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Re: “Saying farewell to Nova Scotia for a reason

We live in Iqaluit. Originally from NS, but moved here in 2003. We gave NS a shot in 2008 - 2011. Both of us are teachers with 2 small children. NS offers petty work and low wages, and very high costs of living in every sense of the word. Hiring practices were backwards, and prospects for the future were not much to speak of. Further, decreasing enrolment and what we saw happening in education led us to choose better opportunities for ourselves and our children. We opted to come back north (where the cost of living is about quadruple, but at least we are compensated accordingly).

NS needs to figure out how to get young people to stay. Our aging population is working longer than ever expected, and it's eating up a lot of the work for the younger population, who are often paying HUGE tuition payments to make their way into fields that they will eventually give up on because there is no work ...or they will move away. Policies need to reflect Nova Scotia's vision for the future. NS will never be an Alberta...but it has huge potential in other areas. A lot of people don't know how to be entrepreneurs (including myself), but it is very much a part of NS's future. The NS government must figure out how to support people down this avenue.

Until that happens, we will continue to miss and long for our families and friends at home in NS, but settle for full time work, that we are well paid for, and the fantastic opportunities available to our children here.

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Posted by notherncaper on 12/12/2013 at 10:56 PM

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