31 Oct Nova Scotia Health Coalition Endorses Canadian Federation of Students’ Day of Action

The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is proud to endorse the Canadian Federation of Students' 2016 Day of Action for universal access to education. The Health Coalition believes that universal access to public services is a basic right and opposes user fees on public services. Education, like healthcare, should be accessible to all people based on their needs, not based on what province they live in or how much money they have in their pockets. The erosion of public services in Canada has been ongoing for decades and we are excited to see a new generation fighting back against user fees and privitization....

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26 Sep Nova Scotia Health Coalition Launches New Campaign Against Private Healthcare Deals

The Nova Scotia Health Coalition launched its new province-wide campaign against for-profit deals to replace hospitals and other public healthcare infrastructure today. The campaign, Private Deals, Proven Failures, includes province wide television ads which begin running Monday night. The campaign highlights private funding deals’ proven record of failure when used to finance and build public infrastructure. “Public buildings like hospitals, schools and libraries are the centres our communities and we should make sure that Nova Scotians, not-for-profit companies, own and control them,” said Chris Parsons, the Coalition’s Provincial Coordinator. “From the P3 schools in Nova Scotia to hospitals in England, we have over two...

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11 Jul Federal Lobby Meetings

In late May we met with five members of parliament from across Nova Scotia. Health Coalition volunteers, staff and board members met with Bernadette Jordan, Bill Casey, Geoff Reagan, Andy Fillmore and Darrell Sampson as part of a nationwide coordinated lobby week. We had five major priorities: The need for the federal government to negotiate a new national Health Accord with the provinces to replace the previous accord which expired in 2014. A new Health Accord would ensure that all Canadian have access to high quality public healthcare regardless of where they live or how much money is in their pocket. The...

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07 Jul Staffing changes at the NS Health Coalition

There have been some changes in staffing at the Nova Scotia Health Coalition.   June was Katelyn Armstrong’s last month with the Coalition. Katelyn was our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator and was instrumental in the success of our 2015 federal election campaign. As anyone who volunteered with us knows, Katelyn’s energy, commitment and general good cheer have helped define the Coalition for the last year and we were lucky to have her.   In May Chris Parsons joined the coalition as our new Provincial Coordinator. Chris has been involved in political organizing in Halifax for over a decade and before coming to the Coalition he...

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12 Aug All-Candidates Debate and AGM Sept. 20

When: September 20, 2015 Where: Best Western Bridgewater, 527 Highway 10 Exit 12 Annual General Meeting: 10am-12pm All-Candidates Debate: 1pm-2.30pm The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is hosting an All-Candidates debate on health and inequality with Federal election candidates running in South Shore-St. Margaret's. This debate is free for all to attend! This debate focuses on key health care issues, such as a national drug plan, seniors care, a new health accord, eliminating poverty, as well as health care for refugees. The event will be moderated by Dave Stephens, the News Director at Lighthouse Now! The debate will follow our Annual General Meeting. To RSVP for the AGM please send...

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22 Jun Stand up for Progress National Tour comes to Halifax

The Broadbent Institute’s Stand up for Progress National Tour featuring Harry Leslie Smith is coming to Halifax. Smith is the author of the acclaimed book, Harry’s Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save it, and at 92, he’s Canada’s oldest rebel inspiring the next generation of activists. Smith survived the Great Depression and fought in the Second World War for the United Kingdom. After the war, immigrated to Canada and contributed to the expansion of the welfare state. On the eve of the federal election, the veteran will be in Halifax to talk...

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