When last week’s human rights commission hearing on gender discrimination in Halifax’s fire service began, lawyers for HRM tried to get the complaint tossed on a technicality. The good news is that they lost. The bad news is that they tried. In lawyer terms, it probably made sense. Scrounge in the legal underbrush for a […]

As Justice David Farrar summed up the appeal court ruling: “It would be manifestly unfair to allow the province to hide behind solicitor-client privilege while at the same time impugning the conduct of its solicitor.” But that didn’t stop the McNeil government from trying. And trying. Alex Cameron representing the province in court (Global News) […]

“This is North Preston” is a film about the stereotype of North Preston that allows the young men who’ve been stereotyped for so long to speak for themselves. Justin “Just Chase” Smith comes home. Jaren Hayman is from Toronto. He’s 32 years old, a white man. He began his professional career as a drummer, touring […]

While officials moved quickly to respond to student protests about the cancellation of high school rugby, they were quick to erect roadblocks when students wanted to protest climate change. (STAR HALIFAX) “In my view, kids should be in class.” Premier Stephen McNeilMarch 2019 “Something is happening hereBut you don’t know what it is,Do you, Mr. […]

Listen to Premier McNeil and Health Minister Delorey and you might imagine Inez Rudderham’s problems are specific and anomalous. Fix them and we fix the problem. The problem is McNeil and Delorey are the problem. “To the premier of Nova Scotia, I dare you to take a meeting with me, and explain to me, and […]

More than 20 years after former Nova Scotia premier Gerald Regan was acquitted of sexually assaulting multiple women, other women are still coming forward with still more stories of what he did to them, still needing finally “to be heard.” ‘Catherine’ is one of them. Maclean’s, December 28, 1998. This column originally appeared in theHalifax ExaminerApril 15, 2019. I shouldn’t be surprised. Not after Me-too. But I […]

The committees don’t work, of course, because of the people in charge. But the system itself makes that failure possible, even inevitable. Michael Wernick testifies at the House of Commons Justice Committee. This column first appeared in the Halifax Examiner April 8, 2019. Quick now, what does Judy Wilson-Raybould v Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts, Michael […]

Bay Ferries says its Yarmouth ferry service’s real problem has nothing to do with the government’s over-subsidization or its own over-pricing. Blame it on the “nasty” opposition. (Portland Press) This column first appeared in the Halifax Examiner April 1, 2019. Mark MacDonald knows which donkey to pin the blame on for the fact his Bay Ferries Ltd.’s money-sinking pot […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says his budget will provide support for journalism. It won’t. It will only provide demise-delaying bailouts for badly managed media corporations. There are better ways. This column first appeared in the Halifax Examiner March 25, 2019. Start with this from Page 173 of the federal budget Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled […]

What began as an act of reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples will likely end up as yet another “landmark” in the continuing process of corporate co-opting and colonialism. Chief Terrance Paul and Clearwater CEO Ian Smith do their photo-op aboard the clam vessel, Anne Risley. This column first appeared in the Halifax Examiner March 18, […]