Common sense, please…

Honourable Judy Streatch Minister of Community Services Minister, I was very concerned to read today about the family in Chester Grant who have had their social assistance support stopped because of the money they were paid on an insurance claim. The core arguement of your staff seems to be that the family had to prove they spent all the money they received for their belongings and provide receipts. I understand your department has a heavy duty in ensuring that no read more


Talking about Halifax…. CBC tomorrow.

I am honored to be one of two culture people on tomorrow (edit – THURSDAY, not Friday) CBC’s Information Morning talking about the future of the city post Commonwealth 2014. Us culture folks are going to cap off a morning of talk about Halifax entitled “Winners or Whiners.” (?) My segment is on between 8-8:30 am. To listen online check out CBC Nova Scotia


Halifax vs Delusional Calgaria

Some people, especially young people from here who moved to Calgary, are upset with the website the NS government put up: http://delusionalcalgaria.ca/ I love it. Most of the complaints though are around this idea that “everything is really expensive in Halifax” and “there are no jobs” and “the only reason the job stats are doing better now is because ‘everyone’ moved to Alberta”. In central Halifax there is a lack of decent low wage jobs, mostly due to the student read more


Bragging…

Remember this: The people behind the Stones are also behind the Commonwealth games bid. Using the same math, maybe our $750 million dollar games might balloon to $1.8 billion. We have every reason to be concerned. That was me Sept 25 06. And people said I was mad, mad I tell you! Can I call them or what? In other bragging material: Schools are important not just to rural communities – as we discovered in my constituency of Halifax Citadel, read more


Joseph Howe

So I was driving down Sackville today and this quote was on the Herald buildings billboard: My public life is before you; and I know you will believe me when I say, that when I sit down in solitude to the labours of my profession, the only questions I ask myself are, What is right ? What is just? What is for the public good? Joseph Howe Wow, right? Wow. So here are some more. Such a prostitution of judicial read more