Saturday, May 26, 2018


I was about two months into my first regular journalism job, as the afternoon news anchor for CIGO AM Radio. With my five o’clock newscast just a few minutes away, I was delivering a handful of sound clips and pre-packaged...
As some of you might already know, I entered a contest this fall. I didn’t win the contest. I didn’t even make it to the finals. So why would I spend the next 750 words writing about a contest that I...
This week, I’m going to revisit a youthful lapse of judgment to illustrate my feelings about the $10 million settlement the federal government recently awarded Omar Khadr. In the summer of 1990, shortly after graduating high school, I was the...

Why I’m leaving

As many of you already know, this is my last week at The Reporter. Since I’ve been a part of this newsroom for nearly a decade – which extends to almost a dozen years when my previous stint from 1999-2001...
My new friend Andy seemed to need a little convincing. This was his first time at Swim The Canal, after all. He was visiting his parents in Richmond County, with his wife and eight-year-old son from the Dusseldorf-Cologne area of...
“Good evening everybody! Welcome to our first – and probably last – annual Province House Christmas Pageant. I’m your host, Karen Casey.” “Boo!” “Resign!” “Yes, yes, it’s simply grand to see all of you here, too. As your Minister of Education, I...
Regular readers might recall that, a few months ago I mentioned my “Canada Through My Eye” blog for the first time in this column space.   Somehow, I got it in my head that I should spend the twelve months of...
My year-long Canada 150 pledge to only play CDs by homegrown artists on our car stereo throughout 2017 recently reintroduced me to a pair of talented musicians and composers from my native L’Ardoise. And even though they were featured on...
A funny thing happened on the way to Round Two of the ugly brawl between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) and the provincial Department of Education: Somebody blinked. Well, perhaps there was blinking on all sides. I suspect neither...
I’ll remember the last full week of January for a long time, particularly the 72-hour window that saw shocking falls from grace for three political heavyweights, sweeping changes for Nova Scotia’s education system, the swan song of a veteran...
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