Insert bad Easter pun here…

It’s been one year this week since I left my job as a columnist at the Chronicle Herald. I hated leaving, and I hated the reason I had to. The upside? I got to take a break from a long-time weekly deadline (I had skipped filing only twice, I’d wager, in six-plus years). I needed the downtime. […]

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Making a mark

  I’m leading the Maritime Magazine season again this year with a radio documentary about scars and their impact on people’s lives. I’ve long wanted to do some journalism work around scars; I have a large batch of scars on my neck, shoulders and back from a scalding accident when I was an infant. One […]

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The point is Skloot

  There’s much going on in this open letter in Brown Town Magazine about Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. My first thought is to wonder if Rebecca Kumar considered her own profit from Lacks’s story (and by extension Lacks’s body) in the writing of her letter. But that’s a small consideration. Here’s the biggie… […]

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MASS appeal

  A late-breaking but no less important addendum to my Mother’s Day abortion column… As I mentioned in the piece, Halifax is the only place for most Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island women to access abortion. But there are other complications for women who must travel for these health services. Terminations are only performed […]

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The madding and maddening crowds

The responses to my column this week kinda sucked. Lots of anger, yes, but that’s par for the course. The bigger problem is that people didn’t get it. I’m used to readers not liking what I’ve written, but I’ve failed if I haven’t managed to get my point across. The column was a response to […]

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