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 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...

Adam’s Augusts

As much as I’m happy to see September arrive, part of me hates to leave August behind. That’s likely because the month of August is responsible for some of the most life-changing, transformative, growth-building and heart-filling moments I’ve ever had....
It’s minus-12 outside, with a wind chill factor of minus-20. I’m pulling into the parking lot just outside Immaculata Hall, located in the building that also houses StFX’s long-running Mount Saint Bernard College, known on the Antigonish campus as “The...
“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...
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...
“Step right up! Step right up! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to the biggest, greatest, most eye-popping, show-stopping extravaganza on the face of the earth! Join us under the big tent for the Circus...
There were two questions that I heard on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis when I worked at the tourist bureau in St. Peter’s as a teenager during the summer of 1992. They were: “Where’s the St. Peter’s Canal?” And: “Are...
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