During the recent annual Labour Day celebrations in Amherst, a provincial union leader issued a challenge to town officials to bring some pressure to bear upon the McNeil Liberal Government to increase the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Lawrence McKay of the United Steelworkers of America contends that too many Nova Scotians are living in poverty because they simply can’t make ends meet on the current minimum wage. He’s suggesting the town could set an example for other communities by supporting a resolution calling on the province to hike the minimum wage to the $15 level.