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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.'
COMMENTARY: Artificial intelligence will transform agriculture, from growing to grocery store

COMMENTARY: Artificial intelligence will transform agriculture, from growing to grocery store

Using AI, farmers can improve yield and efficiency. And grocers can understand consumers — and predict their behaviour — better than consumers know themselves.
GRANT FROST: McNeil’s new-found Midas touch might be fool’s gold

GRANT FROST: McNeil’s new-found Midas touch might be fool’s gold

Back in November, when teachers wanted to put class caps on the negotiating table, the Liberals quite publicly declared the associated cost would be prohibitive, placing the price tag at $41 million. How something can cost less than $20 million when asked for by the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, but $41 million when asked for in negotiations seems to be a head-scratcher indeed.
COMMENTARY: The intention of political ads is to create tension

COMMENTARY: The intention of political ads is to create tension

“Politicians have always understood the power of tension,” says CBC Radio host Terry O’Reilly in his book. “While they campaign on the issues they stand for, they also make hay from what they stand against, especially in rousing speeches and heated debates.”
OPINION: Nova Scotia well positioned to harness bio-economy potential

OPINION: Nova Scotia well positioned to harness bio-economy potential

The market for products such as biofuel and biochemicals derived from renewable resources is projected to expand with upwards of 15 per cent annual growth over the next five years. This brings a significant opportunity for regions like Nova Scotia, where we have access to vast renewable resources from our farming, fishing and forest sectors.
OPINION: Parents’ priorities get short shrift in teacher-centric council report

OPINION: Parents’ priorities get short shrift in teacher-centric council report

The promise was made that the council would reflect the perspectives of teachers, parents and students, but this first report shows that we are a long way from that goal, and meaningful change cannot happen without the input and guidance of all.
THE HERALD CHRONICLES: How calling shots in the newsroom backfired on me

THE HERALD CHRONICLES: How calling shots in the newsroom backfired on me

One summer’s day, I was called into the corner office and told my reporting days were over. Henceforth, I was to be the assignment editor.
THE HERALD CHRONICLES: Camaraderie with Soviet comrades produces staggering news

THE HERALD CHRONICLES: Camaraderie with Soviet comrades produces staggering news

And so it continued. We’d eat, and suddenly someone would stand and propose a toast to Canada or a famous Canadian or to Canada’s hockey team. And being the only guest, I had to try and match the toast with one for the Soviets. Oh my, that was a lot of vodka we got through that afternoon.
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.