A bike lane and a bus route walk into a bar….

IMG_2560-1_SouthPark_Maguire_forwebIt is a rough start to the morning, when you wake up and look out your window, and see traffic already at a stand still in front of your house. But what can easily make it just that much worse, is when you are a resident in Harrietsfield or Williamswood, and the traffic is in park mode because a new bike lane installation is in the works right through there. Yes. Keep Reading!

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Make like a tree and leave (the spray in the bottle), please?

birch  Does this look like a bunch of pests to you? Keep Reading!

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Modern Day Agent Orange?

Glyphosate.

It’s a really dirty word in many circles. We know that there are many conflicting reports on this herbicide, and some studies have been proven blatantly false, both for and against the product. But recently, during the first of several hundred lawsuits, it was revealed that Monsanto who produces glyphosate, and the EPA who approves its use in the USA, both lied in documentation that has been used the world over to approve and debate the links this chemical has to multiple health concerns.

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Porter’s Privateers: Politics and Power Plants

Every so often we have a day that will stay in our minds and hearts for a long time, perhaps forever. Last Saturday was such a day for me.

I met the Minas Passage in Nova Scotia for the first time, and then too some pretty great people. We talked, and we talked…. and we talked.

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Fact or Fishin’ – Part Two – Every lobster for themselves

You can read the original Fact or fishin’ article here.

Living in Nova Scotia can be downright bloody depressing at times. We have a beautiful province and loads of potential. People here are hard workers and entrepreneurs. Dreamers and doers. Survivors. We get beaten down by bad decisions and get up again and keep moving.
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Don’t vote for the Liberals and they will get even…..

Thanks to Lisa for giving us more honesty to think about when we consider which Premier we should or should not elect next time….

– from Lisa Bond
Monday, June 25th, 2018, is a day that will stick in my brain forever. I was awakened with a phone call, CBC radio wanting my reaction to the Northside General and New Waterford hospital closures.

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There will be #nopipe

On July 6, 2018, there will be a sight never seen before in Nova Scotia. There is promise that Pictou will be the centre of the broadest and most unique protest, spanning the land and the sea, bringing two factions of the provincial and local population together; those who live off the land, and those who live off the sea. And there will be people from across not only the province of Nova Scotia, but also Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. There will be fishers, specifically from the lobster fisheries, both indigenous and non, environmental groups, local residents, supporters of all stripes, First Nations Chiefs and maybe even a politician or two. And all from across the three Maritime Provinces.
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Nova Scotia’s Liberal MLAs are having a block party, and some of us are not invited

Over the last year, a noticeable trend is occurring in certain ridings with regard to MLAs and their relationship with the public they represent. It stands out in a couple of ridings, more so than elsewhere. And it is not good. It is becoming normal for MLAs to speak only to the folks that appear to agree with them, or are on their list of supporters.

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How much wood does a clear cutter cut, when a clear cutter cuts the wood?

A clear cutter cuts ALL the wood, when a clear cutter cuts the wood.

Most Nova Scotians do not support this form of forestry at all. And we are slowly finding out how much it costs us.

Recently, we learned the Province is paying more to Port Hawkesbury Paper for their forestry practices, than we are making from that mill. While they paid $3.1 Million in stumpage fees to clear cut on our crown lands, the Province paid the mill, $4.4 Million for “silviculture” work. And what that silviculture work is exactly, is being kept secret right now. These imbalances and lack of transparency, add much to the lack of patience people have with regard to the clear cutting and how our crown lands are being managed, as well as the mills themselves. Keep Reading!

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Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink – Pipe Nightmares in Nova Scotia

I read the Rime of the Ancient Mariner many years ago in school, and we delved lightly into the innuendo and underlying message. I always remembered the albatross and the death ship, but only in these last years, did the reality of this message in its overwhelming and intense form, really hit home. All the water around us, the lakes and rivers, springs and streams, we think we are blessed, but how much of it is safe to drink?

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