Halifax vs Toronto
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