Friday, January 18, 2019
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...
“Sorry I’m late for the meeting. I was just getting into the polling booth when I got your call. Now, what’s all this about?” “I’m afraid it’s about your son. He’s been incredibly disruptive in the classroom, the playground and...
If you’re like me (and beware: if you’re actually taking the time to read a newspaper column, you’re probably a little bit like me), you’re probably worn out from the recent overload of political news and looking for a...
1985: My introduction to Tom Petty comes from, of all people, “Weird Al” Yankovic, whose first album includes a spoof of Petty’s duet with Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” As my 13-year-old ears take in the accordion-heavy...
Next Wednesday, Bell Media will host its annual Let’s Talk Day, which sees the Canadian communications giant putting a renewed focus on mental health and encouraging all of us to share our own experiences with anxiety, depression and similar...
It may have been the final day of Celtic Colours 2017, but on the second Saturday afternoon in October, it felt like the music was just getting started. We gathered at the Evergreen Seniors Club in Port Hawkesbury for one...

Let it steep

I’ve felt for a long time that the simple act of making tea can be a perfect metaphor for life. After all, just as we all have different ways to live our lives, tea drinkers all have their own way...

Fill the arenas

I try not to repeat myself in these columns, but this week I think I should revisit a topic that I brought up last spring, shortly after the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. The northern Saskatchewan town recently faced the difficult task...
It’s an old cliché: “A stranger’s just a friend you haven’t met.” Well, it WAS an old cliché, anyway – before Cathy and I made our first trip to St. John’s. It was already a special occasion because neither of us...
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...
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