A study by researchers at Dalhousie University estimates food inflation will increase in 2017, driven by a falling loonie and U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's first year in the White House.
Food prices overall are expected to rise between three and five per cent, with meat (especially chicken and pork), vegetables, fish and other seafood among those projected to jump by four to six per cent.
"We are confident the Nova Scotia Teachers Union has modified its directives in such a way that schools can now open safely."
Education Minister Karen Casey said at an afternoon news conference on Tuesday that the original decision to close schools was needed to ensure student safety, citing risks posed by the union's job action.
But she said discussions with the union leadership over the... View details ⇨
"One way to potentially interpret this is that the Trudeau government has shown that they're willing to approve projects that will get our resources to market."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week announced that work can proceed on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge Line 3 pipelines, but that has raised speculation the federal government and the oil industry might see less need... View details ⇨
UPDATE: A Nova Scotia Teachers Union source originally confirmed talks were taking place, but following the recess vote in the house, union president Liette Doucet said she was unaware of any formalized talks.
Neither Premier Stephen McNeil nor Education Minister Karen Casey were on hand for the house vote.
Doucet said the government had reached out to union officials for some... View details ⇨
"There was no superintendent in this province who could say to us, 'We can guarantee that the child will be safe. I knew that they were nervous, I was nervous. We had to make a decision that would protect students."
Karen Casey said Sunday that she recognizes the school closures are an "inconvenience" but concerns for students' safety have to take precedence, given what she says are the... View details ⇨
"We really want people to know this isn't just about students. It isn't just about the teachers, this isn't just about the government. This affects all of us."
As Nova Scotia parents rush to find alternative child care options following the provincial government’s decision to shut down schools, some students are taking to the streets to show support for their teachers.