Breakfast in a Pandemic

Breakfast in a Pandemic

November 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Donald Campbell, Jr knows a thing or two about going hungry. The owner of That’s Right Roofing & Renovations, who recently placed third in the heavily contested District 12 race in the CBRM election, suffered physical hunger pains when he was a boy – and blames poverty, in his characteristicallyRead More

Aerial view of Downtown Sydney NSCC Marconi Campus site. (Source: "NSCC Marconi Campus: Sydney Relocation," Ekistics)

Marconi Part I: On the Waterfront

September 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

It’s taken over a year — I first requested a copy of the Ekistics Plan+Design report on the relocation of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Marconi Campus to downtown Sydney in April 2019 — and it ultimately required a FOIPOP to dislodge it and the censors have had aRead More

COVID-19/Back-to-School Update for 2 September 2020

COVID-19/Back-to-School Update for 2 September 2020

September 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Briefing Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill briefed reporters today (some in person, some on the phone) on the province’s plan to send students back to their classrooms on September 8. Churchill began by recapping previously announcedRead More

Back to the One-Room Schoolhouse?

Back to the One-Room Schoolhouse?

August 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm

As predicted, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s long-awaited plan for getting students back to school in September has been met with push-back and “yeah-buts” from both opposition parties, the NSTU and CUPE Nova Scotia, who feel it is short on details about how, exactly, it’sRead More

Green Gardens at Gros Morne, Gulf of St. Lawrence Photo by Patrick Mueller from apex, usa / CC BY (

Letter to the Editor: Experiential Education

July 8, 2020 at 11:47 am

How did you learn best? How do we learn best about anything? How do we retain what we have learned best? Learning styles have been written about since the dawn of time. To see, hear, touch, smell, read, experience – which one do you learn best from? My Mom, DadRead...

Hugh Segal (Photo by Milan Ilnyckyj / CC0

Hugh Segal Wants to Turn CERB to GAI

June 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

This past week, I listened to a podcast from the Conference Board of Canada’s “Bright Future” series featuring my old friend (meaning, someone I quote frequently), Hugh Segal, who has for years (since he “had hair”) been a fierce proponent of guaranteed annual income (GAI). Asked by host Michael BassettRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 30, 2020 at 3:58 pm

NSP Someone (you know who you are) recently got me to thinking about the history of policing in Nova Scotia, which led me to this 1990 article by Greg Marquis (the author, more recently, of a book about the murder of Richard Oland). The piece, entitled “The History of PolicingRead...

Enfant faisant ses devoirs / Child Doing Homework, circa 1930, Joseph Kutter (1894-1941), CC0

Home School

April 15, 2020 at 11:06 am

Being a pathological optimist, it didn’t occur to me to wonder, when Nova Scotia Education Minister Zach Churchill canceled international school trips on March 4, if there would be any disruptions to my own classroom. Nor did I think we wouldn’t be back after March Break. Or that we wouldn’tRead More

Students reading in class, Leflore County Schools. (Carl Albert Research and Studies Center, Congressional Collection / CC BY-SA (

Educated for Life?

March 8, 2020 at 12:35 pm

As of this writing, elementary and high school teachers in Ontario are embroiled in an escalating dispute with Premier Doug Ford’s government. Teachers have held a number of one-day strikes and, I understand, have many more planned. While the government has been putting forward a narrative that consists of theRead More

When Housing is a Commodity, Not a Right

When Housing is a Commodity, Not a Right

December 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I moved to the Czech Republic in 1996, seven years after the Velvet Revolution (and three after the Velvet divorce, which saw the former Czechoslovakia split into its constituent Czech and Slovak parts). One of the favorite topics of conversation among ex-pats in those days was the quirkiness of CzechRead More