why nova scotia infuriates me

February 16, 2010

there will always be a part of nova scotia that stays with me*, but this post is about my anger towards this province.

the extreme prices of food are one aspect. while locally sourced blueberries, milk, and seafood are quite abundant and delicious, the prices are exorbitant. i’ve met blueberry farmers that sell every single berry to U.S. companies, for various reasons, which are related to the ongoing struggle of food prices faced by farms and communities who purchase the berries back from their round-trip “vacation”.

something is also askew when working an hour for minimum wage barely makes the purchase milk accessible at the sale price of $7.50 for 4 litres of milk. that is, if one works.  as of January 2010, the unemployment rate is 9.8%.  according to a Statistics Canada release Nova Scotia was the only province to increase its unemployment rate since July 2009, by 0.2%, whereas the national average decreased by 0.1%. not that i want to get into the health implications here (or even claim milk is superior to other drinks at all), but you wonder why one might prefer soda, at 99cents for 2 litres compared to milk?

meanwhile,  NS seafood farmers champion the “locality” of their goods over foreign products, but export their goods around the world and source labour from offshore workers and temporary immigrant workers.

immigration awareness...to what effect of cost savings?

something doesn’t add up: high unemployment among naturalized citizens + immigrant workers + “local” food sold “globally”…

the common thread tying together this factors, in an inequitable equation for the unemployed, immigrants, and those who experience food insecurity is the Nova Scotia government. as well as “hire an immigrant” programs, government funding is provided for initiatives such as “select nova scotia” and many food security projects. partnerships including farming associations, government, academics, tourism industry partners, social/community agencies, consumer groups, and others appear to be a great start. but these problems are not new, and despite making new governmentally supported friendships, the same people are suffering exploitation and subordination by (now explicitly sanctioned) social, economic, and politically cemented projects.

i soon plan to write about what positively stands out about the social, politic, and economic aspects of nova scotia. in the meantime, peruse some of its natural beauty at: flandrum hill

2 Responses to “why nova scotia infuriates me”

  1. flandrumhill Says:

    Nova Scotia infuriates me too… for many of the same reasons you cited. It’s not just the lobsters that are ‘trapped’ here.

    Wildlife, forests and beaches are beautiful in this province, but not as well managed as one would hope. So much is taken for granted that will be mourned once it’s lost.

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