John DeMont has been a columnist and Calgary correspondent for The Financial Post, a senior writer, Ottawa correspondent and Atlantic Provinces bureau chief for Maclean's Magazine and a senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald. He has written six books including, most recently, A Good Day's Work, In Pursuit of a Disappearing Canada for Doubleday Canada.
Pat Lee is a longtime journalist with a love of animals. She volunteers with various animal welfare agencies and is ruled at home by three dogs and a cat.
Jodi DeLong wears many hats, as a writer, editor, photographer and social media editor, but her favourite hat is her gardening hat. Her only bad habits are plants, books, cats and more plants, and she’s forever trying to stuff “just one more perennial” into her Wolfville garden. For more gardening fun, follow her on Twitter @bloomingwriter or on Facebook, also at blooming writer.
Chris Cochrane is a longtime columnist focusing on the Nova Scotia sports scene.
Tim Arsenault is a longtime pop culture enthusiast in the Halifax region and has covered it professionally off and on over the last 30 years. He can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @nowthatstyping.
John McPhee is a nature enthusiast and web editor at Local Xpress. His main interests are astronomy and birding but whatever catches his fancy in the outside world will find its way to this column. He’s also an avid amateur photographer, with a particular interest in long exposures of the night sky.
Moira Peters studied wine in New York before moving home to Nova Scotia, where she started Unwined, a wine education and tasting party service. She lives and writes in Maitland, on the Bay of Fundy.
During his 32 years at The Chronicle Herald, award-winning journalist Paul Schneidereit has been a reporter, editor, assignment editor, editorial writer and opinion columnist, but his current gig is with Local Xpress. He writes about anything that interests him.
Nadine Fownes baked her first cake in an Easy-Bake Oven when she was a little girl and the kitchen has been her happy place ever since. Nadine celebrates traditional Nova Scotian recipes, sometimes with a modern twist, and always with fresh, seasonal ingredients. She enjoys nothing more than to create something delicious and share it with people she loves.
Liane Heller is a poet and editor who spends many happy hours exploring the Halifax area aboard her favourite conveyance – the bus. She shares her transit travels in her column Transfer, a buoyant blend of people and places that make busing it an adventure.
Claire McIlveen’s interests include poverty, pensions, social justice, urban planning, women’s and labour issues. She worked for The Telegraph Journal and CBC Radio before joining The Chronicle Herald. A native of Saint John, N.B. and an Acadia University graduate, she lives in Dartmouth with her husband and daughter.
As a single mother of three, Louise Le Pierres learned to live on a tight budget. Even though her children are now grown and she no longer needs to count her pennies so carefully, she still loves to up-cycle and find fun, funky and frugal ways to decorate and entertain.
Alex Handyside is a certified professional consultant on aging and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is the owner of ScotiaCare Homecare & Caregivers Inc. (www.ScotiaCare.com), which was winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Atlantic Business Ethics Award.
Sandra Phinney is an award-winning journalist from Yarmouth, whose work has appeared in over 70 publications and spanned topics from business to health, the environment, lifestyle and travel. Although she’s travelled to several exotic places around the world, some of Sandra’s fondest memories come from her own backyard — right here in Nova Scotia.