Vanguard Exhibit Opens

July 2017

The exhibit entitled “Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians” opened at the Nova Scotia Museum (1740 Summer Street in Halifax, NS) on June 28. Its last day will be October 15, 2017. The exhibit is, in my view, an antidote to some of what is going on in the world. It shows that remarkable things can be achieved by women and men who have good values and ideas who are willing to persevere to see them through, regardless of any barriers. Maybe, just maybe, there is greatness in all of us. That is the power of the examples set by these remarkable Nova Scotians during the past century and a half.

I am delighted with the look of the exhibit I researched and wrote, and I am totally impressed by the installation Artist-in-Residence Miro Davis created to go along with the exhibit.
Here are a few photos of the installation that was underway early in the day on June 28.

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.”.