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There are many elements in my role as MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier that have brought me significant pride. Being elected - and re-elected - to represent my community is an encouraging and often eye-opening experience. Whether...
Fifty years ago, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin witnessed a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California that killed an estimated 3,500 sea birds, as well as marine animals such as dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions.
It should be a slam dunk for the decision makers in our province to address this issue. Here are some of the issues outlined by our most knowledgeable people, according to a provincial newspaper. March 22,...
Editor’s note: The following letter was written to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Chuck Porter. Dear Mr. Porter, As a citizen of Richmond County, I have serious concerns regarding the recent actions of three...
The current mayhem in Richmond County is directly attributable, in my mind, to the flawed Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) boundary review of 2014-2016 which resulted in downsizing council from 10 to five councillors. At...
I always like to remind myself that the most honourable people of all are not those who never make mistakes, but those who admit to them when they do, and then move on and do their best to right...
Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs. Dear Minister Porter, In December of 2006, then Education Minister, Karen Casey, used her authority under the Education Act to...
At the core of police street checks is citizens’ personal information. After all, street checks are an intelligence tool meant to gather information that might be useful in future investigations. They are state-sponsored citizen surveillance. Information is...
Tourism is a thriving industry in Nova Scotia. We attract millions of travelers annually, who spend money to eat our east-coast cuisine and to stay at our local hotels. But, every year, thousands of jobs in...
Every so often, rightly or wrongly, a government-supported business venture becomes a political football. From Sydney Steel, to SNC-Lavalin, we’ve seen decades’ worth of fall-out from government intervention in the business community. Occasionally, however, the sticks we use to beat...
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