“That’s mighty white of you.” I had never heard the phrase before I started my first full-time media job, but my newsroom colleague at the time was fond of saying it on a regular basis to news contacts that had...
“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...
This week, two disclaimers: I’m a regular contributor to CBC Radio One here in Cape Breton; and I own 29 of the 30 volumes of Don Cherry’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Hockey. They were all Christmas...
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...
When I reflect on memories of our cat Sadie that predate her departure from this world last Thursday afternoon, her purr will always come back to me. It often reached incredible volumes – Cathy described it as...
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...
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...
“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...
So there you have it, Nova Scotia: Less than one-fifth of the province’s entire population just determined who’s going to lead you, and for how long. No, that’s not an exaggeration. I truly wish it was. But the numbers, as...


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