The Club of Rome comes to Annapolis Royal

Michael Atkins: "It is the best of times and the worst of times in Nova Scotia. The town of Bridgetown (incorporated 1867) disappeared last week into the County of Annapolis. It just didn’t have the money to stay alive. A few years ago, all councillors just gave up and it fell into trusteeship. In LaHave, Nova Scotia, where I go in the summer, the cost of using the essential local ferry has been increased 165 per cent by a province trying to balance its books. The province also wiped out its Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, laying off some 300 people in its recent budget.

Amidst the doom and gloom, the failed subsidies, the diminished fisheries, the demographic tsunami, the higher taxes, the failed forestry policies, the outrageous cost overruns (the Bluenose), the potholes, and the belt-tightening, something else is happening."