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September Update: Fall Workshops, New Podcast, and Old Podcast

Here is what's happening at Springtide this fall, and how you can participate.  In this email:  - Fall Workshops: Deep Democracy and Public Policy Traps- New Podcast: Govern Yourself Accordingly - Off Script Podcast: Summer Special Recap - Charter Challenge for Fair Voting Update

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July Update - Upcoming programs, charter challenge, and more!

This update was originally sent to the Springtide mailing list on July 25, 2017. To receive updates like this one in your email inbox, join the Springtide mailing list here.    In this update: - Springtide's new stripes - Summer listening - Charter Challenge for Fair Voting Update - Last chance to register: Your Brain...

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If you lost your cool, would you be blamed, charged or protected?

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.   By SANDRA HANNEBOHM In May of 2013 — four years ago this month — then-NDP MLA Percy Paris was arrested for assaulting Keith Colwell, a Liberal opposition MLA. The...

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Percy Paris and the pressures of being the only black MLA

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.   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 affairs, who was white,’...

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

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.   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 with you.' They're not...

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If you’re not an Archibald, where’s your sense of belonging at Province House?

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.   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 and seeing a plaque...

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The pitfalls of calling your MLA about the potholes

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald. 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 on micro-local constituency problems such...

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The reality of road fixing — and fixation — for MLAs

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.   By LOUISE COCKRAM "In the views of your constituents, that road is the most important thing in their lives. They don't care about what you're voting on — this...

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The MLA who paved the way for Christmas trees

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.   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 of ‘best-case scenario’ for the...

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In Nova Scotia, roads rule while other issues fail to get traction

This post was originally published at LocalXpress.ca, a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.   By MARK COFFIN If someone with no knowledge of Nova Scotia politics were to listen to the more than 75 hours of recorded interviews we have conducted with former...

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