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OPINION: Baby steps toward making democracy more participatory for youth

OPINION: Baby steps toward making democracy more participatory for youth

We keep hearing that one of the economic problems facing Nova Scotia is that youth are deserting the province, looking westward for jobs and opportunities. If that is the case, shouldn’t governments try harder to engage young people, the province’s future, in the political process so as to ensure their opinions matter and their concerns are heard by those in power?
OPINION: Who’d rack up the most debt? Well, it’s not the NDP

OPINION: Who’d rack up the most debt? Well, it’s not the NDP

The irony in our election is that it is the Liberals and the Conservatives whose additions to spending and taxation plans will add the most to the problem of managing Nova Scotia’s provincial debt, even if it is the NDP that is promising to spend the most on Nova Scotia’s human capital.
OFF SCRIPT: If you lost your cool, would you be blamed, charged or protected?

OFF SCRIPT: If you lost your cool, would you be blamed, charged or protected?

In May of 2013 — four years ago this month — then-NDP MLA Percy Paris was arrested for assaulting Keith Colwell, a Liberal opposition MLA. The question of whether Paris ‘hit’ or ‘touched’ Colwell is hardly the most important question here.
OFF SCRIPT: Percy Paris and the pressures of being the only black MLA

OFF SCRIPT: Percy Paris and the pressures of being the only black MLA

‘Here I was, the only African-Nova Scotian in the House and I’d be asking questions to the minister of African Nova Scotian affairs, who was white,’ recalls Percy Paris.
COMMENTARY: Gen X kitchens are missing something — a cook

COMMENTARY: Gen X kitchens are missing something — a cook

Generation Xers grew up in an era when food was functional and boring. As a result, many don't cook and have little interest in the culinary culture.
OFF SCRIPT: Wayne Adams’ term in the white House took strange turns at times

OFF SCRIPT: Wayne Adams’ term in the white House took strange turns at times

“I remember being told by a former MLA, ‘When you get elected, Adams, you'll notice that all your enemies are with you.' They're not all across the House (in opposition parties).”
OPINION: Trump’s trade agenda a menace for Canadian health care

OPINION: Trump’s trade agenda a menace for Canadian health care

If strong provisions that exclude health care from NAFTA aren't maintained, and in fact strengthened, in any renegotiated trade deal, American insurance companies and health-care delivery organizations could claim the right to a Canadian private health-care market.
OPEN LETTER: Nova Scotians with disabilities put on back burner again

OPEN LETTER: Nova Scotians with disabilities put on back burner again

'The budget indicates that we are settling into an unfortunate pattern. For the second budget in a row, the government is following the Roadmap for Transforming the Nova Scotia Services to Persons with Disabilities Program with its foot firmly on the brake.'
Starving escape artist: Houdini’s down-and-out days in Halifax

Starving escape artist: Houdini’s down-and-out days in Halifax

Harry Houdini, who later became one of the world’s greatest professional magicians was out of work and feeling desperate when, in the spring of 1896, he agreed to sign up for a tour of the Maritime provinces.
OPINION: Canada in caboose as pledge to ban the Bomb gains momentum

OPINION: Canada in caboose as pledge to ban the Bomb gains momentum

In the case of chemical and biological weapons, as well as landmines and cluster bombs, a ban treaty preceded and triggered serious progress towards elimination. And if, in those cases, non-possessor states had waited for possessor states to take the lead? Nothing would have happened.