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US Judge Allows Trucking of Radioactive Chalk River Waste to South Carolina

US Judge Allows Trucking of Radioactive Chalk River Waste to South Carolina

February 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm

In my October column, “Roads to Hell: Nuclear Waste on the Move,” I reported on legal efforts to block shipments of highly-radioactive liquid waste from the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories in Ontario to the Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina, a journey of over 2,000 kilometerss passing the GreatRead More

A Brief Introduction to PowerSchool

A Brief Introduction to PowerSchool

February 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm

What is this PowerSchool of which Nova Scotian teachers speak? The datafication (a word I thought I’d made up but which turns out to be real) of P-12 education happened after my time in the Nova Scotia public system, so I had to do some reading (a little skill I pickedRead More

Anatomy of a Bill: A Play in One Act

Anatomy of a Bill: A Play in One Act

February 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party made a freedom of information application to the Nova Scotia government last December requesting: All communication (including emails, letter and other electronic messages) briefing notes and other documents related to An Act Respecting a Teacher’s [sic] Professional Agreement. The request referred to legislation that Education MinisterRead More

Dolores Campbell: None of the above?

Dolores Campbell: None of the above?

February 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you happen to be a “none” (no, not a “nun”), you’re one of a growing number of people (more than a billion worldwide actually, especially in America and Europe) who identify themselves as having no religious affiliation, even if they were brought up in homes where religion was practiced,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 15, 2017 at 11:15 am

Aussie Hemp Local businessman Parker Rudderham announced last week that his hemp oil company, Highland Hemp, had signed a $14 million deal to supply an unspecified amount of hemp oil to an unnamed Brazilian pharmaceutical company. When reading local business stories, I like to ask myself, “What would the Wall StreetRead More

Nuclear Weapons & Human Nature: An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Nuclear Weapons & Human Nature: An Open Letter to Barack Obama

February 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Dear Mr. Obama, During your momentous visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial last May, the first by a sitting US president, you placed the quest for a nuclear-weapon-free world in the profoundest of contexts: the struggle of humanity to transcend the darkest vices of its own nature. As you leaveRead More

‘Hard Times for Peace-Loving People’

‘Hard Times for Peace-Loving People’

February 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Over 350 people gathered in front of the Civic Centre in Sydney on Tuesday night to stand vigil for the victims of Sunday’s attack on a Quebec city mosque, the Centre culturel islamique de Québec. Six Muslim men were killed and 19 injured when a man opened fire in the mosque duringRead More

President Donald Trump or What the Hell Happened to America?

President Donald Trump or What the Hell Happened to America?

February 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

It’s only just begun, yet the whole world seems to be feeling the weight of Donald Trump’s presidency. Many more affected and more knowledgeable than myself have commented (boy have they commented) on where he will take the United States during the next four years, but there’s no doubt whatsoeverRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Prince Rupert CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning had a very interesting interview with Herb Pond, mayor of Prince Rupert, British Columbia for two terms during which time the city’s struggling break-bulk port was developed into a successful container terminal, handling more than 600,000 containers a year and employing more than 3,000Read More

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The Ethicist: Transparency (Part I)

January 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Here we are in 2017, and all around us we see signs of turmoil, angst and politicians running afoul of basic ethical principles! I was going to write about Justin Trudeau’s marvelous tropical Christmas vacation, but I have decided to tackle that topic next month instead, since I think thatRead More