Author Archives: Richard Starr

About Richard Starr

RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in everything from Atlantic Insight to Atlantic Progress. A lifelong student of Maritime history, Starr is married to playwright and former MP Wendy Lill. They live in Dartmouth.

Politics of carbon pricing becoming farcical

(Note to readers of Nova Scotia Observer: This is my final post at this site. Future posts will be on my new blog http://www.starrspoint.com. Please check it out.) ****** Observing the controversy surrounding New Brunswick’s carbon-pricing plan announced late last … Continue reading

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Federal government jobs in Atlantic Canada still dropping

It appears the Atlantic Region – particularly Nova Scotia – is still experiencing a drop in federal employment. The Trudeau government recently released data on the “Population of the Federal Public Service by Geographic Region” to March 31, 2017. It … Continue reading

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Despite polls, Liberals whistle past economic graveyard

There were a couple of items of interest in the latest quarterly Corporate Research Associates (CRA) poll[1] on political preferences in Nova Scotia. First off was the piece making the headlines – the finding from polling carried out last month … Continue reading

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On the Auditor General, McNeil is half right

The ironic thing about the fuss over the Premier’s snarky attack on the provincial auditor general is that he has the right target but the wrong issue. Asked by reporters last Thursday to comment on the auditor’s deconstructing of the … Continue reading

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The Mayor’s speech and the missing facts

I couldn’t help but notice the headline across the top of page 6 in last Thursday’s Chronicle-Herald : “Halifax on the rise, says Savage.” Accompanied by a photo of the mayor himself, the story reported on Savage’s speech to a … Continue reading

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Feeling sorry for Alberta (and the rest of Canada)

Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason has a timely piece in Wednesday’s edition. Headlined “No one should feel sorry for Alberta” his commentary serves as a preemptive sortie again the emergence of Jason Kenney as the new leader of the … Continue reading

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McNeil tries to re-write history of bad health care deal

The fall session of the Nova Scotia legislature wrapped up Thursday – not with a whimper but a crack – as the government ignored opposition and expert advice and whipped through its flawed cyber bullying and adult capacity legislation. Those bills, … Continue reading

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