Playbook for a Better 2025

first_img “We believe this plan is different from other reports that have come before,” said Jevon MacDonald, coalition member. “It is not a traditional economic development plan. It is not designed to be static. This is another important step in an ongoing process to change our future and the future of our children.” “I am grateful for the hard work of the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition to develop a plan with a wide spectrum of recommendations to help move our province forward,” said Ray Ivany. “I believe that the people of Nova Scotia will also choose ‘Now’ and together we will pursue, with urgency and courage, a path towards a more vibrant, prosperous and unified Nova Scotia.” The plan calls for unprecedented leadership from, and collaboration among industry, business, institutions, communities, First Nations, labour, post-secondary schools, and all levels of government in order to effectively tackle the problems the province faces and realize sustainable change. “There are no silver-bullet solutions and there is a lot of work ahead for Nova Scotians, but with focus in these strategic areas we can reset our trajectory and realize our potential,” added Kent MacDonald, special advisor to the coalition. The Ivany Report projected extended economic and demographic decline. The Collaborative Action Plan: A Playbook for Nova Scotians, outlines the action Nova Scotians can take to achieve the Ivany goals over the next 10 years. The full plan is available at . Nova Scotians have the opportunities, assets and talent to achieve a better future, provided we work together like never before. That message was delivered by the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition today, Nov. 6, as interested groups gathered to discuss the 60 measurable actions recommended in response to the Ivany Report. “The Collaborative Action Plan is a playbook for all Nova Scotians,” said coalition member Henry Demone. “It is designed to help us seize our best short-term opportunities for economic growth in ocean industries, ICT, and exports, while making long-term investments in youth, career development and immigration to create sustainable change and demographic growth over time.” The plan outlines seven action areas that hold the greatest promise for change, plus a comprehensive accountability framework. Progress will be measured and reported by an independent organization or all-party committee of the legislature, with regular updates online. The action areas are: Early Years: Starting Strong Our Future is Young Universities and NSCC as Innovation Hubs Immigration and Welcoming Communities Our ICT Momentum Going Global Nova Scotia’s Ocean Advantage Ensuring Accountability and Sustaining Momentumlast_img read more


UN labour agency meeting to address mass global unemployment

The three-day Forum, which opens on Thursday with an address by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will mark the first tripartite gathering of governments, workers and business addressing employment issues since the 11 September attacks severely disrupted the labour market and accelerated a widespread economic downturn. “In the face of the first synchronized world recession of the globalization era, we need a global stimulus package to combat the crisis,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “The ILO is looking for a coordinated response from UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to integrate global and national policy for creating jobs.” The ILO estimates that due to the attacks, 24 million extra jobs will be lost next year, plus nearly 9 million in the hotel and tourism industry if the slump continues. Even before 11 September, the world was facing a major “decent work deficit,” Mr. Somavia said. Today there are some 1 billion people who are unemployed, underemployed or working poor, while 80 per cent of people of working age have no access to basic social protection. “All this together represents a major crisis of human security,” said the ILO Director-General. “Too many people feel they have lost control of their own destiny.” read more


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