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Nova Scotia’s Film Inudstry Needs Fixing

Darlene Lewis is a set decorator who lives in Boutiliers Point.  She has always worked in the arts. She began her career in theatre, eventually moving over into film and television. The making of films in Nova Scotia has been a part of the artistic and business landscape since 1913 when Evangeline, one of Canada’s very first films, was shot …

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Homelessness and Poverty Remain a Needless Plague

With the winter holidays behind us and a New Year ahead of us we now have a chance to ask ourselves how we want 2016 to be defined. It’s a time when we celebrated the arrival of thousands of refugees from war-torn Syria. How is it that Canada has a national refugee policy and no national strategy for dealing with …

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OMB Rulings Threaten the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood

The frantic Downtown building boom continues. Three new, tall and very dense Downtown projects are in the news. One is a large office development close to Union Station along Bay Street; two are condos in the sensitive St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. The Bay Street project by Ivanhoé Cambridge is two very tall office towers with a connecting landscaped bridge spanning the …

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Mental Illness and African Nova Scotian Communities

From the 1960s on down, many labels have been placed on African Nova Scotians who exhibited differing behaviors. These labels include “learning disabled,” “crazy,” “animalistic,” et cetera. One could venture to say most psychologists and psychiatrists in the province of Nova Scotia have little or no understanding of the lives, culture, heritage, lineage and traditions of African Nova Scotians. Psychologists …

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Would You Like to Buy Some Marijuana?

I’ll sell you some high-quality bud, without any chemicals. I sell pot. Not a ton of it, but enough to keep a lot of people happy: about four pounds every three weeks. You want to buy some? I’ll sell three grams for $25, or five grams for $40. Just let me know. Like every good Canadian kid, I started smoking …

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Fukushima nuclear leakage and India’s Kudankulam

When the rulers do not value the human lives, except the of the rich, they are just the most dangerous beasts. Indian regime, run by mafias of all sorts, including nuclear mafia, always showcases the common masses its resoluteness and arrogance. Pushing through in hurry the Kudankulam nuclear terror plant in Tamil Nadu caring a damn for the people living …

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Cuba suspends US consular services

At Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro shook hands for the first time. That was indeed an unplanned gesture from sides. Shortly after that Cuba and the US also announced the resumption of official talks on immigration and postal services between the two countries. However, the realignment of strained equations between the traditional foes was …

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Support for Palestine grows in Israel

It looks very pleasant that the peace god smiles to the besieged Palestinians with increasing good will emanating from Israel. That is indeed a positive sign of justice, albeit very late, for the long oppressed people of Palestine. In a surprise move, the Israel’s right-wing foreign minister and a pro-settler leader who opposes an independent Palestine tooth and nail thus …

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