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Re: “Saying farewell to Nova Scotia for a reason

I would love to see NS become an east coast Canadian tech hub. My husband and his brother have a bootstrap startup. There was a push to move to Austin or Seattle, but I want to raise my son in Canada. So we're looking at NS, because I grew up in Maine and it's familiar. We're also considering Vancouver, for obvious tech hub reasons. NS offers fiber optic internet, which is vital for tech hubs, so THE basic infrastructure is already laid. I was surprised to learn, if we live outside of the greater Vancouver area, out in the further eastern burbs, the internet options are reminiscent of 2002. It's not feasible. We're not city people, we don't want to be in the city, we want one close, while residing in a small town. NS gives us these options. It would be a wonderful area to setup a tech hub environment and draw people in. The basic infrastructure with the fiber optics is already laid. Now, if they could deal with tax issue, WTH is up with a 15% tax on everything you buy? I thought 7% was bad, and we don't pay taxes on clothing, shoes or groceries. Why in the world is everything taxed at 15%?

The way to draw young people in is to push the tech hub vibe, a little hippie "grow your own food" mentality and clean air with low business taxes or tax breaks. I can guarantee, in NS there is probably a lot of untapped talent. Untapped because they don't have options, they don't know where to go for a seed round, or even how to seed a round of funding. Today's youth is amazing with technology and writing code isn't anything anyone needs to go to college for. It's done with drive and everything a person needs is freely available.

NS's youth should push for this. Techies are the best people to have around, they are natural earthy and love to keep things clean.

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Posted by Saria on 11/24/2014 at 9:04 AM

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