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Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

Now that it’s out of power, the Liberal party is imploding. As usual. Those hoping to lead the party today might take a moment to remember how the Liberals fared the last time they lost an election. Anyone remember Francis MacKenzie? The existential problem for any political party whose primary raison d’êtres are to gain […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

Why is so much of the city’s police budget discussion happening behind closed doors? We can’t say… What really goes on behind closed doors? Do those doors need to be closed? Does the Halifax Regional Police need more money to do its job properly? Those, of course, are different questions, but it’s hard to answer […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

Last week’s Postmedia purchase of Brunswick News won’t make New Brunswick’s newspapers better. And it won’t do anything to solve Postmedia’s ongoing debt crisis. Or save Saltwire from itself. But then, maybe that’s a good thing. Be careful what you wish for. For more than 50 years, critics rightly railed against the concentration of media […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

We still need to have a serious conversation about more complicated issues like science and policy and politics, and how they connect and don’t. Originally published February 14, 2022. Will we look back on Friday, February 11, 2022, as Justin Trudeau’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau “Just-watch-me” moment? If so, what might that mean? For him? For […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

The best option would be to make the private utility public again. But don’t bet that will be on the table. Blame Donnie Cameron. During the early 1990s, Donald William Cameron was an unelected, less than one-term premier of Nova Scotia. In 1991, Cameron replaced disgraced Progressive Conservative Premier John Buchanan, who abruptly quit in […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

Freedom Convoy 2022 could have generated important discussion about how we balance risk and reward and individual freedom in the time of COVID. instead, it ceded the stage to a dark-star dog’s breakfast of extremists, conspiracy fertilizers and crazies. And it’s one, two threeWhat are we fighting for?— Country Joe and the Fish As with […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

Many blame Jennifer Robertson, the widow of the company’s founder, for not realizing Gerald Cotten was a scam artist or, worse, for being a party to his crimes. But Stephen Kimber, who helped Robertson write her memoir, wonders why journalists aren’t asking investors the kind of tough questions they’re putting to her. “Where did that […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

The Houston government has brought back the Liberals COVID sick leave program to deal with the latest pandemic emergency. Why won’t they make the program permanent? We’re glad you asked. On Monday, January 10, 2022 — with the highly contagious Omicron variant spawning more and more COVID-related illnesses and forcing more and more workers to […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

In the month since the Omicron variant was confirmed in Nova Scotia, we’ve gone from 20 cases in a day to over 1,000. Time to take a moment to think about those trying to make sense of it all and make the best decisions for all of us. On Wednesday, November 24, 2021 — just […]

Stephen Kimber’s freelance journalism appears in local, regional, national and international publications.

Who will save journalism? It won’t be the government? And it won’t be the online platforms that undermined it in the first place. Which brings it back to… “Right now, the industry exists in a limbo where many of the old models are dying before the new ones have become profitable. It’s not clear whose […]