The First Two Weeks

Two weeks ago I announced my campaign for the office of councillor in the newly created District 7. What a crazy two weeks its been! I have every intention of blogging my campaign, and not just writing carefully parsed words that have passed through political filters I’m glad I’m running. I really enjoy talking to people, hearing their ideas, and talking about the city. People really care about Halifax and they want to see the place realize its potential, but it read more


Defence of the Status Quo nothing new in “Slackers”

I grew up a navy brat, fed a steady diet of Napoleonic War era novels like Hornblower, Aubrey Maturin, and Sharpe. But I also grew up reading Canadian novels from another era, the Battle of the Atlantic.  Hal Lawrence’s Bloody War and James Lamb Corvette Navy are two books that capture the experience of a colony becoming a nation, a token force becoming a world renowned navy. Reading these, I learned something later reinforced by Stephen Kimber’s book on Halifax during the read more


UARB decision is just the first step, and not the most important.

Today, the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board (UARB) ordered Halifax Regional Council reduced from 23 to 16 district representatives, plus the Mayor. The last few months of scandal and ethical challenges has lead to a feeling that this Council, as a government, is no longer functional.  Unlike a parliament or a legislature, they cannot pull the plug and move to an election, Nova Scotia municipal elections are fixed, and the next is October 2012.


Why We Fight: A Primer on Recent NS Political History

My father was in the Navy, and his career bounced us from Ottawa, to Halifax, to Toronto, back and forth, for years, and then later, to Norfolk and London, England. While I spent half my youth living in Dartmouth, I spent the other half being conditioned by my mother to love Nova Scotia and miss home when we lived away.


Where Did the Big Concerts Go? – Concerts in HRM Part 4

So, what is our goal?  Bring huge acts as tourism draws to Halifax and put us on the map?  Two thoughts: First – let us reflect on the words of my friend, Ben Pearlman.  He is King’s College educated, former Halifax Pop Explosion Talent Director and now promoter working at Collective Concerts in Toronto, one of Canada’s largest independent concert promotion companies.


Would you like your pork with a side of “vision”? – Convention Centre 2 Debate a Reminder of the Worst of NS Political Culture

Like most polarizing political moments, it seems like there are two camps on the new convention center. – the pro development at all costs camp, and the save the view camp.


Gas Price Regulation Failure, a Pictorial Essay


Today is a great day for Nova Scotia

The sun came up, the world did not end, the Nova Scotia NDP are in power. As my wife joked with her mum last night “Yes mom, the NDP are going to be the government, put Dad on a suicide watch.” All joking aside, for 25-30% of the province, the election of the NDP creates a deep personal conflict. In rural Nova Scotia, success and livelihoods have for too long been tied to the government in power handing out contracts read more


Barak Obama on racisim.

Oh my, I love the way he speaks…  this applies here too: ..In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination — and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past — are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds — by investing in our schools and read more


Barack Obama at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta

The Scripture tells us that when Joshua and the Israelites arrived at the gates of Jericho, they could not enter. The walls of the city were too steep for any one person to climb; too strong to be taken down with brute force. And so they sat for days, unable to pass on through. But God had a plan for his people. He told them to stand together and march together around the city, and on the seventh day he read more