Tag: NS Government

Housing is health care

21 October, 2021 — This Wednesday, Premier Tim Houston unveiled his government’s blueprint for dealing with the province’s housing crisis. We’re especially appreciative of the decision to cap rent increases until December 31, 2023. This was an important change of perspective from the new Premier.


Media release: Grievers must be our top priority; NSCSW calls for a public inquiry into the Colchester County mass shooting

July 27, 2020 — The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) call on the provincial and federal ministers of justice to reconsider their position on holding a full public inquiry into the mass shootings that began in Portapique,Nova Scotia (the worst mass shooting in Canadian history).


Open letter: Flattening the mental health curve

Now is the time to enact the best evidence-based policy tools to alleviate stress on what was already an overburdened mental health system. As with the COVID-19 public health response, we must try to prevent a huge spike in mental health needs, to avoid overburdening the system all at once. With the horrific events of April 19 squarely in the hearts and minds of Nova Scotians we must act now to ensure that the social determinants of mental health are acted on and ensure that all Nova Scotians have universal access to mental health services.


Open Letter: Protecting vulnerable children and youth during COVID-19 pandemic

The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers, like many in our province, is particularly concerned about vulnerable children and youth during this time of crisis. We are asking that the province implement the following steps to ensure that vulnerable children, youth and their families are protected throughout these unsettling times.


Province says we’ll be “Better Together,” but when?

On Tuesday February 25 2020 the Nova Scotia government tabled what they claimed to be a balanced budget: a budget that lowered corporate taxes and reduced per capita social expenditures. The theme of this budget is “Better Together,” which promotes the idea that a collective response to our current struggles is needed. The content of the budget has incremental changes in that direction, but ultimately falls short of that promise.


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