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15
May
New skirmish in the Cornwallis Wars

New skirmish in the Cornwallis Wars

The Cornwallis Wars have resumed, now that HRM Council has agreed to reconsider the future of Cornwallis Park and the Cornwallis statue in front of the Westin Hotel near the Via Rail station.
I have argued here previously that debates about Cornwallis are grossly out of proportion to his actual and modest accomplishments and influence. So why the continuing controversy?

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01
May
Have I got a plan for HRM...!

Have I got a plan for HRM...!

Fifty years on, we still live largely in the cultural shadow of the 1960s. One issue during that decade that went underground and has only recently surfaced was the fate of cities.

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18
Apr
Just who are ‘us’?

Just who are ‘us’?

The CBC historical series The Story of Us has elicited predictable ire from parts of the country that feel slighted and ignored in its choice of topics.
That may be a matter of importance. But what matters far more in my view is that this series represents one or several steps backward in the art of documentary and our historical understanding of Canada.

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03
Apr
Another modest proposal  for school reform

Another modest proposal for school reform

Public education has been very much in the news lately. I have certainly weighed in here on issues arising from the dispute between the government and the NSTU.

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20
Mar
The trouble with empathy

The trouble with empathy

It probably began with Bill Clinton aspiring to feel people’s pain. Then Barack Obama praised judges for exemplifying empathy. Then Justin Trudeau celebrated Canada as a place where we are there for one another.
Now, finally, someone, Paul Bloom, a Yale psychology professor, has come out with a book, Against Empathy.

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