Black: Minister overburdened; economic vision suffers

February 14, 2015

Dramatically better economic development is a central theme of the Ivany report. The strategy revealed by the Liberals last spring has had an underwhelming launch. It would help if economic development had a full-time minister working on the right issues.

Students, politicians call for action on Ivany report

February 13, 2015

It’s been a year since Ray Ivany’s One Nova Scotia Commission Report painted a bleak future for Nova Scotia, and students and politicians are saying not enough has been done.

A demonstration today in Halifax’s Victoria Park, co-ordinated by Students NS, an alliance of university student unions, has raised a giant inflatable clock ticking down to midnight with the slogan, “Now or Never” on the face, calling attention to the lack of action. Their campaign has a foreboding title of Farewell to Nova Scotia, implying the province could one day disappear if migration and employment trends continue.

Halifax rally: Province’s inaction is failing youth

February 13, 2015

Students erected a nearly eight-metre-high inflatable clock in Halifax’s busy Spring Garden Road area Thursday to bring attention to the urgency felt by many young people in Nova Scotia.

The prop at Victoria Park wasn’t actually ticking but was emblazoned with the words Now or Never? to draw attention to what students say is the provincial government’s inaction on the Ivany report, especially regarding issues of youth employment, retention and attraction.