by Scott Edgar If you’ve looked at Halifax Transit’s proposed redesign, you might have noticed one big change to your commute. Right now, you might only need to take one bus to go from home to work (or school) and back again. But on the redesigned network, you’re going to have to transfer. To a […]
We’ve heard the excuses: it’s an unprecedented winter, the rapid freeze caught everyone off guard, it would cost too much to clear the sidewalks like you cleared yours…. Well, I’ve heard that the sidewalks around Dalhousie University were in good condition, so after the council meeting this afternoon, I went to check them out. Here’s […]
by Larry Haiven The term “two solitudes” used to describe Quebec and the rest of Canada, and sovereignty still runs at about 40 percent of the Quebec population and of course even higher among francophones. But there are two other incompatible nations in this country — men’s Canada and women’s Canada. That’s right: there’s a breathtaking […]
This morning I went to the Building our Future breakfast sponsored by Greater Halifax Partnership at the Delta Halifax. I have been critical of the entire “Bold Halifax” campaign from the start, but I went with something of an open mind—I didn’t think I would change my opinion of the campaign, but I thought I might better...
We’re fortunate to have dozens of nonprofit organizations doing socially important work in our community: health clinics, boys and girls clubs, organizations to help the homeless and forgotten youth, groups providing space for adult day care, teenage drop-in centres, childcare, hospice centres for the dying. The list is varied, but the one thing they all have […]
by Bruce Wark We love our cars and woe betide the journalist who tries to tally the immense costs of that love, not just in the deaths and injuries this most personal mode of transportation brings, but also in its elephantine social, financial and environmental costs. Auto makers and their dealers spend billions persuading us […]
Six separate cases of tampered Halloween candy have been reported in Nova Scotia this year. But based on the information I have collected from police, I conclude that the reports are very likely false. This would not at all be uncommon. Snopes, the website dedicated to debunking or confirming urban myths and internet rumours, has for years collected reports of...
Updated, November 7. See below. What’s the role of free press in society? It’s not a theoretical question: Halifax is the birthplace of press freedom in this country, and we pay homage to Joseph Howe for calling out corruption when he saw it. Meanwhile, reporters and editors elsewhere are being murdered for a job reporters in Canada take […]
The CIBC is positioning itself as a responsible corporate citizen. Why, just ask them. Monday, it embarked on a Twitter campaign to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The company initiated the campaign with this tweet: By the end of the day, the corporate twitter account announced success: Money for charity. What could possibly […]
By Larry Haiven Back when I was in the MBA program at the University of Alberta in 1984, a wily professor put the cat among the pigeons. He asked us students to consider whether corporations should forget about charity and good works and simply…pay their taxes. Businesses, he argued, were good at making money, not […]