the goals of StudentsNS
are not lost. Each year, the new Board will be able to use this Strategic Plan as
a measurement tool, a guiding document, and a reminder of work yet to be
accomplished. Our hope is that the affordability, accessibility, quality of post-secondary education continue to improve, while maintaining a strong role for the student voice. The five strategic directions StudentsNS will take with this Strategic Plan are: 

1. Improving access and affordability to post-secondary education in Nova Scotia.
2. Ensuring more post-secondary graduates can stay in Nova Scotia to work.
3. Increasing student participation in civic engagement.
4. Building strategic and multi-sectorial partnerships.
5. Continuing to strengthen StudentsNS membership.

The 2016-2017 StudentsNS Board is excited to tackle these challenges as a part of a long history of strong student advocacy within our organization.”

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StudentsNS calls on province to pass Sexual Assault Prevention Legislation

Posted on April 28, 2016

For Immediate Release
April 28th, 2016

Halifax, N.S. – StudentsNS is calling on the government to support the passage of Bill 164 put forward by the Progressive Conservatives. The bill introduced this week is similar to the New Democratic Party’s Bill 114, but addresses the previous concerns StudentsNS had. Bill 164 calls for the necessary action surrounding sexualized violence prevention.

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StFX Students’ Union signs historic consultation agreement with their Board of Governors

Posted on March 4, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. – The St. Francis Xavier Students’ Union (The U) has signed a historic agreement with the St. Francis Xavier Board of Governors (The Board). The two parties agreed to the terms of the agreement last week, after months of collaborative consultation. The U President, Troy Mrazek, and University President, Dr. Kent MacDonald, signed off on the agreement Wednesday March 2, 2016.

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StudentsNS concludes its largest Advocacy Week

Posted on February 22, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. – Last week, StudentsNS successfully held advocacy meetings with MLAs from all three provincial parties. Delegates from StudentsNS’s member schools met with approximately half of the sitting Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) over the course of two days.

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StudentsNS releases Pre-Budget Submission focused on student assistance, underrepresented groups, and MSI coverage

Posted on February 2, 2016

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2016

Halifax, N.S. – Today, StudentsNS released their 2016 Pre-Budget submission, Investing in Nova Scotia’s Future, Today. This documents calls on the government to make key, strategic investments into the Nova Scotia Student Assistance Program, support for Nova Scotia’s Indigenous and African Nova Scotian Communities, and the coverage of health insurance for international students.

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