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16
May
Edward Cornwallis, British aristo-twit

Edward Cornwallis, British aristo-twit

When you hear the name Edward Cornwallis, what is your first thought?
Today probably, his issuing an edict to pay bounty for aboriginal scalps, an edict that apparently was never acted on. But it has caused Cornwallis, perhaps not quite fairly, to be seen as an advocate of genocide.

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02
May
I take the PBS Trump Bubble Test

I take the PBS Trump Bubble Test

In 2013, the conservative American political scientist Charles Murray wrote Coming Apart, in which he describes how America is becoming two nations: a relatively (at times very) affluent cosmopolitan economic/cultural/media elite with mostly intact families; and a lower class that is losing good blue collar jobs and is less attached to stable families.

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18
Apr
Speech, speeech!

Speech, speeech!

A couple of columns on the CBC website, by CBC reporter Neil Macdonald and by former Nova Scotia NDP finance minister Graham Steele, speak to the quality and relevance of many current political speeches. As it happens, I have firsthand experience with the process behind government speeches.

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04
Apr
Halifax’s Big Dig

Halifax’s Big Dig

The Big Dig is, of course, the massive highway tunnel system that funnels traffic underneath the heart of Boston with its notorious street labyrinth.
Halifax got its own big dig exactly a century ago: the railway trench that scours its way from Fairview, then along the Northwest Arm and Point Pleasant Park to the Via Rail station.
Such a project would be inconceivable today.

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21
Mar
Vote for the crook. It matters.

Vote for the crook. It matters.

Edwin Edwards, still alive at 88, is probably the most prominent and colourful political figure to emerge from my extended Acadian/Cajun family.
Definitely a laissez les bons temps roulez Cajun. He once said that he could only lose an election if he was found in bed one morning with a dead girl or a live boy.

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