Engage Nova Scotia starts conversation about being young and staying put

Younger Nova Scotians talk about why people 18 to 34 are less enamored with Nova Scotia than people aged 55+

Zabrina Whitman worked in Egypt and New York before returning to Nova Scotia.

Zabrina Whitman worked in Egypt and New York before returning to Nova Scotia. (Submitted by Zabrina Whitman)

Danny Graham has been dropping into the Mainstreet studio each week to talk about some of the results of a province-wide survey Engage Nova Scotia commissioned last year.

Among other things, it asked 1,000 people to rate Nova Scotia as a place to live on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being excellent and one being poor.

He observes that people in the Halifax Regional Municipality are less enthusiastic about the province — based on the number of people in metro who rated Nova Scotia an eight, nine or 10 compared to the rest of Nova Scotia.

Wes Booth

Wes Booth says it takes a lot of persistence to make it in Nova Scotia. (Submitted by Wes Booth)

He notes that HRM has a younger population than the rest of the province and younger people were generally less likely to give our province top marks.

The first voice you'll hear in the audio below is Mainstreethost Bob Murphy. Then Danny talks about the survey results, and things we can do to better engage younger people in our communities — both the ones who are born and raised here, and the international students who come to study.

Danny is the chief engagement officer at Engage Nova Scotia, a lawyer, and a member of the oneNS Coalition.

 Bob also spoke with four Nova Scotians between the ages of 24 and 36 to find out why they chose to make their futures here.

Laura Swaine is the executive director of Heartwood. It works on community engagement and leadership, across the province, with young people aged 14 and up.

Jaime Battiste works for the provincial government and Mi'kmaq chiefs, creating relationships and raising awareness about treaties and Mi'kmaq perspectives on history.

Wes Booth founded We Are NS and a campaign called Bluenoser By Choice.

Zabrina Whitman is a Mi'kmaq senior policy analyst.

Mainstreet also recorded this conversation in which Bob turned off his microphone, and Zabrina, Wes, Jaime, and Laura talked among themselves. The first voice is Wes.

We received a number of calls and emails about this — you can hear them in this audio file, and then Bob asks Danny to respond to some of them.

We welcome more of your opinions on this. Dial the Main Line at 1-888-686-6246. Or send a note to mainhfx@cbc.ca. 

This article was originally posted on cbc.ca/news/ on April 28, 2016. Reposted with permission.


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