Health

Tax Cut, Schmax Cut

Tax Cut, Schmax Cut

October 23, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I was listening to a breakdown of Liberal election promises (pre-election) and the reporter doing the breaking down said they included a tax cut for middle-income families and it got me to thinking about the value of tax cuts versus the cost of tax cuts. Luckily for me, someone muchRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Issues

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Issues

October 18, 2019 at 11:11 am

First of all, thank you to the candidates who took the time to respond to our questions — Michelle Dockrill, Lois Foster, Jodi McDavid and Kenzie MacNeil. As promised, we extended the deadline to Thursday at 5:00 PM for those candidates who had not yet replied, and here are theRead More

Bean burger (cropped). (Photo by Maximilian Paradiz from Amsterdam, Netherlands [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)a

And Now, a Word from Your Planet: Burgers

September 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm

In my most recent Fast & Curious column, I mused about my preference for non-meat burgers that don’t masquerade as meat and a spectator pointed out that what I was actually saying was that I preferred whole foods to processed foods and that we happen to have an expert onRead More

An unidentified man stands by stacks of pitchblende concentrate awaiting shipment at Port Radium in 1939. Photo: Richard Finnie via NWT Archives https://www.nwttimeline.ca/1925/Popups/photo3_eldorado.htm

Canada’s Uranium Highway: Victims and Perpetrators

August 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

On numerous occasions in recent decades, Canadian governments have apologized for a host of egregious wrongdoings. While such words of contrition are too often unaccompanied by adequate actions, they can help make visible, as Trudeau argued in his 2017 apology, the “hard truths” Canadian society needs to confront. Yet theRead More

Acedia and Political Polarization

Acedia and Political Polarization

July 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Politics today is strikingly polarized in both Canada and the United States (and, of course, in other parts of the world). People who call themselves “conservative” and those who call themselves “liberal” or “progressive” not only disagree with one another about almost everything, they seem to be inhabiting such differentRead More

Acedia By T.B. Jackson-Williams. CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27433194

Acedia and Me (and You)

June 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

Several columns ago, I considered the difficulties a number of students seem to be experiencing, and noted that, when I discuss their situation with my colleagues, they have identified many of the same issues with their own students. The two most marked features of stress some of my students displayRead More

photo via Wikimedia Commons By The Photographer - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70180235

To Feed the Hungry

May 8, 2019 at 11:32 am

We live in a province that seems to be in a constant struggle to meet its many commitments, not only to healthcare — the one that seems uppermost in the minds of many Nova Scotians — but also to those who must survive on social assistance when Nova Scotia hasRead More

Canary. (Photo by Juan Emilio [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Are Students the Canaries in Our Coal Mines?

April 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Over the last few decades, universities — or, at least, many university administrators, working in tandem with ministries of education —  have increasingly embraced the idea that the role of the university is to prepare students for jobs that already exist in the marketplace. This has left many traditional universityRead More

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare Funding Fiasco

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare Funding Fiasco

March 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

Whether it is inadequate healthcare services or inadequate equalization funding, the provincial government is sending a not-so-camouflaged message that this part of the province is not in its future development plans. For this discussion, however, I will focus attention to the healthcare issue — as I see it. As ourRead More

David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Close the Pentagon, Feed the World!

March 13, 2019 at 11:54 am

In 2003, Peace Quest Cape Breton launched a modest campaign for a ‘Pentagon Vacation’: a two-week (336-hour) reduction in the US Defense Department’s annual budget of $379 million (all figures in US dollars)– a saving, calculating 14 days at a Pentagon Hour (PH) rate of $42 million/hour, of around $14Read More