Politics

Cata-straw-phe!

It seems like everywhere you look people are quick to point out the absolute sin of plastic straws.   According to popular media, they seem to be the root of the ocean plastic epidemic.   Chances are you’ve heard about this trendy new campaign focused on reducing plastic straw usage and want to do your part for…

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The straw ban is progress

The straw ban has a positive effect on the environment. The ban does not discount specific issues brought up by those against it. The straw ban needs to be thought through and discussed, but not dismissed.  The main issue with straws is that they take 200 years to decompose. Because these straws don’t decompose for a long…

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Canada grows, while NS stagnates

The population of Canada has been steadily growing, but this isn’t the case for Atlantic Canada. In the past 25 years, Canada’s population has grown over 25 per cent while Nova Scotia sits at merely 3 per cent.  Immigrants are critical for Nova Scotia to turn around its economy.   The provincial government has taken serious efforts to increase…

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Hocus Bipocus

Racism.  A pretty scary word isn’t it? When considering the ways in which racism can play out and the devastating effect it continues to have on the lives of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) worldwide it is clear that something must be done.        What’s fascinating to me is that people are more…

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The stupidity of the 2%

Editor’s note: Matt Stickland is a retired Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy.   There have been a lot of crazy policies coming out of the United States in recent months. Like, tearing families apart, losing trade wars and throwing hissy fits in the direction of the NFL. For this foreign policy nerd Trump’s most…

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The long shadow of sunny ways

A lot of cheerleading came from Liberal party members and the party faithful as the Liberal party held its 2018 national convention in Halifax, from April 19 to 21. The three-day Liberal convention was to let everyone know how great the Liberals are doing at governing the country and to prepare for the 2019 federal…

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Reasonable doubts

Ever since we were monkeys, we’ve endeavoured to control and organize our society. And as we evolve physically, we also evolve socially. No longer is it just the biggest, baddest, ugliest monkey on the block that controls our society: we now generally expect our leaders to win elections instead of fights.   As part of that…

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What are these Paradise Papers? 

It’s getting hard to write opinion pieces about politics without choking on impotent rage. The razzle dazzle public relations world that we are being sold isn’t jiving with what our lives look like.   Politicians treat each other in ways that weren’t acceptable for me to treat my brother when we were six years old. Instead of…

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Calling All Allies

Remember Kinder Morgan? Standing Rock? These are fossil fuel projects implemented by governments with little regard for community interests and treaties these projects impact. Nova Scotia has its own energy project with the same issues. The Alton Natural Gas Storage project has been in the works for almost a decade, yet a lack of consultation…

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A unified Jewish community

Last year, my cousin – whom I love and respect – used a phrase to describe one of my best friends whom I also love and respect. It was a pejorative term that accuses the named person of committing that greatest sin in our identity-obsessed world: traitor to one’s own kind. You’re not sitting here…

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