Hal­i­fax vs Toronto

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

Sorry, An­drew Mur­phy, but you need to get your facts straight (“Turn the ship around and come back to Nova Sco­tia,” Voice of the City, Oc­to­ber 11). In your ar­ti­cle, your claims around home own­er­ship and af­ford­abil­ity are off the mark. CMHC does not man­date a max­i­mum of 30 per­cent of in­come to­wards mort­gage pay­ment—their up­per limit is 39 per­cent. And there is no com­pul­sory down pay­ment of 20 per­cent. Peo­ple can put down as lit­tle as five per­cent. These de­tails mat­ter. Makes you won­der how Joseph Howe’s duel ac­tu­ally went down. —Sean P., Hal­i­fax

Un­for­tu­nately the me­dian in­come is lower here than in On­tario af­ter in­come tax. Also the un­em­ploy­ment rate only in­cludes those ac­tively look­ing for a job. I’m sure the not-em­ployed rate is higher here most of the year, be­cause cit­i­zens have bet­ter ac­cess to EI and rely on it each year between work sea­sons. Ev­ery­thing else you say is spot on, and I re­ally don’t think you can live a life as com­fort­ably in Toronto as you can in Hal­i­fax. —posted at the­coast.ca by Bill Thorn­ton We would love to move back, and you have made ex­cel­lent points. Un­for­tu­nately the state of health­care in NS is scary enough to keep us from leav­ing On­tario. Even my friends in Nova Sco­tia, who would like us to move back, tell us health­care hor­ror sto­ries that keep us away.

—posted by Bonita Sü

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