The Ivany commission on the "new economy" has written up what it heard on the road in an interim report. In so doing, it has cleared much underbrush and roughed out a path forward.
Ralph Surette is a veteran freelance journalist living in Yarmouth County.
For the first time in more than a generation, someone from Atlantic Canada has said "boo" to the federal government. With luck, this will be a much-needed spark for these provinces.
The pileup of cuts, scandals, ideologically driven "reforms" and assaults on democracy have little fires smouldering all over the Harper edifice, although the façade is still standing.
It's budget season everywhere, and it's all about debt and deficits and the elusive quest to balance the beast, which can only be done, it is said, by cutting services or raising taxes.
The triumphal Harper plan -- trash the public sector, and let the oilsands economy pick up the slack while transforming Canada into a right-wing energy superpower -- is on the skids.
The Nova Scotia NDP has got it only half-right and the prospects, according to the polls, are for minority government (of whatever party) and a return to political mayhem.
Let's get thinking more than we are about the hazards of the future. Not just about what we can do as Maritime provinces, but what the federal role is, or should be.
Open-pen salmon farming in Nova Scotia is barely set up, and already it's a disaster. The real failure is to have pushed a dirty, polluting version of salmon farming that is unsustainable.
Hydro-Quebec is thinking of intervening in the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board hearings on the Muskrat Falls/Maritime Link project.
Gun mayhem in the U.S. hit just in time to catch the Canadian gun lobby and the Harper government doing a little victory jig on gun de-control.