Eric Smith “HALIFAX — A former Nova Scotia school teacher who spent decades advocating for the rights of people with HIV accepted a provincial human rights award Monday, December 10, 2018. Eric Smith was among six individuals and groups recognized by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission at the Halifax ceremony…” Eric Smith’s recognition is well […]

Jen Powley is smart. She has four degrees. She’s a prize-winning author with an eclectic CV and a significant record of ongoing accomplishment. She’s still only 41. So why does she face a government-imposed Hobson’s life choice: go into a nursing home to be warehoused and “removed from society” for the rest of her life, […]

Bob Stapells died Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 74. The radio-ad-salesman-turned-developer-turned-city-councillor-turned-entrepreneur was one of Halifax’s larger-than-life characters. While I didn’t always — often, hardly at all — agree with his views, he was inevitably a charming, fun-to-be-around person who wore his heart, and his heartaches on his sleeve. I wrote this profile of him for […]

Since 1971, Nova Scotians have been paying the price for Michelin’s success. And not just with grants and loans and the rest. We’ve been paying with our sovereignty and self-respect too. Let them eat cake… This column first appeared in the Halifax Examiner October 29, 2018. Granton, Nova Scotia: Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. today announced […]

Why have our police forces suddenly become the Hell’s Angels of medical cannabis, badge-toting, tough-guy enforcers of the government’s price-fixing monopoly on the pot business? This column first appeared in the Halifax Examiner October 15, 2018. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, recreational-but-fun-free cannabisfinally becomes legal in Canada. Before we go there — and we should — let us […]

“Mary Pratt, a painter who turned the ordinary objects of her kitchen, garden and daily life into extraordinary works of beauty and colour, has died in St. John’s.” — CBC News, August 15, 2018. Back in 1979, I was privileged to spend some time with Mary for this profile in Atlantic Insight Magazine. 

Suzanne Ley (CBC) This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner January 15, 2018. Reading news accounts of last week’s meeting of the legislature’s committee on economic development, you could be forgiven for assuming the much fooforahed Ivany Report — with its now-or-never, change-or-die, flashing yellow, sotto-voiced, urgent CALL-TO-ACTION on immigration — had already become […]

This column appeared originally in the Halifax Examiner December 11, 2017. Joan Baxter’s personal Northern Pulp story begins on “one of those stunningly clear, blue-sky mornings that nature sometimes bestows on Nova Scotia.” It was June 2, 2016, and Baxter had decided to start the day with a run near her home in Colchester County, NS. […]

  This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner October 16, 2017. “Professor Kimble’s comments seem to reinforce the recent CBC Marketplace show on fake credentials,” Gerry Anderson wrote on LinkedIn. He was among the unhappier readers responding to my recent column about the federal government’s modest tax reform proposals. “His comments show that he has not […]

This story originally appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of Atlantic Business Magazine.   This is the final boarding call for Flight… Not yet. Paging passenger Evan Price… Just a few more minutes. Please proceed to Gate… One more minute. Just one more… Your aircraft doors are closing… It was December 13, 2016. Evan Price had spent […]