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COMMENTARY: Sausage smuggler fails to beat hefty fine

COMMENTARY: Sausage smuggler fails to beat hefty fine

A federal tribunal has upheld a $1,300 fine levied against a Bedford woman who unwittingly smuggled Polish sausages into Canada. And I’m sure we’re all safer for that. Snicker.
OPINION: Reining in payday loans a good place to start in tackling poverty

OPINION: Reining in payday loans a good place to start in tackling poverty

In Nova Scotia, in a one-year period, 40 per cent of payday loans were from repeat borrowers and 22.3 per cent of borrowers took out eight or more loans. 
OPINION: Skype, social media & smarter schedule — how to revolutionize rural councils

OPINION: Skype, social media & smarter schedule — how to revolutionize rural councils

By Anna Shoub: 'Not offering for council often comes down to simple practicalities like meeting times .... A 5:15 p.m. or midday meeting time might work very well for a retired person, but it doesn't work well for a person with a job, a business or a child. Move that meeting time to 6:15 p.m. and you have just made it easier for a working person or parent to come forward.'
COMMON MYTH-CONCEPTIONS: Heat loss worse from your head & washroom door handles awash with germs

COMMON MYTH-CONCEPTIONS: Heat loss worse from your head & washroom door handles awash with germs

Former CBC consumer reporter Dorothy Grant debunks a few urban legends: 'Because I know ... myths have staying power regardless of the strength of the evidence supporting them, let me share with you some very popular ones that I’m sure many people still take as fact.'
COMMENTARY: New school year could bring more drama to beleaguered-teacher saga

COMMENTARY: New school year could bring more drama to beleaguered-teacher saga

By Grant Frost: We begin the 2016-17 school year with a number of different issues facing teachers. Whether it is our contract, our professionalism or the results of our students, teachers will find themselves, yet again, under exceptionally close public scrutiny this year. And everyone will have their say on how we should do our jobs, the conditions under which we do them, and the results we should be producing.
COMMENTARY: A self-imposed dry spell — September without the sauce

COMMENTARY: A self-imposed dry spell — September without the sauce

I can’t remember when I had my first drink. But the last one is etched clearly in the frosted glass of my memory. For reasons that now seem a touch puritanical, I decided at the end of August to try making the month of September a dry one.
LENORE ZANN: Woodlands spraying program throws caution to the wind

LENORE ZANN: Woodlands spraying program throws caution to the wind

By Lenore Zann: The environment minister's hands-off approach to woodlands spraying in Colchester is outrageous. It would seem the main mandate of the department is to let industry do whatever it wants, over the objections of citizens.
COMMENTARY: Driving for dollars

COMMENTARY: Driving for dollars

The things we do for money, eh? Faced by mounting pressures to pay the mortgage, I took a gig this week driving a car and its ailing owner from Ottawa back to Halifax.
OPINION: Feeling the sting of misplaced parochial pride in Lunenburg

OPINION: Feeling the sting of misplaced parochial pride in Lunenburg

By Anna Shoub: Come to Nova Scotia and buy a building, fix it up and live in it or run a business — no problem. Come to Nova Scotia and buy up many properties — different story, different experience. Now you are a threat to the way things have always been in Lunenburg.  
COMMENTARY: Going forward, please stop using these not-so-awesome buzzwords

COMMENTARY: Going forward, please stop using these not-so-awesome buzzwords

It is back-to-school time for students in elementary grades through to postgraduate programs. I’ve never taught a class of anything at any level, but I learned a thing or two about clichés and buzzwords during almost 30 years of newspaper reporting.