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Reviewing MLAs perks and pensions

Posted: Dec 6, 2013 2:13 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 6, 2013 2:13 PM ET
When the province's independent review panel delivers its report into MLA remuneration early next year, their salaries and pensions will get most of the attention.But Nova Scotians would do well to take a close look at the fine print.In addition to salaries -- ranging from $89,234.90 for back bench MLAs to more than $200,000 a year for Premier Stephen McNeil -- and their so-called "gold-plated pensions" are dozens of expense claims that add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars...

New government, old tricks

Posted: Dec 4, 2013 1:07 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 4, 2013 1:07 PM ET
In his first speech from the throne Premier Stephen McNeil promised to put Nova Scotians first.Now with the appointment of Glennie Langille to a plum patronage post, the opposition says that pledge should come with an asterisk: long-time Liberal loyalists and failed candidates first, then the rest of us.Ms. Langille is now Nova Scotia's Chief Protocol Officer, replacing Florence Sissine, a civil servant who is retiring.To ensure Ms. Langille wouldn't have to go through a civil service competition to win...

Teen sex and the skewed world of Facebook

Posted: Nov 18, 2013 4:03 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 18, 2013 4:03 PM ET
It is one of the dozens of court cases that wind their way through our justice system that usually go unnoticed by anyone but the parties involved. But in the case of Her Majesty the Queen vs a young person known only by the initials J.T.C., veteran provincial court Judge Jamie Campbell offers some insights into the moral values of some young people, the role social media plays in their lives and the sad course of events that can lead...

Drowning in debt

Posted: Nov 15, 2013 2:38 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 15, 2013 2:38 PM ET
Here's something to think about as we head into the Christmas shopping season: the amount of consumer debt held by Canadian families continues to grow at alarming levels, and Nova Scotia families are no exception.According to new data gathered by the credit agency TransUnion, in the three months ending September 30, the average Nova Scotia owed $25, 277 in non-mortgage debt.That's up from $24,066 in the first quarter of 2012.People live in Halifax have an even higher average debt load:...

The Liberal tide

Posted: Oct 31, 2013 2:52 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 31, 2013 2:52 PM ET
Elections Nova Scotia has now released the official poll-by-poll results for all 51 ridings, and the results paint a compelling picture of the extent of the Liberal tide that swept the province.Six candidates won every single poll in their districts. All but one are Liberals.Stephen McNeil ( Annapolis), Kelly Regan (Bedford), Ben Jessome (Hammonds Plains-Lucasville), Claude O'Hara (Hants West) and Zach Churchill (Yarmouth) all had a perfect night.PC Geoff MacLellan (Glace Bay) was the only non-Liberal to win every poll...

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Reviewing MLAs perks and pensions
Reviewing MLAs perks and pensions
Dec 6, 2:13 PM

When the province's independent review panel delivers its report into MLA remuneration early next year, their salaries and pensions will get most of the attention.But Nova Scotians would do well... more »

New government, old tricks
New government, old tricks
Dec 4, 1:07 PM

In his first speech from the throne Premier Stephen McNeil promised to put Nova Scotians first.Now with the appointment of Glennie Langille to a plum patronage post, the opposition says... more »

Teen sex and the skewed world of Facebook
Teen sex and the skewed world of Facebook
Nov 18, 4:03 PM

It is one of the dozens of court cases that wind their way through our justice system that usually go unnoticed by anyone but the parties involved. But in the... more »

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