Posts by Sam Vlessing

Buses? What buses?

A bus in Halifax. Photo by Calum Agnew.

  I waited an entire day for the bus to show up. Okay, 24 hours may be an exaggeration, but seriously, that’s exactly what it felt like. We’ve all been there. We wait. We wait some more. Sometimes we even wait a little more. And then the bus finally decides to show up, almost as…

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Four keys to success for men’s basketball

Rookie Devon Stedman, far left, is a key component to a young men's basketball team this season. (Shauna Brown photo)

The Dalhousie Tigers men’s basketball team has a lot to think about. An abysmal start to the season, although still early, has the Tigers tied for last place in the AUS. Not only has the lack of chemistry led to a 0-3 start, there hasn’t been much promise of good things to come. That is,…

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Global leaders gather in Halifax

Canadian Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay and US Senator John McCain discuss.

  The Halifax International Security Form is important to Canadians. The forum provides an opportunity to discuss defence issues of shared interest with our allies and international partners. It gives the Department of National Defence the unique opportunity to reaffirm Canada’s defence relationships, priorities, and its commitment to the Canada First Defence Strategy, under which the…

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All eyes on us

Canada's Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum Friday afternoon. (Photo from halifaxtheforum.org)

The world has come to Halifax. From Nov. 16 to 18 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 300 well- informed leaders from more than 50 countries will gather to discuss the most pertinent security issues facing our world today. Leaders, scholars and military experts will discuss the impact of the unrest in Syria, the emergence of China…

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Q&A: Mike Savage

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Dal Gazette: Why would students vote for you and what are some of your ideas that would significantly affect the massive student population? Mike Savage: I can provide leadership that’s open and transparent.  We can be the youthful city that we want to be, and most importantly, we can keep the young people right here…

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Q&A: Tom Martin

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Dal Gazette: Why would a student vote for you over any other candidate? Tom Martin: A couple of reasons. I think that the issues on my platform, especially affordable housing, safe streets, and dealing with transportation are all issues important to students. I have a fairly significant number of students working on my campaign.  To…

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East Coast welcomes the NBA

Fans came out to watch point guard Jose Calderon and the Raptors compete in an intrasquad game. (Bryn Karcha photo)

It took the Toronto Raptors, Canada’s only remaining NBA franchise, 15 years to come back to Halifax. But when they finally took the leap, they were greeted as if they never even left. Concluding a week-long training camp held in the city, the Raptors played an exhibition game on Oct. 6 to a healthy crowd,…

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Thinking globally

There are over 7 billion people on the planet who engage in consumption patterns never before seen in recorded history. Coupled with tremendous economic growth, albeit asymmetrical between the West and the rest, industrialized states of the global north have created an unhealthy reliance on fossil fuels. For over half a century, per capita consumption…

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