Panel discusses Ivany report

Heather Brimicombe
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‘I’m excited to see what we can do’

How to improve life in Nova Scotia was the topic of a forum at the New Glasgow library Tuesday night.

Westville Councillor Lennie White moderated and took part in the Forward Thinking—Forward Action panel discussion on the Ivany Report Tuesday night. 

“We want the discussion to be on where we are and where we’re going,” said Lennie White, Westville Councilor and moderator for Tuesday night’s Ivany Report public panel and discussion.

The final report, titled Now or Never: An urgent call to action for Nova Scotians, was presented Feb.12 in Halifax.

The New Glasgow Library hosted the public discussion for Pictou County, with a full room showing up to hear the panel and discuss the report. Panelists Included Mark Austin, the Director of Research and Communications for the commission, as well as a few local business owners, Marilla Stephenson of the Chronicle Herald, and a few others.

“The situation that were in and that were facing, if we keep on the same path, is really one that we think needs to be addressed urgently,” said Austin in reference to the report.

The report, also dubbed Our New Economy (ONE) Nova Scotia is a call out to improve the attitudes and practices of Nova Scotians in order to help the province. Ray Ivany and four others wrote the report as members of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building our New Economy

Some of the topics that were discussed by the panel included immigration, entrepreneurship, and government structures.

 “I spoke with Ray Ivany after one session, about Pictou County and the issue we are having, getting together,” said White, “He said, ‘Just do it’.”

Getting together was more or less the theme of the night with the discussion ending in Councilor White giving out his councilor email address for anyone looking to stay in the loop or help out.

“How can we be forward together when we are so divisive,” said White.

Stephanie Cooper of BaKED Food Café was in the audience, as a local business owner and resident of Pictou County interested in moving forward.

“My personal approach is if I want to do something I want to be committed to it 100 per cent,” said Cooper, who is already thinking of ways to get the younger portion of the population involved in these issues. 

Organizations: New Glasgow Library, Nova Scotia Commission on Building

Geographic location: Pictou County, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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