Day 6-14, post election – a week to reflect, and work really hard!

Wow.  It is really hard to blog when you don’t have time to blog.  It’s been a long time and I will try and update everyone on the last ten days in a couple of short articles tonight and tomorrow. So where we left off was five days after the election.  On Friday I went to my old work and taught all day. The weekend was low key.  My wife and I watched the entire first season of Homeland, 12 read more


Day 3 – Campaign’s don’t end on election night

So the last post was wrong.  Really it should have said day 1 & 2.  Day 3 was Tuesday, Oct 23, and the day started with breakfast with my friend AJ, a pastor I met during campaigning who I really enjoy talking to.  I suppose talking to people is a big part his job, mine too now that I think about it. Next, I headed over to my agent’s office, to start getting the final financials done.  One of the read more


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


GUEST BLOGGER: It is Africville all over again

“It is Africville all over again,” Reverend Rhonda Britton said at City Hall after council voted to approve the sale of St. Patrick’s-Alexandra school, in the heart of Central Halifax, to a developer. That’s a hard thing for residents of Halifax Regional Municipality to hear, judging from letters to the editor and comments on-line at cbc.ca.


A short note on my slow posting ways!

I got into the SMU part time MBA!  Yay me! However, my non-work non-school time has shrunk to a very small part of my life. I will try and post every couple of weeks.  Try is the operative word.  Midterms (at work and at school) are happening in two weeks, so we shall see. Thanks for your patience!


Halifax Magazine | Afterthought: $800 for 20 minutes of work

My short op/ed piece “Afterthought: $800 for 20 minutes of work” was published in Halifax Magazine on Apr 6, 2010 Maybe this has happened to you: you have been doing the best you can to help your community, but something happens, something just so frustrating and stupid that you think “Oh, why does it have to be this way?”


The ECMA acceptance speech I wish I had given

Quite to my surprise, Halifax Pop Explosion won the East Coast Music Award for Event of the year… Completely unprepared I stumbled through an awful speech, my worst ever I suspect. Here is what I should have said: Thank you, this is completely and totally unexpected.


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


Views on tax reform, part 1

The debate on downtown, the future of Halifax, and taxes (oh taxes) continues on my Facebook and to a lesser degree on this blog. Ah Facebook, if only you had an API that talked to WordPress, you would be perfect. I have said before that I was against the proposed flat tax model of “reform”, defeated recently at HRM council. I have not yet really spoken up about what I think would work, a daunting task.


RIP Kate McGarrigle

Kate and Anna played HPX in 2005 or 06. It was the day after the CBC strike had ended, and it was really hard to get the word out to the Kate and Anna audience without CBC. I had been told by other, older promoters that Kate and Anna were really hard to work with, with one memorable show in particular where they were they refused to go on stage at the Cohn for hours like princesses. So here we read more