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Eddie Cornwallis

The thrill of victory & the agony of defeat

(Or how I learned to stop worrying & enjoy the Commonwealth Games)

Guy Pothier

The circle of life for Halifax buildings

Robert MacNeil, co-founder with Jim Lehrer of the PBS Newshour, is probably the most prominent journalist to come from Halifax.

Frank Cameron

Desperately seeking Evangeline

Frank and Chris’s Excellent Road Trip through Nova Scotia kicked off on the Eastern Shore. Now, we’re on to the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

Frank Covers

11
Aug
Why does Shania Twain hate Nova Scotia?

Why does Shania Twain hate Nova Scotia?

Uber-Mega-Superstar Shania Twain must really have a hate on for Nova Scotia. I mean it’s obvious. Call me paranoid if you want, but figure this one out. Don’t be stupid.

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28
Jul
The Supreme Court judge’s dad and The Boys in the Band

The Supreme Court judge’s dad and The Boys in the Band

December 25, 1977 — what was to be a green, and rather wet, Christmas in Inverness County — was barely an hour old.  
Parishioners were filing out of midnight Mass at St. Margaret’s on West Bay Road to the strains of the final hymn —the Battle Hymn of the Republic, no less —when the organist abruptly stopped. An unsettling thud was heard by those still inside the church.

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14
Jul
Schmoozing with Nate

Schmoozing with Nate

A fellah never knows what, or who, he going to run into on Halifax’s Grafton Street the morning after bouncers at the downtown bars have kicked the last patron in the face with their army boots.
Yep, 10 a.m. sure pales in comparison with 10 p.m. But all for the better, mind you.

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Cape Breton Chit Chat

Dion, tabbacky goobers & the locals

Further to my piece last time out regarding Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and the difficulty he recently experienced in Inverness, an eyewitness to the incident says the $6.5 million/per defenceman was pretty much being a total dick prior to police being called to a bar at the Cabot Links Golf Resor

So who owns the Crown Jewel Resort?

Baddeck businessman Nahman Korem has apparently — somehow — bought back his failed Crown Jewel Resort, news that’s quite interesting for a couple of reasons.

Media Madness

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Good Ship Herald

Ever the optimist, I suspect, in the fullness of time, I will hear back from Glace Bay-born and raised Mark Lever, President & CEO, Halifax Chronicle Herald.

A man & his dog...

In a dog eat dog world, it’s sometimes v. difficult to keep track of time. Each little event seems like a dog’s age ago.

Frank Letters

Frank makes a splash

Dear Frank: Re: Denyse’s Dog Days of Summer, Frank 695, by Cliff Boutilier
The whole thing is hilarious. So funny. Should I send Yogi out of town til the dust settles around his new-found fame?
Sorry I couldn’t have offered you something of more substance (LOL).

Sonny days

Dear Frank: Re: An insider’s Notes on the CRDA System, by Mike Gorman, Frank 695.
You mention in this piece about how certain provincial government bureaucrats, including Wilfred “Sonny” Alexander, ignored internal complaints about former CRDA boss Rhonda Kelly.

Urban Undulations

What’s in a name, anyway?

For obvious reasons, there’s a new spokesthingy for the Justice for Lyle Howe Facebook group.

Gloria McCluskey’s Left Foot

The indestructable Gloria McCluskey, a Great Depression era baby and the last mayor Dartmouth ever had, just keeps on ticking, and ticking, and ticking....
She’s a hard nut to knock off her feet.

Speaker's Corner

Inside N.S.'s bloated civil service

It is difficult to pore over the province’s decrepit finances, detail by detail, line by line, without coming away with a new appreciation for the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Is that a piece of heavy equipment in your pocket, or just your big, fat pay packet?

Just before I went to press, N.S. Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal spokesthingy Pamela Menchenton confirmed to me that Wayne Veinot, an equipment operator with the dept., pulled down $182,090.98 last fiscal year.

Wanker of the Week

Why does Shania Twain hate Nova Scotia?

Uber-Mega-Superstar Shania Twain must really have a hate on for Nova Scotia. I mean it’s obvious. Call me paranoid if you want, but figure this one out. Don’t be stupid.

N.S. Liberal excuses

In their rush to ensure they had a Yarmouth ferry deal to present to voters going to the polls last fall, the previous NDP government struck a preliminary deal with ferry operator STM Quest to re-start ferry service between Nova Scotia and Maine the following spring.

Law & Disorder

Shades of Abu Ghraib in Pictou County

According to a trusted source, there is a video in the possession of Stellarton Police Constable Chris Pond that might just end up causing him a lot of trouble. It’s not a sex tape, but he probably wishes it was.

Dion, tabbacky goobers & the locals

Further to my piece last time out regarding Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and the difficulty he recently experienced in Inverness, an eyewitness to the incident says the $6.5 million/per defenceman was pretty much being a total dick prior to police being called to a bar at the Cabot Links Golf Resor

Let Them Swill Cake

Teacher's paypacks at Millwood High

Millwood High School
(36 teachers/609 students)

Morrison, Joseph (Principal)    $96,128
Burton, Catharine (VP)    $86,791
Broomhead, Leslie (VP)    $86,650
Frost, Grant    $85,044
Devitt, Brenda    $82,745
Boisoli, Amanda    $81,198

Teachers’ paypacks at Prince Andrew High

Prince Andrew High School
(47 teachers; 984 students)
MacKinnon, Gregory (Prin.)    $101,485
Amaral, Lee Anne (VP)    $92,411
Abidi, Soheal (VP)    $86,561
Roberts-Regan, Debra    $84,331
Stewart, John    $81,694

Frankland Reports

Valley of Fear / South Shore

Girls Gone Wild, Kings County style

And the Buckeye Newshawk Award goes to... the deserving staff of the Kings County Register, whose excited Acadian Axewomen gained the Transcontinental-owned press a nomination for the Best Canadian Front Pages competition.

Northern N.S. News

Shades of Abu Ghraib in Pictou County

According to a trusted source, there is a video in the possession of Stellarton Police Constable Chris Pond that might just end up causing him a lot of trouble. It’s not a sex tape, but he probably wishes it was.