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What you need to know about COVID-19: August 7, 2020
LETTER: Don’t forget international students
GWYNNE DYER: Predicting an 'October Surprise’
RUSSELL WANGERSKY: Flicked back to the past on a moment’s notice
BOB WAKEHAM: The conversation might have gone like this…
LETTER: Peer review before press — it just makes sense
LETTER: Not all sanitizing products are safe
ALEX WHALEN & FRED McMAHON: Overly generous benefits might imperil EI
ALEX WHALEN & FRED McMAHON The spike in unemployment across Canada due to the COVID pandemic has triggered changes in the employment insurance EI program. When unemployment grows in any of the country’s 62 EI regions, EI ...
JOHN DeMONT: 'Absolute authenticity' hallmark of Nova Scotia's departing premier
The first time I saw Stephen McNeil on the campaign trail was in 2013 as he and his Liberals were cruising into power. The Liberal leader was in a buoyant mood, I recall, going door to door in Halifax’s north end. I don’t know if ...
JIM VIBERT: McNeil’s departure brings the end of tough love
Nova Scotians will have to learn to live without tough love. Premier Stephen McNeil’s announcement Thursday caught everyone by surprise. It shocked many political observers, who had heard him say more than once that he’d be leading ...
EDITORIAL: Campus conundrums abound in COVID-19 era
It was March when the widespread effects of the coronavirus abruptly shut Atlantic Canadian campuses, and questions still linger five months later about what universities’ diverse COVID-19 plans mean for students and the communities that house ...
JOHN DeMONT: A call for engagement in Nova Scotia municipal elections
When Jack Novack, whom I’ve written about before in this space, told me that the voter turnout in municipal elections in this province is abysmal, I decided to check the numbers. Naturally, the Dalhousie University professor, who ...
JIM VIBERT: NSGEU's Northwood report offers insight into failures, secrecy
A report released this week on the COVID-19 outbreak that killed 53 residents at Halifax’s Northwood nursing home is probably as close as Nova Scotians will come to finding out what went so terribly wrong. The litany of failure exposed ...
LETTER: A dangerous stretch of road
Residents and pedestrians using the “residential” stretch of road from Colonial Garage to the Village Shopping Centre should be extremely careful when using the crosswalks or accessing the street from their driveways. I’ve ...
EDITORIAL: Pro sports high stakes and gambles
There are bubbles and then there are train wrecks. Watching the return of North American pro sports this summer on the tube, laptop, iPhone or whatever device has offered a glimpse of both. Let’s start with Major League Baseball, the most ...
JOHN DeMONT: Even during the pandemic, you can find magic on Halifax streets
My contrarian nature — the thing that, in commercial ventures, makes me buy high and sell low — ensures that I find pleasure in the city when most everyone else deserts it. I like Halifax in the dog days of August, when school is ...
EDITORIAL: Are you up for the COVID contact-tracing app?
Canada’s contact-tracing app is up and running in Ontario, and the Atlantic region is next in line for a rollout. That’s what the prime minister said Friday as he encouraged Canadians to download the free app, which tracks ...