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    • by Tony Tracy: Friday August 8, 2014

      Halifax, NS – Statistics Canada released the monthly Labour Force Survey today showing that while unemployment was down across Canada, it is up considerably in Nova Scotia.  Unemployment went from 8.7% to 9.1%.  This means there are currently 44,700 people unemployed in Nova Scotia.  This number also doesn’t include the number of folks who have given up on looking for work, or people who are working part-time jobs because they can’t find full time work.  When these people are included unemployment is in the double digits. “The situation is getting desperate,” says Kyle Buott, President of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council. “With almost 45,000 people unemployed, our province continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.” The provincial Liberal government elected last fall has not released a plan to address this massive problem.  Instead of taking action to address unemployment, the Liberals have continued to dole out corporate handouts but with accountability than ever before. “The Liberals recently gave total control of the Jobs Fund to the corporate sector.  Instead of public oversight, now corporations get to decide amongst themselves which of their buddies get access to corporate . . .
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    • by Kyle Buott: Friday December 6, 2013

      December 6th - Day to End Violence Against Women By Joyclin Coates, Vice President of Women's rights, Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council   Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student 24 years ago on  December  6, 2014   these  young women  were  gunned  down  by a lone assailant.   And on  December  6 of each year  since  1991   this day has been observed  as the   National  Day of  Remembrance and Action on Violence against  Women.   The reasons  are well documented  about  the motivation for the killings,  --  because  they were  women,   and they were  involved in  education in fields of study which have long been a  stronghold   for  careers   for men. Around the world  the  . . .
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    • by Kyle Buott: Wednesday September 4, 2013

      Solutions Beyond Capitalism: Public Ownership of Telecommunications By Kyle Buott, President, Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council and a member of Solidarity Halifax   Canada’s telecom giants (Rogers, Bell and Telus, et al) have been running ads for the last months opposing the entrance of Verizon, an American company, into the Canadian wireless market.  Recently Verizon announced they would not be entering the Canadian market after all. For Canadians however, this was a lose-lose situation.  If Verizon did come to Canada, we would just have a fourth mega corporations charging us some of the highest wireless rates in the world.  Now that Verizon isn’t coming we just have a three mega corporations charging us some of the highest wireless rates in the world. Big deal. The problem isn’t the number of massive corporations exploiting us, it’s that they are exploiting us for their own profit.  That’s the issue. All of the coverage of this issue so far has ignored what is happening.  The Harper regime is planning to auction off the public airwaves to these mega corporations.  These airwaves, like all natural resources, are publicly owned and Canadians should be the ones to benefit from them, not the . . .
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    • by Kyle Buott: Thursday August 29, 2013

      Our Suffering = Emera’s Corporate Empire By Kyle Buott, President, Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council Emera’s corporate empire is growing again – paid for by rate hikes on Nova Scotians. Emera, the corporation that owns Nova Scotia Power, just announced it plans to buy three natural gas power plants. One in Connecticut, one in Rhode Island and one in Maine.  Must be nice. In part, this will be financed with the $126 million in profits Nova Scotia Power raked in last year by charging us some of the highest rates in the country for electricity.  Not to mention the major rate hike they just got. Today in Nova Scotia, the money we pay for electricity leaves the province to fund the growth of Emera’s corporate empire.  Our electricity bills generate Emera’s profits.  This is the problem – private, for-profit ownership of electricity. This is outrageous. Nova Scotia is one of only two provinces without some form of public energy utility.  The other is Alberta.  Alberta never had one, and we were the only province foolish enough to sell ours.  Today, we are paying dearly for that mistake. The only solution to this problem is to correct the mistake . . .
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    • by Kyle Buott: Thursday April 25, 2013

      This morning, I will be participating in a consultation with the NDP's ONE Nova Scotia commission on economic development. There are five key recommendations I will be making on behalf of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council. 1. Expropriate Nova Scotia Power - Emera holds our economy hostage through private, for-profit ownership of electricity.  The NDP should reverse the errors made by the Conservatives when they privatized Nova Scotia Power, and the Liberals error when they allowed the creation of Emera.  We should return Nova Scotia Power to democratic, public ownership. Power to the People! Learn more at www.solidarityhalifax.ca/power 2. Eliminate Nova Scotia Business Inc. - NSBI is a major avenue for corporate handouts in Nova Scotia. As recommended by the CCPA Alternative Budget, we should scrap NSBI and re-invest those resources in building co-operatives and democratic economy planning.Let's invest in our local economy, not come-from-away mega-corporations. Learn more in the CCPA-NS Alternative Budget: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/nsapb2013 3. Eliminate Poverty - The cost of poverty in Nova Scotia is huge, both in terms of the human cost and the economic cost.  Its estimated that poverty costs or economy about $1.5 billion to $2.2 billion each year.  Poverty is . . .
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    • by Carrie Campbell: Thursday April 11, 2013

      The Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia has just released their 2012 Annual Report and the statistics are staggering. Last year, 32 Nova Scotians did not make it home from work. Of the 32 fatalities in 2012, ten Nova Scotians died on the job due to an acute traumatic event in the workplace. This represents an increase of four acute fatalities from 2011. 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Westray Mining Disaster where 26 miners were killed in an underground methane explosion.  The mining company was charged with 52 violations under the Health and Safety Act but after several months the charges were stayed.  In April of 1993, two of the managers were charged with manslaughter.  Those charges were quickly dropped by the judge.  In July, new charges were laid and after a long trial, these charges were also stayed.  A court appeal ruled that a new trial should be held.  To this day, nobody has ever been held legally accountable for the deaths of 26 miners after prosecutors determined there was not enough evidence to secure convictions. Despite the lessons of Westray, workers continue to be killed and injured on the job . . .
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Historic Quotes from Labour's Past in Nova Scotia.

‘I believe in telling children the truth about the history of the world, that it does not consist in the history of Kings and Lords and Cabinets, but consists in the history of the mass of the workers, a thing that is not taught in the schools.’ — James Bryson McLachlan Biography – (1869 – 1937), coal miner, labour leader, Editor Maritime Labour Herald, Nova Scotia Miner