Website Update

I have been having a lot of fun learning the ins and outs of WordPress 3.0.  This new theme on Halifax Politics dot ca is amazing, most of what I love about it works automatically with WP 3.0 support. I have also discovered a one stop shop for commenting and comment authentication called DISQUS.  Very very cool, threaded comments, spam filter, and tracks twitter and other traffic. Because of how amazing DISQUS is, and how easy to use, I am read more

Apology to the former residents and descendants of Africville

“On behalf of the Halifax Regional Municipality, I apologize to the former Africville residents and their descendants for what they have endured for almost 50 years, ever since the loss of their community that had stood on the shores of Bedford Basin for more than 150 years. You lost your houses, your church, all of the places where you gathered with family and friends to mark the milestones of your lives. For all that, we apologize. We apologize to the read more

Rail debate returns to Halifax

I had an opportunity to talk to Tim Outhit, councilor for Bedford, for an hour or so last week. The conversation was wide ranging, covering topics from passenger rail to community councils to taxes. What was most exciting was the discussion around rail service in HRM, or even to Truro some day. Now I know that some city staff have historically been pretty against any rail proposal, though to be fair, I think the discussion of rail back in the read more

30 Rock on tonight

From last week – and I am too tired to shorten it  for twitter: For four years I’ve had to make do with what passes for men around here, with their untucked shirts, boneless faces, their Stars, both Wars & Trek. Jack is my hero.


New Site

I installed a modern, widget aware theme on the site.  Some tweaks coming, but overall, pretty happy.  For the time being the neighbourhood map is borked but I will work on that this weekend.


Look up, way up, and you will see a new link in the menu bar. A forum has been added to the site, so that the people emailing and posting can debate the Halifax Neighbourhood Map Project online here. Neighbourhood debates can now take place in the forums!

Thoughts on Budget 09

Lets just put this conservative time bomb in perspective. We are going to go $22 billion into debt over five years just to FINANCE TAX CUTS. We are borrowing money to lower taxes. For example, my family can now afford one extra double latte at Starbucks per week (not that I would), financed by the government BORROWING MONEY to give me a tax break. Here is the scary part – tax cuts are structural. What this means is, that the read more

Site Update

Hello folks, I have been picking away at this site, updating the design, tightening it up, combining my personal url ( with my other fun url (, and generally playing with design and interface again.  My plan is now that it is all tooled up to actually start posting articles, thoughts and ideas again, though who knows if I will really do that! Blogging is so out of style now I feel like I would be a real rebel to read more

Me & Captain Tightpants

Your results:You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) 90% Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command) 75% Wash (Ship Pilot) 75% Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic) 70% Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic) 45% Jayne Cobb (Mercenary) 45% Inara Serra (Companion) 25% River (Stowaway) 25% Alliance 20% Derrial Book (Shepherd) 15% A Reaver (Cannibal) 5% Honest and a defender of the innocent. You sometimes make mistakes in judgment but you are generally good and would protect your crew from harm. Click here to take the read more