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21
Aug
Second thoughts...

Second thoughts...

L’esprit de l’escalier is one of my favourite French expressions. It means thinking up a killer or knockout response to an argument only after you have left the encounter where the argument took place. I sometimes experience this after leaving stimulating discussions among the wits at my two principal clubs in Halifax: the Officers’ Mess at RA Park and the Resolutes on Inglis Street.

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07
Aug
Words as tools, words as weapons

Words as tools, words as weapons

The 20th century became the first age of mass advertising and propaganda.

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24
Jul
Do we really know our American neighbours?

Do we really know our American neighbours?

A century ago, John Bartlett Brebner wrote what was probably the first history of Canadian-American relations. He made what may still be the most insightful observation yet about attitudes of the two nations towards one another: Canadians are malevolently aware of the U.S., while Americans are benignly ignorant of Canada.

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10
Jul
Trudeau & Trump more alike than you might think

Trudeau & Trump more alike than you might think

Several months ago, Don Connolly, host-for-life of CBC Halifax’s Information Morning, sensed he was verging on lese majeste when he suggested that Justin Trudeau and The Donald might have more in common than the former’s Liberal supporters were prepared to acknowledge. At first thought, this might sound counterintuitive.

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27
Jun
More architectural iconaclasm at Saint Mary’s

More architectural iconaclasm at Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s University is my alma mater. That does not make me a gung ho or tribal alumnus. I do have enough respect for the place to refuse to use or say the initials SMU.
My direct associations with Saint Mary’s go back to the late ’50s and ’60s, when the McNally Building comprised the entire university.

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