Sobey brothers retirement milestone

David and Donald Sobey, the brothers who have led the Sobey’s supermarket chain and Empire, the investment and holding company to national prominence, have both announced their retirements as they reach 80 years of age. I moved to Pictou County, Nova Scotia, from Montreal in 1966. By chance I wound up living a few doors […]

National anthem tradition vs progress

CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon topics for today included whether we should amend our national anthem’s “in all thy sons command,” to “in all of us command”. Several of those speaking against the proposal cited tradition as their reason. I think we certainly should. I think this is one of those discussions that is going to […]

Election ideas we won’t hear

With a provincial election pending on September 22, there is a great deal of discussion regarding New Brunswick’s frightening economic condition. I don’t think there is any silver bullet to reverse the international trend from country to city. However, I do see have some thoughts on how the Maritime economy might be improved.
1) isn’t it […]

Feminists versus femininity

Feminism versus femininity There is a current todo about a website, http://womenagainstfeminism.tumblr.com on which women post photos of themselves holding signs saying they are not feminists or don’t need feminism and listing reasons why. In my opinion this is just another wave in the continual misunderstanding of what feminism is. Much of it is deliberately […]

Anti-gay-marriage lawyers

The law society of New Brunswick is currently one of only four Canadian provincial societies that have decided to accredit applications for membership from graduates of Trinity Western University in British Columbia. TWU is an evangelical Christian school whose students sign a covenant to abstain from sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between […]

Respect for dead protectors

When the three Mounties, Constables Fabrice Georges Gévaudan, Douglas James Larche and Dave Joseph Ross were assassinated in Moncton, I was already immersed in strong feelings about how precious life is and how many lives it cost for us to have the society we do. The 70th anniversary of D-Day was a horrifying reminder of […]

Annie is four

April 10, 2014 She continues to amaze us all with her loving, cheerful, enthusiastic, eager, determined, musical, richly imaginative, intelligent charming personality. Her default mode is to get outside.When she enters a home, the energy level picks up like the sun rising. When she leaves, it feels quieter, darker and emptier. She has been the […]

Money’s freedom of speech

April 3, 2014 I am wrestling with the issue of unrestrained contributions to political campaigns and action committees in the U.S. On the one hand, I think freedom of speech should apply to people, not money. People with money should not have larger freedom of speech. On the other hand, I don’t have an easy […]

Apologizers and the proudly ignorant

There are two kinds of people who don’t use computers, the internet or social media. The first kind is, I think, wrong but doesn’t bother me. People in this group sound apologetic for not using computers or using email or social media. They are, for the most part, unfamiliar with the tools, search, email, photo […]

We could but we won’t

I watched a PBS NOVA program on the design and construction of the new World Trade Center One at Ground Zero in New York. It is hard to comprehend the brilliance of the design work, the scientific innovation and invention and the steely courage and competence of the trades people who made it stand. What […]

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