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Apr 15th

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    Nova Scotia NDPJust when you thought nurse morale couldn't get any lower, after Bill 37 and the debate over patient safety, Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil says "I'd be calling them into my office as well" for disciplinary hearings. http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/halifax-nurses-could-face-disciplinary-action-over-illegal-strike-1.1777586
    8 hours ago | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Nova Scotia NDPToday the NDP introduced a bill in the Nova Scotia Legislature to ensure the safety and security of voluntary blood donations in Nova Scotia. The Bill entitled, An Act to Maintain and Preserve Voluntary Blood Donations in Nova Scotia, will ensure private clinics are not allowed to pay Nova Scotians directly to donate blood and blood plasma. Recently in Ontario private clinics opened that offered cash in return for blood donations. The Ontario government responded by introducing legislation to protect the supply of blood and blood products available to the public health care system. “At this point this bill is a preventative measure, but given what happened recently in Ontario the province needs to take action to prevent similar clinics from opening here,” said NDP Health critic Dave Wilson. “We need to ensure private interests don’t try to profit off what is a crucial commodity in our health care system. Nova Scotians need to know blood products are available when they need it the most. Private clinics would place the provincial supply at risk.” http://nsndp.ca/health/protect-blood
    12 hours ago | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Alberta Party“…we are bridging between the recent Alberta of a complacent, comfortable and serene citizenry and headed towards a transformative renewal where care for people, the planet and long term prosperity are integrated and in balance…” Is a political renaissance happening in Alberta? We think so, do you?
    15 hours ago | Alberta,
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    Option Nationale"En 2011, lors de l'élection fédérale, Radio-Canada a publié ces résultats compilés par la boussole électorale qui montrent les différences d'opinion entre les provinces du Canada sur différents sujets de politique et de société. Radio-Canada l'a retiré du net depuis. Est-ce parce que le Québec y paraissait radicalement différent du Canada anglais et que cela ne cadrait pas avec le mandat de Radio-Canada (favoriser l'unité canadienne)? Je ne sais pas. Dans tous les cas, le revoici. À partager." - Catherine Dorion
    16 hours ago | Quebec,
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    Nova Scotia NDPHERALD EDITORIAL BY MATTHEW FURLONG: “Are they entitled? Are they telling me they’re entitled to that money?” Finance Minister Diana Whalen’s response to critics of her government’s decision to end the Graduate Retention Rebate (GRR) is curious indeed. Curious for a government whose inaugural gesture was to call for a collaborative effort among Nova Scotians to reverse our province’s ongoing economic stagnation and demographic decline — problems that presumably affect us all. Ms. Whalen’s invocation of “entitlement” is especially offensive, and an affront to the young people whom successive provincial governments have called our future leaders and our hope for the renewal that Nova Scotia needs now and tomorrow, and the day after that. By contrast, the students and graduates speaking out about the GRR are speaking in the language of aspiration and commitment: the aspiration to a decent life, the commitment to live in Nova Scotia and contribute to our society. http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1199895-there-s-no-liberal-red-carpet-for-grads#.U0vTKvDgtJQ.twitter
    16 hours ago | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Ontario NDPAs Transportation Minister, Kathleen Wynne, eliminated the Bus Replacement Program — hurting transit in dozens of communities across Ontario. Can you really trust the Liberals on transit?
    19 hours ago | Ontario,
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    The Pirate PartyAll things should be explained by comics. http://xkcd.com/1354/ While on the subject I would like to mention that no PPCA members information was compromised by the Heartbleed bug. ~Wilson

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    Sun 3:36 pm | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Nova Scotia NDPNova Scotia New Democrats converged on the NDP Policy Convention in Dartmouth this weekend to lay the groundwork for a better future for Nova Scotia. http://nsndp.ca/ns/rally-against-liberals On Friday night registered nurse Trish MacDonald and health care social worker Heather Smith addressed delegates about the harm Stephen McNeil’s Bill 37 will have on health providers in Nova Scotia. Both expressed concern that nurses and other health care workers will be forced to leave Nova Scotia in the coming years, as they did under the previous Liberal government in the 1990s. “I was lied to. McNeil manipulated the public and manufactured this strike with his refusal to bargain in good faith,” said Smith. Later on Friday evening delegates paid tribute to Atlantic Canada’s first and only NDP Premier Darrell Dexter. Dexter thanked delegates and all Nova Scotians for giving him the opportunity to lead Nova Scotia. “We cared for those whose life was most difficult. We cared about communities, rescuing jobs rather than standing idly by,” said Dexter. “I am proud of these things and many others.”
    Sun 10:26 am | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Sun 7:21 am | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Nova Scotia NDP“We made some mistakes in government,” Maureen MacDonald admitted to the hundreds of party faithful gathered at the Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth. “And for the mistakes we made, I am deeply sorry. I can assure you, I get it. The NDP gets it. And we’ve been given a timeout.” “It was a heartbreaking loss. Today is the day we acknowledge that loss, we put the pain of the fall from government behind us and we begin to look to the future together,” MacDonald told the gathering. “Our party may have suffered a loss, but we’re here today to say, it certainly wasn’t fatal.” http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1200173-macdonald-deeply-sorry-for-ndp-government-s-mistakes
    Sun 4:31 am | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan

