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Stephen Kimber's Blog

Stephen Kimber is is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of one novel and nine books of nonfiction, including the best-selling [i]Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash[/i] and [i]Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War[/i]. He teaches creative non-fiction at the University of King’s College in Halifax where he has served as Director of the School of Journalism on three occasions. His latest book, [i]What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five[/i] is published by
Fernwood Publishing. He is currently a weekly columnist with [i]Halifax Metro,[/i] senior features writer for [i]The Coast[/i] and a contributing editor for [i]Atlantic Business Magazine.[/i]

Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog October 26
Photo via Lindell Smith campaign website
Stephen Kimber | First, of course, there is the symbolism. Lindell Smith is Halifax's first Black city councillor since 2000. But not just.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog October 19
Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM/flickr
Stephen Kimber | With this year's municipal elections history, the question becomes: what should our new-old council do first?
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog October 12
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Stephen Kimber | It will come as a surprise to no one -- least of all to Lil herself -- when I predict Lil MacPherson will not be mayor of Halifax after all the votes are counted. So why then did she even bother?
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog October 5
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Stephen Kimber | Whatever your position on development, you need to ask those who seek to represent you their views on development generally, and projects specifically planned for your district.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog September 28
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Stephen Kimber | It goes without saying the Tilt-a-Whirl that is Halifax city council has too long tilted toward men, who traditionally also happen to be white, middle-aged and middle class.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog September 7
Photo: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador/flickr
Stephen Kimber | Could the answer to the pressing-to-pundits question -- why hasn't Stephen McNeil called the much-anticipated-by-pundits fall provincial general election? -- be... "Halifax Needham."
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog August 31
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Stephen Kimber | If you'd like an object lesson in how not to conduct corporate public relations, consider how Sobeys, the second-largest supermarket chain in the country, bungled a racial-profiling case.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog August 24
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Stephen Kimber | Dalhousie University is ponying up $300,000 USD to cover the cost for nine of the province's best and brightest (and richest) to attend an "entrepreneurship acceleration program" at MIT. Why?
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog August 17
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Stephen Kimber | As a new ferry sails through the same passenger-challenged, money-losing storm en route to the same subsidized disaster, should the premier still be unconditionally committed to it?
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog August 10
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Stephen Kimber | The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is pondering appealing July's Nova Scotia Court of Appeals decision green-lighting graduates of Trinity Western University Law School to ply their trade in N.S.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog August 3
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Stephen Kimber | Last week, Halifax police outlined what women who take cabs "can do for their own personal safety."
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog July 27
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Stephen Kimber | Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan doesn't want you to jump to conclusions. Unfortunately for him, Portland, Maine requires the Yarmouth-Portland ferry operator to submit a monthly accounting.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog July 20
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Stephen Kimber | It's hard not to suspect there is more at play in Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan's insistence there's been no decision on whether to charge how much in tolls and/or how to finance it all.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog July 13
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Stephen Kimber | Bobby Smith, majority owner of the Halifax Mooseheads, wasn't available to talk about government changes to labour laws exempting his team from paying its players minimum wage.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog July 6
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Stephen Kimber | Halifax's 2006 Regional Strategy designated an untamed swath of land between the Bayers Lake Industrial Park and Hammonds Plains as a public wilderness park. What happened?
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog June 29
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Stephen Kimber | P3 shell-game deals, which don't show up as government debt, are "typically used to conceal government expenditures and provide guaranteed long-term profits for contractors."
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog June 22
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Stephen Kimber | On Friday in a landmark decision, a seven-member civil jury awarded Halifax cardiologist Gabrielle Horne $1.4 million in damages, her legal fees and acknowledgement she had been wronged.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog June 8
Stephen Kimber | If you want to understand the un-understandable appeal of Donald Trump, you could do worse than begin with Stephen McNeil. Now stay with me...
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog May 25
Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM/flickr
Stephen Kimber | Perhaps the most intriguing news from Nova Scotia's Province House this spring has been the tentative flowering -- finally -- of a real opposition to the McNeil government.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog May 18
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Stephen Kimber | If it's become acceptable for developers to apply to bend municipal planning strategy, should it not be just as possible for ordinary citizens to seek similar exceptions in the public interest?
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog May 11
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Stephen Kimber | One week ago, a wildfire began wreaking nature's havoc on Fort McMurray, Canada's quintessential frontier town. The response from across the country was massive and instantaneous.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog May 3
Once Africville, now Seaview dog park. Photo: Spacing Magazine/flickr
Stephen Kimber | We like to believe the bad old days are now historic artifacts to be mea culpa-ed during African Nova Scotia Month each year. The reality is we have never fully escaped our history.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog April 27
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Stephen Kimber | It is past time for authorities to figure out new, better ways to handle professional disputes -- for the sake of the doctors involved, and for the health of us all.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog April 20
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Stephen Kimber | Chronicle Herald publisher Sarah Dennis was contrite. Under the headline, "We Have Listened And Will Learn From This," she wrote about her newspaper's mishandling of a now infamously viral story.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog April 13
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Stephen Kimber | To hear him spin it, you'd think Stephen McNeil lived inside the fantasy bubble of film and television instead of outside, systematically decimating the real-world industry that creates screen magic.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog April 6
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Stephen Kimber | Nova Scotia has agreed to pony up $32.7 million over the next two years for two years' guaranteed use of a failed high-speed Hawaiian ferry-turned-U.S.-navy-surplus. Why?
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog March 29
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Stephen Kimber | In our legal system, the crown must prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" someone committed a crime. Defendants don't have to prove they're innocent.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog March 23
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Stephen Kimber | The larger tragedy in the human tragedy of Cody Glode's death is how poorly our health system responds to mental illness.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog March 22
Photo: PROIIP Photo Archive/flickr
Stephen Kimber, John Kirk | During President Obama's historic visit to Cuba this week, Americans need to at least consider the perspective from the Cuban side of the Florida Straits divide.
Blog - Stephen Kimber's Blog March 15
Photo: Boris Kasimov/flickr
Stephen Kimber | How do you fairly determine how much elected officials should be paid? The short answer -- as evidenced by last week's emotional, confrontational three-hour city council debate -- is you can't.

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