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Nova Scotia's minimum wage just increased! Effective April 1, 2015 minimum wage is $10.60 an hour for experienced workers, and $10.10 an hour for inexperienced employees.  The minimum wage applies to a work week of 48 hours or less.…


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heather3 The need for legal information in Canada and Nova Scotia is significant.  We experience it daily at LISNS through our Legal Information Line and requests for advice through the roster of volunteer lawyers.   Statistics indicate that 12 million Canadians will experience a legal issue in a three y…


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LISNS values all of the wonderful volunteers who do such incredible work for us. Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to do what we do!  Samantha Ratnam has been a long-time volunteer with LISNS.…



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