Hello to all NSEF supporters:
The NSEF has booked the next public meeting. We will meet at Center 200 in the mezzanine on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00pm to 8:30pm. We have had many meetings and discovered many things over the summer that we will discuss with you. There will be a few presentations as well and the next protest (a day or two following this meeting) will be announced.
We ask all of our supporters, if you are available, to join us as we support The Northsider’s for the Northside General who will be holding a town hall meeting on Sunday, September 23rd from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Cape Breton Exhibition Arena at 105 Regent Street in North Sydney. It is time for all Cape Bretoner’s to come together and fight the severe under-funding taking place on our island. There is strength in numbers and as Helen Keller said: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”
Thank you for being part of the solution and coming together to stand up for the future of Cape Breton. Together, we will send the Nova Scotia Government a loud, clear message that we, the residents of Nova Scotia make the decisions regarding our future and remind the government that they work for us and we demand transparency and honesty from our public servants.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
The NSEF is fighting to save Cape Breton Island from economic ruin. Ottawa is providing almost $2 billion dollars per year to help us but the Provincial Government is not providing the funds to us or to the rest of rural Nova Scotia. 5 towns have dissolved now and many more have applied. We need to stand together and fight this battle against our own government to ensure we survive. Cape Breton Island is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and we have much going for us but we need to take control of our own destiny and soon or we will die. Please join the NSEF by clicking the “get involved” tab and join our fight….
The Nova Scotia Government will receive $1.838 billion this year in the form of an equalization payment from Ottawa. Halifax, as a city, does not qualify for any of these funds due to their low taxes, low unemployment, infrastructure growth, population growth, etc. The provincial capital will pass out only $32 million to all the towns and municipalities combined from the $1.838 billion and keep the rest in the general revenue. They will keep $1.806 billion in funds that the Constitution Act of 1982 states should reach the areas of the province that need it to build infrastructure, lower taxes, create jobs, etc. etc.
Five towns were recently forced to dissolve in Nova Scotia with the latest fatality being the Town of Canso, a four hundred year old town. Cape Breton Island has a population of over 134,000 with CBRM being its economic center and we receive $15 million in Equalization per year and this figure should be around $246 million. PEI has about 10,000 more residents than Cape Breton and they receive $419 million in Equalization.
The provincial government in Halifax is keeping all the provinces money. It is time to stand up against this crime and tell our provincial government that we will not tolerate this any further. The NSEF have been fighting this situation for over 17 years now and have contacted every level of government possible both federally and provincially but no one will help. This is a direct violation of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and goes against the Constitution of Canada.
It is time to protest to save our Island! We, the people of Cape Breton, will have to do what we are paying our politicians currently to do. Halifax is the fastest growing city in Canada while CBRM now has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. Please click on the “Click here to get involved” tab above to help us fight this battle against our own government and save our most beautiful island. Thank you for your support.
The Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness
Note: The NSEF is in no way associated with any political party. All parties have been in power and have done nothing to help our situation.