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.
At this moment — when real journalism is often dismissed as fake news and alternate-reality U.S. president Donald Trump is decimating American public broadcasting in his new budget— there is some comfort living in Canada where our recently refinanced and reinvigorated public broadcaster is not only publishing real news but is also affecting the public conversation.
Consider the CBC’s still-ongoing “Go Public” series on the many and nefarious ways in which Canada’s big banks have routi
Lest we forget the last four years…
(This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner March 13, 2017)
I got a call the other evening from an earnest young telemarketer person, urging me to pony up cash so the New Democratic Party could wage glorious, seat-re-gaining war in the coming provincial election, which he suggested — with even greater earnestness and urgency — the party is expecting to be called “any day now, a month at the outside.”
The reality, of cour
(Originally published in the Halifax Examiner, March 6, 2017.)
When I was a young CBC reporter back in the 1970s, I got a tip from a source inside the department of health the RCMP was investigating a Shubenacadie doctor named Ross McInnis for MSI fraud. I didn’t realize it at first, but I would later discover it was the first health care fraud investigation ever initiated by RCMP officers directly rather than as the result of a routine audit of a doctor’s billing records.
(Toronto Sun) PART II: The un-making of Lyle Howe
“I have gained some valuable wisdom from this matter, and all young men should benefit from the things I have learned without going through what I have gone through. Being innocent isn’t enough. Having legal education and a good lawyer is sometimes not enough.”
Lyle Howe Post to Black Nova Scotian News Facebook page June 2, 2014
“Black guy from the inner city of Halifax overcomes a lot of odds, grows u
Laura McCarthy tries to recall the “worst day.” It isn’t easy. “They were all extremely difficult, all very personal,” she tells me. She finally settles on the day her husband Lyle was formally charged with sexual assault in the fall of November 2011. “That,” she understates, “was a difficult day. I’d never wish any of that on anyone else.”
But there have been plenty of difficult days in the five years since.
She was still in law school when the police charged Lyle. She rememb
Lyle Howe (Jessica Durling, The Signal) PART I: The Making of Lyle Howe
“High school taught me what to think. Philosophy taught me how to think. Law school will teach me why all this thinking is necessary.”
Lyle Howe Dalhousie University “Discover the Unexpected” marketing campaign 2006
“The Complaints Investigation Committee of the NOVA SCOTIA BARRISTERS’ SOCIETY gives notice that the practising certificate of Lyle
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner February 27, 2017.)
If you’re looking for a flashing-neon-sign example of how Byzantine, bizarre and just plain nonsensical our province’s education bureaucracy can be, you might begin by considering last Wednesday’s non-decision by the South Shore Regional School Board not to revisit its carefully nuanced 2013 plan to close two small rural elementary schools in Lunenburg county.
First, a li
(Originally published in the Halifax Examiner February 21, 2017)
If you missed it, I’m sure you weren’t alone.
Let us first recall The Week that now, thankfully, was.
First, of course, there was the emergency session of the legislature scheduled for last Monday night, but which was delayed a day by Snowmageddon #1.
Our premier apparently needed not only a weatherman, but also the entire expertise of the Emergency Management Organization, the Transportation
Sean Casey, 16, rallied with his fellow Citadel students on Friday, December 2, to support their teachers.
This column originally appeared in the Halifax Examiner on February 13, 2017.
Premier Stephen McNeil had plenty of potential (Hobson’s) choices he could have chosen while he filled his weekend with “considerable soul searching.”
How should the premier have responded after Nova Scotia’s 9,300 teachers said no thanks, no thanks and no thanks
Ten titles deserved the Reader’s Award that the Cuban Book Institute convenes. Awarded this time to the volumes with the highest commercial circulation between January 2016 and 2017, the award distinguished those whose sales exceeded 70% of its circulation.
They are available to the reading public in the Great Bookstore of the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, home of the 26th International Book Fair until February 19th. And then at book fairs of the 15 provincial capitals acro