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ing opening more collaborative care centres and freezing the premiums on pharmacare. It’s important to look at other, innovative service delivery models, he said.
“We’re trying to develop a holistic medical system that’s not completely and unilaterally reliant on physicians, that people get the care they need and that we can fund a cost effective heath care system,” Schneider said.
Simply throwing money at the problem of a doctor shortage doesn’t seem to work.
“There are people in Digby who are coming to Wolfville for doctors because they can’t find a doctor in Digby,” Richardson said.
When it comes to health and wellness, the Green Party wants to focus on preventative measures and a more holistic health care model, including collaborative care clinics hand allowing doctors to specialize.
The NDP would repeal Bill 75 in its entirety, he said.
“You took away their collective bargaining rights,” Schneider said. “I mean what’s next, every other union in the province? How are you supposed to support our education system by creating such an antagonistic relationship with our teachers?”
He said the NDP would negotiate meaningfully with teachers and provide them with support in the classroom through specialists.
Schneider would like to bring a tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk kids that he is involved with in the city to the Valley.
The Green Party Bill 75. She said would repeal she’s taught at Landmark East and knows that some students don’t make it through the school system. There has to be some individual help for those that are struggling.
“It’s not a one-size-fits-all,” Richardson said.
She said the Green Party would have an inter-departmental strategy involving Education, Health and Community Services “to nurture the whole child development and life-long learning.”
He has a son entering the school system next year and he’s afraid that actions taken to fix the education system won’t be drastic enough.
“Other than metaphorically dragging Stephen McNeil into the streets and holding him accountable, we need to do something different,” Hirtle said.
He proposes firing the school boards and giving teachers and principals with the know-how the chance to run education. Hirtle said this would free up money to hire more teachers and reduce classroom sizes.