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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Preach it, Yevtushenko.

  It strikes me that all long-form journalism can be boiled down to this:   “In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight. Not people die but worlds die in them.  ~Yevgeny Yevtushenko   Ok, ok, I have some problems with the first comma, and the one […]

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RATS!

I tend to do this. I get on a topic and I can’t get away from it. So it is with urban rats. I did this feature for The Coast in 2008 about rats in Halifax. It was actually news-y at the time, since I stumbled upon the fact that there had been a rash […]

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Frustration!

I called a source yesterday to book an interview. This is a well-known local expert, and someone I’ve interviewed in the past. Yes, he said, he’d be happy to help. But now, he told me, and not without a little perturbation, his government department won’t let employees book their own interviews. I would have to call […]

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Radio AJA!

I just found out I’m nominated for an Atlantic Journalism Award for Feature Writing – Radio (my first in a radio category!). The nod is for a half-hour documentary I did with producer Christina Harnett for CBC Radio’s Maritime Magazine, hosted by Pauline Dakin. The piece is called “The Other Side of the Fist,” and it led […]

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