There are six super redevelopment agencies in this province under the umbrella group Nova Scotia Association of Redevelopment Agencies. At one time there was only ACOA, created in 1986 by the federal government to provide Financial assistance to fledgling businesses in economically depressed areas of Atlantic Canada . Since these agencies have been created it seems that they have been a creator of very lucrative, high paying jobs for friends and cronies of politicians. Where funding was suppose to be used mainly for job creation, it seems that financial assistance has been diverted for things like golf courses, yacht squadrons, paper mill bailouts, fish farms, Michelin, LED Roadway and corporate welfare for companies like the Irvings. The list is long. Billions have been paid out in this manner causing a $15,000,000,000.00 provincial debt that taxpayers and their grandchildren will be paying into infamy. Taxes are through the roof, as a result and the jobless rate is among the highest in Canada. More jobs will be lost as the provincial government attempts to save money and reduce the provincial debt. More young people will be forced to leave the province and round and round we go. Until there a forensic audit done on the development agencies and we get a handle on where the money is being spent we can expect to go further into debt, higher taxes and continued job losses. On top of all this doom and gloom, as pensioners continue to lose ground in their meagre cost of living raises, more older people are continuing to work in order to subsidize their pensions making it difficult for younger people to become gainfully employed. I wish the young people luck in finding jobs in this province.
This project should not go through unless the developer is going to cough up the money to do it. Why should the taxpayer finance anything that is going to benefit the developer when someone like Fred Morley has to pay $5000.00+ out of his own pocket for sewage upgrades? People in the Eastern Passage area are going to have to do the same to the benefit of developers there. Seems like there are two sets of rules, one for the rich and one for the rest of us.
Read the blog for Bringing Timberlea Sewage Downtown. HRM has turned off 82 year old Fred Morley's water for not complying to update his sewage pipes and must pay $5000.00 or more to do the update before his water is turned back on. At the same time the taxpayers of HRM are going to pay millions of dollars for sewage infrastructure so that a developer in Timberlea can hook up sewage pipes for his planned subdivision. What is wrong with this picture?
Just on the radio talk show, again this morning, the same economic professor from the University of Toronto, stated that even though Detroit city is bankrupt it is going ahead with plans to build a new hockey rink for the Detroit Red wings. The people driving this must be out of their minds. It is so bad there that when a house is on fire they let it burn to the ground because they can't pay their firemen.
WE DO NOT NEED A STADIUM! Weren't we already through this exercise about a stadium before. The proponents, including the mayor, for this stadium have the mantra that, "It is good for the city and the economy." One economic professor, in an interview about Detroit's bankruptcy, indicated that there were over another hundred U.S cities that were on the verge of bankruptcy. He stated that cities should be concentrating on their infrastructure instead of stadiums and convention centres, siting that there are interest groups that want fancy buildings that will only benefit the privileged and are things most cities can least afford due to the high cost of building and maintaining them.
Great article. Well said. To add to the information stated, I have been following the money as well. Nova Scotia has traded its social organizational structure that supported the people for a corporate organizational structure that supports corporate welfare. We are inundated with financial bodies that are tripping over one another. It started with the creation of ACOA in 1987. Since then a total of sixteen new economic agencies have been created. They include NSBI (Nova Scotia Business Inc.), ECBC (Enterprise Cape Breton Corp.), NS CBDB (Nova Scotia Community Business Development Corporation), NSARDA (Nova Scotia Association Redevelopment Agency) which is the umbrella group for twelve sub redevelopment agencies spread through the province. They include; Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency, Antigonish Regional Development Authority, Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, Colchester Regional Development Agency, Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, Guysborough County Regional Development Authority, Greater Halifax Partnership, Hants Regional Development Authority, Kings Community Economic Development Agency, Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency, Pictou Regional Development Commission, Strait-Highlands Regional Development Agency. Now you will note Cape breton has ACOA, NSBI, ECBC, CBDB and SHRDA, potentially all working for the Cape Breton Regional Authority. Halifax has ACOA, NSBI, CBDB, GHP and now, it has created another committee to oversee the GHP. How many economic and development agencies do we need? As far as i am concerned they are nothing but a make work projects for the well heeled and the well connected to provide high paying positions to friends of friends (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) and is comparable to what Mike Duffy has done on the national scene. We no longer have a free enterprise system where businesses survive through their own fiscal management but are supported by the taxpayer and only businesses from outside the province benefit. We also have traded Democracy for a system of Corporatism where the people are gouged and bled of their meagre incomes to support the rich and powerful. The mantra that is spouted every time taxpayer money is handed over to a corporation is, "It is for the economic good and the prosperity for the people of Nova Scotia." I have lived in Nova Scotia all of my life and can remember all of the examples given in Tim Bousquet's article for corporate handouts and despite the feeble attempts of economic prosperity and the creation of countless economic agencies, I have not experienced any great leaps of economic prosperity. All I have seen are young people leaving the province in droves for western jobs, high taxes, massive job losses and the health and education systems in shambles. The NDP are no better in caring for the people of Nova Scotia and in fact have given a record 3.2 billion dollars in corporate welfare. We live in the oldest province with the oldest population with the highest taxes and unemployment and pay the most for every thing we buy. Can it get any better?
Folks that are in support of backyard chickens need to become educated as I was. It seems that chickens stop laying eggs after a few years and unless you are prepared to slaughter your backyard chickens or keep them as pets for about fourteen years you may change your way of thinking. Now, that is not to say that some people are unwilling to do this. However, anyone thinking that their eggs could be a cheap commodity may be dismayed at this as well. Chickens like all other living creatures get sick and costs for veterinarian service, as we all know, can be very expensive. For those folks who say that chicken coups do not produce foul (fowl) odours also need to know that in order for this not to happen takes very high maintenance on the part of the owner meaning daily cleaning of the chicken coups making sure that droppings, spilled feed and any hidden or forgotten eggs are gathered. If this is not done other vermin from rats to racoons will surely make their presence known. In light of this knowledge, if a person desires to raise chickens an urban environment, then an agreement between the municipal government and the owner should be signed where the owner would be responsible for all maintenance and subject to periodical inspections, meaning HRM should draft permits for backyard chickens and be prepared to hire livestock inspectors, the same as what would happen for any chicken farmer. I am sure HRM taxpayers would be pleased to burden the added expense to do this.
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