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How to find political power in Nova Scotia if you’re not...

By SANDRA HANNEBOHM I’m a young mixed-race woman, raised by a single, immigrant mother. Statistically, the chances of me (or her) walking into the legislature...

If you lost your cool at Province House, would you be...

By SANDRA HANNEBOHM In May of 2013 — four years ago this month — then-NDP MLA Percy Paris was arrested for assaulting Keith Colwell, a...

Percy Paris and the pressures of being the only black MLA...

By SANDRA HANNEBOHM ‘Here I was, the only African-Nova Scotian in the House and I’d be asking questions to the minister of African Nova Scotian...

Wayne Adams’ term in the white House took strange turns at...

By MARK COFFIN and SANDRA HANNEBOHM “I remember being told by a former MLA, ‘When you get elected, Adams, you'll notice that all your enemies are...

The pitfalls of calling your MLA about the potholes

By LOUISE COCKRAM In the same way that trivial calls to 911 might hinder help to people in dire emergencies, calls to MLAs that focus...

The MLA who paved the way for Christmas trees

By MARK COFFIN Pam Birdsall’s story wasn’t the typical ‘vote for my party and I’ll pave your road’ kind of tale. It falls in the category...

Political teamwork translates into speaking up privately

 By MARK COFFIN with LOUISE COCKRAM “Close the door.” Depending on who says those words, they can invoke feelings of fear or excitement. If it’s the supervisor you...

It’s tough to break political parties’ stranglehold on democracy in Nova...

By MARK COFFIN The reasons an MLA ends up as an independent are generally not the same as the reasons we romanticize independence. The career...

Maverick MLAs walk tightrope between party loyalty, conscience

By MARK COFFIN Howard Epstein has never been known as someone who keeps his cards close to his chest. The former MLA served the district...

In din of politics, constituency concerns are loudest cry

 By MARK COFFIN with LOUISE COCKRAM The period just after first being elected is one of the most important times in an MLA’s career. It’s when MLAs decide...