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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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25
Jan
Duelling historical paradigms

Duelling historical paradigms

There are said to be two types of people: those who divide people into two categories, and those who don’t.

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11
Jan
When Halifax swung... and all that jazz

When Halifax swung... and all that jazz

In the 1920s, Scott Fitzgerald published a book called Stories of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald was probably thinking less of music than of the loosening of morals and mores after the Great War. This was the age of flapper Freudianism, well captured in Pete Seeger’s mordant musical send up of Freud with the immortal words: down repression; up libido.

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28
Dec
The Prime Minister of Popular Culture

The Prime Minister of Popular Culture

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first order of business: full bore interviews, complete with photo opportunities, with two American celebrity organs: the New York Sunday Times and Vogue. Many Canadians have revelled in the offshore coverage. We still want to be noticed abroad.

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14
Dec
Here’s an idea: Mentors for teachers

Here’s an idea: Mentors for teachers

For perhaps the first time in living memory, the role (I initially typed rule) of the teaching profession in Nova Scotia, and the place of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union in the education system have become a matter of great public interest and concern.

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