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OFF SCRIPT: The reality of road fixing — and fixation — for MLAs

OFF SCRIPT: The reality of road fixing — and fixation — for MLAs

"In the views of your constituents, that road is the most important thing in their lives. They don't care about what you're voting on — this big picture of whatever red tape about small business — that road is what they want done,” says Clarrie MacKinnon, former MLA for Pictou East.
OPINION: Let’s make sexual assault an election issue

OPINION: Let’s make sexual assault an election issue

Sexual assault levels in Nova Scotia are significantly higher than the national average. Sexualized violence affects every voter in our province: victims, friends, families and co-workers. Me and you. It is an issue that we need to hear candidates addressing on the campaign trail as we all try to figure out whom we want to elect on May 30.
OFF SCRIPT: The MLA who paved the way for Christmas trees

OFF SCRIPT: The MLA who paved the way for Christmas trees

Pam Birdsall’s story wasn’t the typical ‘vote for my party and I’ll pave your road’ kind of tale. It falls in the category of ‘best-case scenario’ for the group of businesspeople who were worried about the pothole-filled road that sat between the Christmas trees they were ready to harvest and the market that was ready to pay for them.
COMMENTARY: Nova Scotians figure prominently as Order of Canada turns 50

COMMENTARY: Nova Scotians figure prominently as Order of Canada turns 50

Since the Order of Canada was established in 1967, nearly 7,000 distinguished Canadians and 275 Nova Scotians have been appointed to the order. The familiar snowflake insignia has come to be a particularly distinctive symbol of recognition.
OPEN LETTER: Stronger focus on physical education would be a leap forward

OPEN LETTER: Stronger focus on physical education would be a leap forward

It appears Nova Scotia's children are receiving less than half of the recommended goal (150 minutes a week) in actual school physical education. The reality is that more than 98 per cent of Nova Scotia's public elementary schoolchildren only receive 60 minutes of physical-education instruction per week. Only a few schools in the Annapolis Valley meet this goal.
PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Segment of Sawmill River on verge of seeing daylight

PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Segment of Sawmill River on verge of seeing daylight

‘This project, for a long time, people were hesitant to commit to it. ... And now we’re at a place where the pieces all seem to be falling together,’ says Larissa Holman of the Ecology Action Centre.
ANNA SHOUB: Nova Scotia focused on fleecing artists, not embracing them

ANNA SHOUB: Nova Scotia focused on fleecing artists, not embracing them

If Maud Lewis were alive today, she would be charged commercial property taxes. Nice paintings, Maud, but that's a business you are running from your house. What's that you say? You only make $10 per painting? So sorry, that's the way our tax legislation is written. Our hands are tied.
COMMENTARY: Heed The Fish Doctor, who once netted much publicity for Nova Scotia

COMMENTARY: Heed The Fish Doctor, who once netted much publicity for Nova Scotia

I am sure it will help you better understand why C.M. (Bud) Harlow became so obsessed with health and fitness when you learn that, as a pathologist, he had performed more than 3,000 autopsies, often on people who had eaten lousy food, hadn’t exercised and had taken up very bad habits during the course of their lives. This had exposed him, in dramatic fashion, to the terrible effects all of this has on human bodies.
OFF SCRIPT: In Nova Scotia, roads rule while other issues fail to get traction

OFF SCRIPT: In Nova Scotia, roads rule while other issues fail to get traction

If someone with no knowledge of Nova Scotia politics were to listen to the more than 75 hours of recorded interviews we have conducted with former MLAs, you might have to excuse them for assuming roads are the most important public policy issue facing Nova Scotia today.
OFF SCRIPT: Political teamwork translates into speaking up privately

OFF SCRIPT: Political teamwork translates into speaking up privately

'Some of the issues you deal with are tough,' says former premier Rodney MacDonald. 'But you are part of the team and you ran as part of that team, and you have to be willing to make the tough decisions as part of the team. And, like I said, if you’re not willing to do it, then you need to step aside.'