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. Yes, there. If you want to know — and even if you don’t — how close to (or far from) that less than ideal we already are in […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. Please help us continue this coverage by subscribing. What intrigued me about Stephen McNeil’s “time to take some tough measures… wake-up call” on COVID at his briefing last Tuesday afternoon was not the premier’s own stay-the-blazes-home-again announcement, but the pronouncements that preceded it. On Monday, […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. On Monday, September 21, 2020, Health Minister Randy Delorey will … Well, he may unveil some part of some pre-selected, non-binding recommendations from a secret, penalty-of-six-months-in-prison-for-talking-about review his government-commissioned into the deaths of 53 residents at Northwood this spring. Some part? Delorey received the actual […]
If there has been a singular defining characteristic of Stephen McNeil’s career as premier of Nova Scotia, it is his righteously self-righteous confidence in the rightness of whatever he says is right, damn the consequences, dismiss the naysayers, dump on the media. Sometimes, that has served him — and us — well. Start, of course, […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. Nothing to see here folks. Nothing to talk about. Nothing to know you need to know because… well, you know. And even if there was, we shouldn’t. We can’t. Know. You know… “Our committees unanimously voted to adjourn and suspend committee meetings,” explained the Explainer-in-Chief […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. Choices? Crushing health care unions versus investing in long-term care? Slashing $8 million from the provincial budget for grants to long-term health care facilities versus investing in long-term care? Boasting about shiny budget surpluses versus investing in long-term care? Cutting taxes for corporations versus investing...
Dear Premier McNeil, I know you’ve been busy, telling Nova Scotians to stay the blazes home and telling our legislators to stay the blazes out of affairs that are none of their business. Such as government spending. I mean, what gives elected MLAs the right to hold online committee hearings to ask awkward questions about […]
Let us count up just a few of the reasons Premier Stephen McNeil will call a provincial election before the end of 2020. Start in the counting house itself. Last week, during his annual State of the Province address at — where else? — the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, McNeil announced tax cuts for corporations...
When it comes to identifying all its political, social and economic consequences and parsing the larger meaning of Friday’s history-making, future-shaking decision by Premier Stephen McNeil to order Northern Pulp to finally “stop pumping effluent in Boat Harbour,” I am grateful to defer to my smarters. Joan Baxter, Linda Pannozzo, Jennifer Henderson and Tim Bousquet […]
“I think you know every Canadian knows you’re guilty. And you can take that to your grave!” Court spectator Mark Iich Shouted at Gerald Regan following his acquittal December 1998 As the author of “that book about”… I spent much of last week being interviewed by journalists, all of whom — like me — were […]