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OPINION: Enforce, reinforce workplace safety laws 25 years after Westray

OPINION: Enforce, reinforce workplace safety laws 25 years after Westray

Marking the Day of Mourning for killed and injured workers: 'While not every workplace fatality is caused by employer negligence, health and safety advocates say every fatality must be treated as a potential crime, and we agree,' writes Danny Cavanagh of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.
OFF SCRIPT: It’s tough to break political parties’ stranglehold on democracy

OFF SCRIPT: It’s tough to break political parties’ stranglehold on democracy

The reasons an MLA ends up as an independent are generally not the same as the reasons we romanticize independence. The career life expectancy of an independent MLA is low. The chances of someone getting elected without the support of a political party are even lower — virtually zero.
OPINION: Trump’s milk shake puts Canada’s dairy industry on notice

OPINION: Trump’s milk shake puts Canada’s dairy industry on notice

Canada's dairy farmers are about to pay a heavy price for Ottawa's lack of leadership. Dramatic changes are on the way on someone else's terms. Jobs in rural Canada and future generations of farmers are at stake.
OPINION: Nova Scotia’s carbon pricing plan falls short on many levels

OPINION: Nova Scotia’s carbon pricing plan falls short on many levels

For long-term viability, the carbon pricing policy must be as bulletproof as possible against populist and cynical attacks. The rising carbon price should not impose any additional burdens on low- and middle-income Canadians.
THE HERALD CHRONICLES: Condemned to cover politics for the plodding paper of record

THE HERALD CHRONICLES: Condemned to cover politics for the plodding paper of record

After the freedom of my first beat covering the metro waterfront, being stuck in Province House day after day was agony, as was having to give legitimacy to all the self-serving nonsense being spouted by the politicians.
THE HERALD CHRONICLES: A peculiar paper that was gun-shy about news

THE HERALD CHRONICLES: A peculiar paper that was gun-shy about news

My doubts about working for the Herald were reinforced a few days later when, sipping a beer at the then Press Club, I met a senior Herald reporter who warned me that the paper wouldn’t hire me because I had a beard.
OPINION: Upcoming budget keeps most vulnerable Nova Scotians off balance

OPINION: Upcoming budget keeps most vulnerable Nova Scotians off balance

If the government actually tables a zero-deficit budget, this is only an indication that it has failed to use its fiscal capacity to tackle the most pressing problems facing our province. The Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2017 released this week exposes the extent to which the current government has been too short-sighted.
COMMENTARY: The excavation of a life reveals some buried keepsakes

COMMENTARY: The excavation of a life reveals some buried keepsakes

May I suggest that one of these days, if you’re like me when you are in your so-called senior years, you take some time to do a similar “clinical review” of the contents of the many dust-covered boxes that may be languishing in some of your cupboards. I hope that your review may also prove to be very rewarding.
OPINION: Can $11 billion end homelessness in Canada?

OPINION: Can $11 billion end homelessness in Canada?

These funds must not only build affordable housing, they must align with poverty reduction strategies and mental health and recovery initiatives if we are to truly reduce long-term homelessness.
OPINION: Successful community newspapers stay true to their roots

OPINION: Successful community newspapers stay true to their roots

'They will survive because nobody else is going to tell the stories they do — about local births and deaths, local heroes and hooligans, the wise and foolish decisions of the local council and prospects for the minor hockey teams.'