Stephen Kimber is an award-winning Canadian journalist and the author of nine books, including a novel and eight works of nonfiction. He teaches journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, Canada.
This article originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on November 14, 2017.
Quick now. What has the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation (“a citizens’ advocacy group dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government”) had to say about all those revelations of tax-sucking, financial jiggery-pokery uncovered in the Paradise Papers?
Sorry. Time’s up.
Nothing. They’ve said nothing.
We’ll come back to that.
This column original appeared in the Halifax Examiner November 6, 2017.
Many years ago, probably after an election campaign he’d just lost that he believed he should have won, I interviewed then-Nova Scotia Liberal politician Gerald Regan. He was in a philosophical mood. “Victory and defeat,” he told me, paraphrasing a Rudyard Kipling poem, “are equal imposters. Sometimes you lose when you should win; sometimes you win when you should lose.”
Regan had lost but
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Meghan Tansey Whitton)
(This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on October 30, 2017.)
Should the vice president of the Dalhousie Student Union have faced even the whiff of disciplinary action from the university’s administration for a less than genteel Facebook exchange she had with some constituents?
The short answer is no.
The long answer is still no.
Let’s circle back for some context. On Jun
Lyle Howe (Jessica Durling, The Signal)
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on October 23, 2017.
“The Hearing Committee of the NOVA SCOTIA BARRISTERS’ SOCIETY gives notice of the disbarment of Lyle Howe of Halifax, Nova Scotia pursuant to Section 45(4)(a) of the Legal Profession Act, effective October 20, 2017 until further notice.”
In the end, the end was no surprise. The end was, in a sense, even perhaps inevitable. But, regardless
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner October 16, 2017.
“Professor Kimble’s comments seem to reinforce the recent CBC Marketplace show on fake credentials,” Gerry Anderson wrote on LinkedIn. He was among the unhappier readers responding to my recent column about the federal government’s modest tax reform proposals. “His comments show that he has not done any research nor has any real-world experience.”
Africville (Canadian Encyclopedia)
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on October 10, 2017.
On Sept. 25, the United Nations Human Rights Council discussed a report on Canada by its Working Group of Experts on Peoples of African Descent. The report, which shone its white-hot light on our country’s sordid history of slavery and racism in virtually every sphere of life — from education to justice to the environment — called on Ottawa to not only apologize for
Finance Minister Bill Morneau (CBC)
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on October 1, 2017.
What should you think when you suddenly find yourself squarely in the firing-squad crosshairs of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the business-boosting press, Doctors Nova Scotia, lawyers, retailers, restaurateurs, tax planners, even ad hockeries like the newly minted Nova Scotia Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairn
Cuba’s ambassador to the U.S., José Cabanas, speaks during end-the-blockade event in Washington. (Bill Hackwell)
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on September 25, 2017.
My wife and I recently spent a week in Washington, D.C., advocating for an end to the failed, 56-years-and-counting U.S. blockade of Cuba. We were with a group that included American, Canadian, and European activists, a renowned Cuban pediatric oncologist, a North Americ
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on September 18, 2017.
In last Wednesday’s “Morning File,” Tim Bousquet walked us through the most recent disappointing passenger counts from the still ongoing, seemingly never-ending bottomless money pit we call the Yarmouth-to-Portland ferry service.
(It’s worth noting that Tim got his numbers from that’s-public-information-you’re-entitled-to-know-so-here-you-go Portland, Maine officials and not
This column first appeared in the Halifax Examiner on September 11, 2017.
The question was straightforward. Would the replacement workers who’d taken their jobs for the previous 19 months continue to work in the newsroom, the Chronicle Herald reporter wanted to know?
There was a long silence. “Yes,” Mark Lever responded finally.
Later, another reporter pressed the newspaper’s CEO. “All of them?”
“All of them.”
It was only their secon