Podcasts

Special Ep #20: 'Why? Because I can' - Yvonne Atwell

Yvonne was the NDP MLA for the riding of Preston for just 18 months in the late 90s. Despite having a relatively short career in elected public office, she has plenty of reflections on her time as an MLA, and the state of politics in Nova Scotia.

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Off Script Ep #11: The job nobody wants to talk about

MLAs have a great deal of choice when it comes to the kind of work they focus on, but there is one job that nobody but the elected MLAs can do: the creation of law.

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Special Ep #19: Deep Democracy with Sera Thompson

Sera Thompson teaches and practices Deep Democracy, a psychology-based practise for resolving conflict among groups. In this special episode of the podcast, we share a conversation where she gives us a sample of what participants learn on one of her introductory courses. This fall at Springtide, Sera will be teaching...

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Off Script Ep #10: You're Hired; Responsibilities Negotiable

There are very few written rules that outline what is expected of MLAs once they take their jobs. But that doesn't mean that there aren't significant expectations placed on them once they take office.

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Off Script Ep #9: The 52nd Seat

There has never been a Mi’kmaq MLA in Nova Scotia, despite the fact that a seat has been reserved for one in the House of Assembly Act since the early 1990s. This week on Off Script, Sandra Hannebohm explores why.

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Special Ep #18: Coming up next... the 52nd Seat

This week, we explore some of the background for next week's episode, which explores the seat that has been reserved for Mi'kmaq people in the legislature, but has never been filled.

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Special Ep #17: Andrew Younger - Being an independent MLA in Nova Scotia

Andrew Younger recently gave a talk to the Rotary Club in Dartmouth on the realities of being an independent MLA and candidate. The talk was scheduled before he withdrew from the race to be the independent MLA for Dartmouth East for health and family reasons, but the talk was given...

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Off Script Ep #8: Ready, wiling and able

This week we explore the stories of the people who have run, and in some cases won, elected office as Nova Scotians living with disabilities.

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Special Ep #16: Basic election stuff we should all probably know about, but don't.

There is an election happening on May 30th. In this special episode, Mark explains why writ drops are different than mic drops, how continuous ballot collection can dampen the impact of changes in the polls mid-way through the campaign, and how we have a government with no MLAs.

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OffScript Podcast Ep #7: The white House

In the 259 years of responsible government in Nova Scotia there have been just five African Nova Scotian MLAs. This week, we speak to three former MLAs who each sat as the sole African Nova Scotians in the legislature during their time.

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