Another way to look at Cornwallis

Edward Cornwallis stomped his way through regional council again this week. Halifax’s foundering “founder” has perhaps achieved more notoriety by way of his repeat appearances on school board meeting agendas and in council motions than by virtue of his underwhelming lead role in the establishment of a British settlement on this shore. During Cornwallis’s most […]

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Universal access, a universe of complexity

Universal access. Sure sounds great, huh? I mean, no sensible human would argue against equitable access for all to something as necessary to human dignity as a public bathroom. And neither should Halifax Regional Council. So, good news, then. This week, the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee approved a motion asking staff […]

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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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See!?

  I wrote in this column about what I see as the undervaluing of Paralympic athletes and Paralympic sport. Here‘s another example! Gah. ~~    

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Brown, Thicke and the rest

  Chris Brown is an obvious topic for today’s column, but a good one nonetheless. I’ve written about him before in the Herald and I like what Marilla Stephenson has to say in today’s paper, too. Despite the mail I know today will bring (and that the last column brought), defending Brown doesn’t make me […]

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Toilet wars

Ok, ok, maybe it’s just my own personal war. And it’s not with toilets, but over them. Public toilets are a bastion of so much – they’re seen as unnecessary or, at best, as an underfoot venture needing little planning and less care. In fact, toilets speak to our deepest social problems, or, perhaps, lay them […]

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The 63% ethyl alcohol of human kindness

  The Dalhousie Random Acts of Kindness Society’s high fives for good vibes event happens October 19, but remember there are events every Friday. The interested can head to the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/dalkindness, or get on the mailing list by sending a message to dal kindness@gmail.com. FYI: The best random act of kindness […]

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Greater MASS

  For those of you who’ve read my most recent Chronicle Herald column profiling Shannon Hardy and the work of Maritime Abortion Support Services, there’s an addendum. I had covered this tangentially in my Mother’s Day column, but it’s worth mentioning again, because Hardy shares my thoughts – being a mother (and, in Hardy’s case, […]

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