Are Mental Health Issues Best Managed by Putting People Off the Job?

Recently I was involved in a lively discussion about the provincial government’s new plans to change how first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are managed under Workers’ Compensation (WCB). Everyone in the room had a working knowledge of the current system and it was clear there are still many unanswered questions about how …

Small Businesses Face Construction Destruction

Small business is offering some constructive advice to municipalities. A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on municipalities to compensate businesses beaten up by infrastructure projects and major projects. The new national report had its genesis in complaints from businesses in downtown Halifax decimated by adjacent infrastructure upgrades and …

Fall Back Up with Brooks Diamond Part 2

Brookes Diamond has managed the careers of Rita MacNeil, The Rankin Family, singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro, Aselin Debison, comedian Bette MacDonald, Ryan's Fancy and children's entertainers Sharon Lois and Bram. With his wife and business partner Fiona, Brookes Diamond Productions has produced countless successful entertainment events including the G-7 Summit Ceilidh, the Tall Ships 2000 main stage shows, the Symphony Explosion with Symphony Nova Scotia, Remembering Stan Rogers, live shows, and television and radio specials. …

Fall Back Up with Brookes Diamond Part 1

Brookes Diamond has managed the careers of Rita MacNeil, The Rankin Family, singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro, Aselin Debison, comedian Bette MacDonald, Ryan's Fancy and children's entertainers Sharon Lois and Bram. With his wife and business partner Fiona, Brookes Diamond Productions has produced countless successful entertainment events including the G-7 Summit Ceilidh, the Tall Ships 2000 main stage …

Let’s Tone Down the Hyperbole and Have a Sensible Discussion of Minimum Wage

Last week, I participated in the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council panel discussion asking the question; what is the right minimum wage for Atlantic Canada? Certainly, one way to get to good public policy is asking the right question. Asking what the right minimum wage for the region is a fair academic question, but we should …

Fall Back Up with Stan Kutcher

Today...a conversation with an internationally-renowned expert in the area of adolescent mental health…Dr. Stan Kutcher A national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation. Dr. Kutcher holds the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health. He works to advance adolescent mental health, education, research and training locally, nationally and internationally. …