Ralph Surette

Columnists
Nov 9, 2009

Registry: Bureaucracy gone bad?

The bill to kill the national gun registry has gone to committee before it emerges for the final reading. With extreme luck, they might even make it the lean thing it should have been to begin with.
Columnists
Nov 2, 2009

Developing coastal policy in Nova Scotia

An elaborate "state of the coast" report is ready to go to cabinet in Nova Scotia, with the end result being a new coastal strategy. Some, however, worry that the whole thing is still in drift mode.
Columnists
Oct 26, 2009

NDP still winning in Nova Scotia

This week's byelection results are another signal of how deeply things have changed in Nova Scotia. Not only is the NDP still gaining, but this would have been nearly unthinkable a short while ago.
Columnists
Oct 12, 2009

Reviewing energy policy in Nova Scotia

The first test of an energy policy for the new age is not "alternative energy" at all -- but rather conservation first, then energy efficiency and decentralization of the power structure.
Columnists
Sep 14, 2009

Local food is a future necessity

The industrial agriculture that has fed increasing numbers of people for 60 years, thanks to more and more chemical fertilizers and advances in technology, is hitting several brick walls.
Columnists
Sep 7, 2009

Liberals make the right move

Grumbling to the contrary, Michael Ignatieff has done the right thing -- or at the very least, the necessary thing -- by threatening to pull the plug on the Conservative minority government.
Columnists
Aug 17, 2009

Youth crime and flawed statistics

I accuse the criminology profession and the whole "liberal" side of the argument of stifling a proper debate on youth crime, in particular, by swallowing flawed statistics.
Columnists
Aug 12, 2009

Nova Scotia measures economic reality

How we count things up says a great deal about us. The GDP is like a household that counts only its income and ignores expenses, debts, what the kids need and myriad other things.

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