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Education

Why a high school in Eastern Passage makes sense.

One of today’s lead news stories is that the provincial government might be willing to entertain funding the construction of an Eastern Passage high school.  Because of this, the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB)  has decided to wait on whether to request construction or not. It has been awhile since this has story has been news.  Eastern Passage did not get a recommendation in the late and unlamented “Imagine Our Schools” pseudo consultation in 2007 – read more –

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Music & Culture

More on the Paul McCartney scandal.

I just posted this follow up on a local message board. Again this is not mainstream vs indie, or Beatles vs Arcade Fire, or whatever. The issue is this: Lets say I accept the Economic Impact argument. Lets say I accept that Paul Macca brought $8 million to Halifax. I have a document using generally accepted practices that says that HPX bring $2 million to Halifax. Using that logic, saying yes, this is the investment – read more –

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Music & Culture

Chronicle Herald | Hearing the Music in Opposite Land

Note: This article was published in the Thursday, April 15th 2010 issue of the Chronicle Herald on the Op/Ed page. Here we go again. Pundits, operators, bureaucrats and politicians across opposite land will mobilize to support or deride the newly revealed government handout for the Paul McCartney concert. Welcome to just another day in opposite land. In 2006, the Rolling Stones came to Halifax, and just before the show the media uncovered the Province’s handout – read more –

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Music & Culture

High dudgeon in the arts and culture world!

Apparently some people were still talking about a $1.1 million cut to the Culture Division by the NDP government. While I was one of those people, I quickly called around and got the straight goods – most of the cut is through one time programs being over, or funding responsibility being moved to other divisions. So luckily I was able to talk about that on the CBC on budget day. However, I got a great – read more –

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Music & Culture

Last Day at HPX

Today is my last day as Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion. Sometimes when you are really close to something you don’t see it the way the rest of the world does, and you cannot see how you are seen to be related to it. I have been gratified by the interest from the media around my departure, but you would be surprised how many people have said something like “You’ve been there since – read more –

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Opinion & Blogitorial

Budget Time!

It is budget day in Nova Scotia. A year of limping through the broken remains of the Conservative’s election year budget has finally come to a close. Now comes the fear and trepidation… What sacred cows will be cut? What blatantly political projects are going to be funded? Or…. not? But more importantly, will the NDP be really actually different than any past government? If so, how? Since July we have had a government that – read more –