COVID-19

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, 2020.10.06

NS COVID-19 Update for 6 October 2020

October 6, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang held one of their now-rare COVID-19 briefings on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Strang began with the numbers — Nova Scotia has 3 active cases (including an essential worker who continues to be in ICU), all of which are related to travel outsideRead More

Angry Old Testament God

“God’s Will,” Thoughts on Providentialism

September 30, 2020 at 12:26 pm

“It’s God will” is a statement so often heard that when one personally decides s/he no longer accepts it as reasonable, practical, or —  let’s face it — believable, a statement from a high-ranking clergyman in the Catholic Church endorsing such a view, especially with regard to COVID-19, has toRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 9 September 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 9 September 2020

September 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, held one of their now-quite-rare COVID-19 updates on Wednesday. The premier had nothing in particular to announce, other than congratulating teachers, staff and especially students for “having the courage” to return to school yesterday. (IRead 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

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 22, 2020 at 11:22 am

Managing expectations Students of local municipal politics! Given that CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke seems to be pretty obviously running for a third term (despite announcing on election night in 2016 that he would do no such thing) I invite you to compare and contrast the following items: Exhibit A ARead More

New Zealand coastline. (Photo by Charmead Schella)

Letter from New Zealand: COVID a World Away

July 22, 2020 at 11:20 am

Editor’s Note: Many years ago in Prague, I had a very boring job, the silver of lining of which was the opportunity to meet a very good person — a fellow Canadian named Charmead Schella. She now lives in New Zealand, a country that has distinguished itself internationally by itsRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update, 6 July 2020.

NS COVID-19 for 6 July 2020

July 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Daily briefing I hadn’t expected to do a COVID-19 report today, but there was a surprise briefing with Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang (sporting what I believe was a Bugs Bunny tie), so I thought I’d catch you up. This will not be lengthy, because the point ofRead More

Dr. Robert Strang, COVID update,  26 June 2020.

NS COVID-19 Update for 26 June 2020

June 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, sporting new haircuts and matching ties, got the band back together on Friday to announce further reopening measures for Nova Scotia. The premier seemed downright giddy in the face of our epidemiology, which shows no new COVID-19 cases in 17 days andRead More

Hugh Segal (Photo by Milan Ilnyckyj / CC0 https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/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