No Picture
Halifax

On Twitter and Tax "Reform"

I love reading Twitcoast on twitter. Tim Bousquet, the Coast news editor, manages to infuse his 140 character per post updates with a well balanced mix of wry observation and essential factual information. My personal favorite example is reporting how Councilors vote. Our fine municipality does not record how councilors vote, making it rather hard to hold them to task. –more–

No Picture
Halifax

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics – Don Mills on the radio again

Don Mills kills me. Don is a pollster, so you would think that he would live by facts and figures. Two days ago he was speaking on CBC Mainstreet (Halifax edition) and his thesis was that Halifax lagged far behind every other city of size in Canada in growth in the 2000s because we didn’t approve new buildings fast enough. –more–

No Picture
Opinion & Blogitorial

The Library – a white elephant or simple good enough?

So, what is a good enough library, what does that look like? Obviously, the idea of a great library with all conceivable bells and whistles is something most people find attractive. Let’s make this personal. If someone offers you a Lexus, free of charge, to replace your current car, you’ed probably take it, even if your insurance was higher. But –more–

No Picture
Opinion & Blogitorial

Ready for "good enough"?

What constitutes good enough? This is the debate dominating our province and the regional municipality as the public, politicians and mandarins who really run government try to come to grips with our new lack of dollars. After several years of federal and provincial spending with little regard to long term consequences in terms of operations and maintenance, the “teens” seem –more–