La Route des 20 (Radio-Canada)

May 2017

Something different for today (le 11 mai 2017), tout à fait.

I was interviewed by Patrick Masbourian, host of Radio-Canada’s radio program La Route des 20, concerning the history of Halifax and Nova Scotia. We spoke for about 20 minutes, five or six of which will likely be used when the program is broadcast Saturday evening.

La seule raison j’ai accepté cette invitation est de pratiquer mon français. Je ne trouve pas souvent l’opportunité d’utiliser la langue de Molière dans ma vie quotidienne.

Link to the program / Lien à l’émission :

Bravo la France!

May 2017

Bravo for having chosen to look outward, not inward, and for preferring reason and intelligence over dangerous emotions and dead-end sentiments.

Of course, it remains to be seen how the new President Macron will deliver. Nonetheless, in making its May 7 choice, France has shown it is looking toward the future and not retreating into the past.

Nova Scotia Election, 2017

May 2017

Nova Scotia election suggestion: when candidates come to your door, ask what their stands are regarding culture and heritage.

Nova Scotian writers, publishers, musicians, museums, libraries, film makers and others in the two sectors are invaluable to our province’s future. That’s because our culture and heritage help define our distinctive identity and give our young people a vital way forward.

Elections are a rare opportunity to have a say about how culture and heritage matter.

Vanguard @ NS Museum

April 2017

Earlier this week I was at a meeting with Nova Scotia Museum staff. The much-anticipated exhibit on a selection of about three dozen women and men of Nova Scotia since Confederation — entitled “Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians” —will open to the public on June 28. It will run until mid-to-late October.

Martin Hubley has located some terrific objects that relate to the people being highlighted, and some wonderful images. The exhibit design looks great, and the Museum has engaged artist Miro Davis to come up with an installation that will be in the space adjacent to the exhibit itself. Her installation will feature poignant lighting effects, a soundtrack and other elements.

I am delighted to have contributed research and words to the exhibit, and am looking forward to seeing the display come together for everyone to enjoy.

Changing O’ Canada

April 2017

It seems to me there is a simple way to update the old lyrics and make them more inclusive and grammatically correct.

What I suggest is that we change “True patriot love in all thy sons command” to “True patriot love in all of thy commands.”

That would retain the original character of the original lyrics but still achieve the desired change to not exclude anyone who is not a “son.”.

NS Museum Vanguard Exhibit

April 2017

The voting in the Nova Scotia Museum contest for Remarkable Nova Scotians since 1867 ended last week. I have seen the winners, but I’m afraid I cannot share that information. I’m sorry.

Those winners, plus the other individuals already chosen for each decade since the 1860s through to the 2010s will be revealed when the exhibit opens at the Museum in Halifax in time for July 1, 2017. That’s not too long to wait. In fact, it means the design and fabrication process have a lot to do in a short span.

I have been busy shortening the bios down to a reasonable length for an exhibit text. Meanwhile, the idea of having a book with the longer biographies of all 50 or so people considered is gaining momentum. I’ll post more news here when I have some.

For a look at the 300 to 400-word biographies that were up for public voting, please go to: