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We may never know all the complex factors that led Lionel Desmond to murder his wife and family, and then kill himself. But we’re learning. It’s complicated. On the evening of Jan. 3, 2017, Lionel Desmond, a 32-year-old former Canadian soldier, murdered his 31-year-old wife, Shanna, their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, and his 52-year-old mother, Brenda, […]

By John Kirk and Stephen Kimber John Kirk is a professor of Latin American studies at Dalhousie University and author or co-editor of 18 books on Latin America. Stephen Kimber is a professor of journalism at the University of King’s College and author of 10 books, including What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story […]

On Tuesday, February 23, Rankin got his first chance as premier to make his first lasting impression on Nova Scotians. What did he say? What should he have said? Compare with my columnist’s suggested first announcements After Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor Arthur LeBlanc performs his ceremonial and socially distanced laying on of hands at the Halifax […]

When former King’s College professor Wayne Hankey was charged in an historic sexual assault case earlier this month, it raised questions about what happened — and why — after he was accused of similar behaviour 30 years ago. I can still remember where I was when I heard the news: in the Senior Common Room […]

A lawyer for logging contractors says there’s a time and place to discuss concerns about forest harvesting practices. But the courtroom isn’t either. Which begs a few questions. What is the time? Where is the place? A protester in Santa costume at the Nova Scotia forestry blockade. (Facebook) “There is a time and place to […]

Following the death of George Floyd, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society joined much of the rest of the world in declaring itself against anti-Black racism. But the society now must grapple with its own recent history and what lawyer Laura McCarthy calls the “discrimination dirt still under their rug.” On June 3, 2020, the Nova […]

How is that real estate developers get to do what they want without real consequences? Oh, right. Nothing new to see here, folks. In mid-April 1999, a Halifax city planner named Gary Porter returned from his vacation to a surprise. He noticed there was now one more storey than the city had approved on an […]

Welcome to the world of higher education in which “gift” and “gift commitment” can be parsed so billionaires can claim to give what they haven’t, and dictate whatever they want. On this Makeover Monday, let us pretend—because there will be more than a little smoke-and-mirrors pretend in this column—that it is actually the morning of […]

Don’t worry. You don’t have to choose. Liberal delegates will pick your next premier for you. All you have to do is live with him… for a while. Welcome to 2021! In addition to figuring out the appropriate trash folder into which to dump all of 2020 (along with last week’s plethora of pleading emails […]

If you want to know just how quickly a flawed but functioning democracy can descend into anti-democratic demagoguery, may I direct your attention south of our border. If you want to know how close to (or far from) that less than ideal we already are in Nova Scotia, may I direct your attention to the […]