Loaded indeed

  Anyone doubting the enthusiasm expressed in my most recent Herald column for the Loaded Ladle should take a look at this:               That was my Loaded Ladle Tuesday lunch. The fresh salsa is hidden under the rice and onions and, I admit, I took several bites as I […]

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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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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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Kelly’s bike blinders

  These utterly disheartening comments from Mayor Peter Kelly were brought to my attention care of an OpenFile Halifax story. Perhaps his worship should look at reports from the city’s own screenline counts, compiled for 2010 and 2011. The reports consider, among other things, helmet use, sidewalk riding and compliance with signs and signals, and tell a […]

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BOO, BMO.

  Herald readers certainly got owly when I complained in this column about the lack of water fountains at the brand new $39 million BMO Centre. Didn’t see that one coming. How can you be against drinking water? Anyhoo… I was watching more hockey last weekend at Upper Tantallon’s St. Margaret’s Centre and I was […]

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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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Morgentaler

  I listened to Piya Chattopadhyay’s fantastic documentary about Henry Morgentaler on The Current yesterday. Many of my Journalism students at King’s – born half a decade after Canada’s abortion laws were struck down – don’t even know his name. I suppose that’s good in one sense; bad in another. ~~

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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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