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View From Nova Scotia: Progressive Taxes Yield Benefits

Nova Scotia’s Tax and Regulatory Review is a valuable and challenging initiative. The Ivany report called for bold action to turn the economy around. Here’s our idea: make broad, innovative changes to increase taxes and make them more progressive. With ballooning deficits, growing inequality, and struggling services, robust changes are needed.

Courtesy of Canadians For Tax Fairness

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Unemployed? Good luck getting EI as eligibility hits all-time low

Just 36.6% of unemployed workers are receiving Employment Insurance – an all-time low in Canada. The new milestone, calculated by comparing the number of regular EI beneficiaries in the latest Statistics Canada report with the number of unemployed workers from the Labour Force Survey, follows a series of policy changes that have made accessing benefits increasingly difficult.

Courtesy of PressProgress

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Rejecting a gold mine and saving the land

Fish Lake, or Teztan Biny in the Tsilhqot’in language, is the site of a gold and copper mine proposal now twice rejected. The lake lies in the heart of Indigenous Tsilhqot’in territory, between the communities of Xeni Gwet’in (Nemiah Band) and Yunesit’in (Stone Band) in BC's central interior. The latest mine proposal for the area was called the New Prosperity project, and included a 125-km transmission line corridor.

Courtesy of Briarpatch Magazine

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Michael Brown is not just another statistic

When police officer Darren Wilson drew out his gun on the afternoon of 9 August, took aim and shot six bullets into Michael Brown, he had no idea it would trigger a riot on the very streets he’d been watching over. After all, who was Michael Brown? Just another black 18-year-old.

Courtesy of New Internationalist Blog

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