Archive for October, 2018

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 18, 2018 at 8:12 am

For-profit prisons This has to be the most unfortunate story pairing of the month — the journalistic equivalent of steak and white wine. Or Dr. Pepper. Or motor oil. First, on 11 October, the Chronicle Herald‘s John DeMont (whose writing I frequently enjoy) wrote a puff-piece about Geoffrey Rubin, theRead More

Top: Halterm (Source Port of Halifax) Bottom: Truck traffic, Port of Halifax (CBC Photo)

Why Won’t the Feds Fund Halterm?

October 17, 2018 at 1:54 pm

On October 11, the CBC’s Paul Withers reported from “inside the failed fight for federal funding for Port of Halifax.” He’s referring to the Port of Halifax’s application for money from the $2 billion National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF), established by the feds in July 2017 to “help infrastructure owners andRead More

Renovations at old Holy Angels Convent, Sydney NS. October 2018. (Spectator Photo)

A Peek Inside the New Dawn Arts Centre

October 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

I have undertaken to erect in the Town of Sydney a building intended for a Convent Boarding School for the county of Cape Breton. The need of such an institution is an acknowledged one. On several occasions during the last fifteen years I have been urged by persons from variousRead More

The Ethicist: Five Reasons to Tax the Rich (#1)

The Ethicist: Five Reasons to Tax the Rich (#1)

October 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Last month. I wrote about taxation, and observed that determining what levels of taxation are fair – and deciding who should pay the most taxes and who should pay the least – will always be substantially ethical decisions, and can never be solely economic or practical ones. While voices onRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

October 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Where’s Cecil?,” my ongoing effort to keep track of Mayor Cecil Clarke’s campaign appearances to judge just how much time he’s taking from his day job to travel the province in pursuit of the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. AsRead More

Clockwise from upper left: Basil (Photo by Cchatfield [CC BY-SA 3.0  (]; Thyme (Photo by Jeffery Martin [CC0; Parsley (Photo by PARDC - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,; Chives (Photo bygrassrootsgroundswell (chives) [CC BY 2.0  (]); Winter Savory (Photo by David J. Stang [CC BY-SA 4.0  (],); All via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 39: Herbs in Winter

October 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm

What to do this week This is a great week to pot up a few of your herbs, if you have room in the house, or to preserve some of them for great winter soups and stews. Your basil may still be fine in the greenhouse, and parsley doesn’t evenRead More

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Cannabis is Legal in Canada

October 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

I’m doing all my readers a solid this week and writing nothing about cannabis legalization. You’re welcome.      

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 12, 2018 at 9:15 am

Down the lazy river Thanks to an eagle-eyed spectator who alerted me to this gem: 🔊 Announcement! The @GlobeandMail is excited to officially announce the launch of the July 2019 #GlobeNormandyCruise with participating journalists @RoyMacG, @RobertFife, @taraobrady, @Beppi_Crosariol, and Margaret Wente. 🛳 ➡ To reserve your cabin: —Read More

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part I)

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part I)

October 10, 2018 at 12:28 pm

In a “classical” [private-public-partnership or P3], a government typically uses a consortium of private sector firms to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain some new physical public infrastructure. Despite the increasing use of [P3]s, evidence shows that many [P3]s have produced unsatisfactory outcomes, including high transaction costs and project bankruptcy.Read More

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part II)

To P3 or Not to P3: That is the Question (Part II)

October 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

You probably just read Part I of this P3 Hospitals article, but in case you then took a juice break, or a yoga break, or a few minutes to breathe deeply or pound a couple of shots of tequila, let me remind you why, according to Premier Stephen McNeil, hisRead More