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Left and Leaving Halifax

It has not been a good year for those that sacrifice themselves to lead the energetic arts and culture sector in Halifax. There is a growing feeling, hovering somewhere between ennui and abject despair, and it is expressing itself throughout the province’s creative continuum. Halifax has never been an easy town to love if you are a creative person, or as the bureaucrats call them, “cultural worker.” The city and the province it is capital – read more –

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In Health Care, Cost Isn’t Proof of High Quality – New York Times

…In a Pennsylvania government survey of the state’s 60 hospitals that perform heart bypass surgery, the best-paid hospital received nearly $100,000, on average, for the operation while the least-paid got less than $20,000. At both, patients had comparable lengths of stay and death rates. And among the 20 hospitals serving metropolitan Philadelphia, two of the highest paid actually had higher-than-expected death rates, the survey found. Hospitals say there are numerous reasons for some of the – read more –

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Nova Scotia Senators Email

If you want to email support for delaying the budget to the Senate (for the admittedly minor good it will do): Con Comeau, Gerald J. rattel@sen.parl.gc.ca Lib Cordy, Jane cordyj@sen.parl.gc.ca Lib Cowan, James cowanj@sen.parl.gc.ca Lib Mercer, Terry M. mercet@sen.parl.gc.ca Lib Moore, Wilfred P. moorew@sen.parl.gc.ca Con Oliver, Donald H. olived@sen.parl.gc.ca Lib Phalen, Gerald phaleg@sen.parl.gc.ca

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TheStar.com – News – Truth finally catches up to Harper

Jun 12, 2007 04:30 James Travers OTTAWA A Prime Minister who found early success in dominating centre stage is now struggling for space with an expanding cast of dissidents. First there was Danny Williams and Lorne Calvert, now there’s Rodney MacDonald as well as Bill Casey and the rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof. Connecting that eclectic assembly is a marvellous phrase indebted to Shakespeare and the descriptive French language. To be hoist with one’s – read more –

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The Premier hits the barricades, better late than never.

It is hard to say just what the damage to government of Canada will be since the rhetoric over the Atlantic Accord hit the boiling point this week. Bill Casey’s lonely stand against his government has quickly became a heroic and principled stand, at least out east. Just what is at stake regarding the Atlantic Accord? Most regular citizens are unlikely to jump into the actual bills and acts to see precisely what was agreed – read more –

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Casey offers a drop of water in Nova Scotia's political desert.

Yesterday Bill Casey, Nova Scotia’s most senior Tory MP, demonstrated a remarkable amount of guts by voting against his government’s own budget. As a result he is likely to be ejected from the government caucus today. The government has been spinning madly the last few days leading up to the vote, arguing that they are implementing “new phase” of the accord, or that the budget would result in an “improved” Atlantic Accord. Crossing the line – read more –

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Various things

I am going to Toronto on Wednesday for NXNE. Woot! Buffalo Tom at the Shoe on Thursday the 7th. HPX got our Service Canada grants. The program is a total farce, now. They are giving everyone what they got last year, with no actual oversight or review. Garbage. So much for the new government of Canada. I am on youtube. The quality of this ad is really good. I am going to put a bunch – read more –