Nova Scotia

Province's strategy-rich spring costly

Documents obtained by CBC News under the provinces Freedom of Information and Privacy Act show the provincial government spent more than $200,000 on five province-wide plans last spring that ranged from aquaculture to cyberbullying.

Documents obtained by CBC News under the province's Freedom of Information and Privacy Act show the provincial government spent more than $200,000 on five province-wide plans last spring that ranged from aquaculture to cyberbullying.

In March a cyberbullying task force released a report with a number of recommendations. That strategy cost $15,426. The price included the document and the creation of a website.  

In mid-May the Nova Scotia government released a marine renewable energy strategy, which cost taxpayers another $15,279. Two days later, a mental health and addictions strategy was launched at a cost of $19,289.  

At end of May, the province's new $4,368 aquaculture strategy was launched. But it's in June that the province spent the most. The government released plans for a healthier Nova Scotia with a strategy called Thrive! totaling $155,631. 

According to the documents obtained through freedom of information, about half of that amount was spent on building and launching a website as well as creating video content for the site. 

Liberal critic Andrew Younger said he is not impressed with the amount being spent on these initiatives.  

"This government is becoming very adept at communications and very adept at spending money on communications and social media and so forth and still not very good at actually getting things done," Younger told CBC News.  

The Minister of Health and Wellness Dave Wilson, last spring's biggest spender, said this is tax money well spent.  

"I think it's a cost effective manner to ensure that we have our message out to Nova Scotians," said Wilson.