The Nova Scotia observer is Richard Starr, a former journalist, civil servant, political hack and seventh generation Nova Scotia. He is devoting his retirement to family, volunteer activities and writing about subjects that interest him and, he hopes, others. His most recent book “Equal as Citizens: the tumultuous and troubled history of a great Canadian idea” is about the history of equalization and the fiscal transfer system in Canada and came out in 2014. “Power Failure”, published in 2011, examined the politics of energy development in Nova Scotia.
“Equal as Citizens” has been nominated for the 2015 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. It can be ordered, along with “Power Failure” through Formac Publishing. http://www.formaclorimerbooks.ca/Book/2630/Equal-as-Citizens.html.