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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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07
Mar
Young Avenue, my neighbourhood — believe it or not

Young Avenue, my neighbourhood — believe it or not

Some years ago, contemplating a career as a columnist, I sought advice from Brian Flemming, a then Halifax Daily News columnist, one time future Prime Minister, sometime aspiring media mogul, occasional ambivalent legal practitioner. He offered me one caveat: don’t expect to be able to live on Young Avenue on your journalistic earnings.

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22
Feb
Why Justin grounded our F18s, and what that says about him

Why Justin grounded our F18s, and what that says about him

Charles de Gaulle opened his memoirs by saying that he was imbued by a certain idea of France.
We are learning how Justin Trudeau is imbued by an equally central idea of Canada. It may be less grandiose than the vision that de Gaulle had for France, one that stretched back many centuries.

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08
Feb
Is the Herald on a slide or on the brink

Is the Herald on a slide or on the brink

In 1911, Canada had 143 daily papers. It has never had as many dailies before or since.
In 1911, before radio and TV, daily newspapers were a natural monopoly. Like railways before cars and highways. Like first class mail before universal dial tone. Like the department store before malls.

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