Apr 12th

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    The Pirate PartyOpening Statement by Pirate Party of Canada member to Canadian Senate on Bill C-23 - the Elections Act (AKA Unfair Elections Act). Find out why it is a threat to our democracy. #C23 #unfairelxnsact https://www.pirateparty.ca/2014/04/12/20140410c23senatehearings/
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    Nova Scotia NDPFrom Maureen MacDonald's speech at convention: We know that the NDP’s social democratic values work. The social democracies in the world today are the same countries in the top tier of every global index of social progress and wellbeing. Countries like Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. They are the countries with some of the highest measures of equality and social mobility, the healthiest populations, the highest educational achievement, the highest rates of women in the workforce, and the highest standards of living. There is something else these progressive countries have in common: they have excellent credit ratings and some of the lowest debt levels in the world—and it isn’t a coincidence. They value their social wellbeing so highly—they have gone through major changes to ensure their social programs are sustainable. They are facing the same challenges we are facing---globalization, climate change, and technological change---and coming up with new ways to address human needs based on social democratic values.
    Sat 7:16 am | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Nova Scotia NDPFrom Maureen MacDonald's speech at convention: And over the past few weeks, voters’ remorse has likely intensified as Stephen McNeil’s Liberals have shown they have no regard for our nurses and health care workers, and no regard for their collective bargaining rights. It’s déjà vu all over again. Like the Savage Liberals, the McNeil Liberals don’t respect health care workers, and aren’t listening to them. Stephen McNeil’s refusal to negotiate fairly with health care workers at Capital Health is just the beginning. What’s next is the Liberal plan to amalgamate the District Health Authorities—to bring all the hospitals and districts under centralized control in Halifax. Not only will this reduce local involvement and local management of health care, it will throw the entire system into chaos, possibly, for years. A single central health board has been tried in other provinces, and failed. Replacing the DHAs with a single district health authority will hurt health care workers, it will hurt patients, and it will be for nothing. Based on my experience as a health minister I can tell you the Liberals may save a few million dollars, but the costs will be much greater, both in dollars and in disruption to every part of the system. Just like the Savage Liberals---the McNeil Liberals are headed down a path that will have negative repercussions for health care workers and patients for many years to come.
    Sat 7:12 am | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Sat 6:25 am | Ontario,
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    Nova Scotia NDPHERALD coverage of Day 1 of the NDP convention: MacDonald talked about the history she shares with Dexter; they grew up together in the party and went to Province House together in 1998 as MLAs. They’ve been through challenging and successful times, said MacDonald. “In 2009, I was so proud to be part of Darrell’s government and the NDP government when we made history together.” Election night in October was bittersweet, said MacDonald, and watching Dexter on TV during his concession speech made her think “what a gracious, wise and decent human being I have had the privilege to work with and know and call my friend.” Corbett, who isn’t usually at a loss for words, took it easy on his old friend with just a few gentle stories before declaring emphatically that Dexter was the best premier the province has ever had. http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1200120-former-leader-premier-darrell-dexter-optimistic-on-ndp
    Sat 5:41 am | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan
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    Nova Scotia NDPOur 2014 Policy Convention had a great first night. Here's some of what we heard from our guests: Heather, health care social worker: In my last email to Andrew Younger she actually thanked him - she now feels angry enough to get involved in politics. Trish, registered nurse: I voted Liberal twice in my life and was rewarded the first time with Savage Days and the second time with Bill 37. Megan Leslie, Halifax NDP MP: Two *amazing* health care workers just gave inspiring speeches to delgates at the NDP convention: women who are now party members! Rick Clarke, Federation of Labour, notes Stephen McNeil asked him when he's going to retire. "I'll retire after I make him retire." Darrell Dexter, former Leader and the NDP's first Premier of Nova Scotia: I am as optimistic today about the future of our province and of our party as I was at the first nomination meeting.
    Sat 5:25 am | Nova Scotia, Manicouagan

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