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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1-800 – Fix the Damn Fridge

“When you care deeply about someone or something, repairs are worth your investment of time, energy, effort, heart, and resources. Whether it is to repair a broken trust or a damaged relationship, take the initiative to make it right and make it better.” ― Susan C. Young
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When he get his way, he gets… angry?

Over the past year, and to be honest, in my case the feeling has existed for a bit longer, but especially over this past year, the Government of Nova Scotia has led like they dislike, or maybe even despise, every single one of us. And I know that may sound melodramatic, but all things considered… it’s not, really. The most obvious and most publicly discussed targets of the premier’s wrath were the very people he had lobbied for support prior to his election.
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It’s All About the Base

Over the past year, this province has experienced a disheartening and enlightening series of exposures to what has proven to be an underworld of sorts in our government and their management of healthcare, the environment, the education system, among many other things.

Based on what we saw and heard last year, and based on our experiences with this government across most portfolios, it should come as no surprise
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And yet she persisted.

A number of months ago, I posted about my good friend, Lisa, and her family. Their situation was critical.


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Anything We Can Fix, (He Thinks) He Can Fix It Better

I am asked why I support the teachers in the education reform debate. Actually, I was told I was stupid once, and uniformed, and once or twice, just plain old anti-Liberal. I have a good time with that one. I might be better described as anti-corruption, anti-bullying, anti-corporate capture, anti-a lot of things, but plain old anti-Liberal is not what I adhere to.

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Dear Government of Nova Scotia, your science and facts fail the sniff test

Nobel Prize Winner, Robert A. Millikan once said, “To distort the facts to conform to the opinions has become well-nigh irresistible.” These days, if government in Nova Scotia want people to believe their opinion, it is too tempting to leave out, or misrepresent or manipulate the facts, in order to create a layer of support. As a result, it is becoming impossible to believe anything they claim. Especially when they refer to facts. And science. Often in the same sentence.

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