Reimagining democracy: The best of both ballots

Updated at 08:06 - Our first-past-the-post voting system generates unfair results. Most candidates are elected with less than a majority of support in their ridings, and most majority governments do not have the support of a majority of voters..

From dance academy to national ballet

Updated at 08:02 - AMHERST – The Atlantic Dance Academy will be short one of its strongest dancers this year, but it’s a success story worth sharing.

Blueberry growers being squeezed

Updated on September 03, 2015 - FORT LAWRENCE – Blueberry yields are bigger than average this season but blueberry prices have pushed some farmers, especially...



Deadly blaze in downtown Charlottetown

Updated on August 09, 2015 - CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Firefighters are still investigating the cause of a dramatic fire in a downtown Charlottetown apartment...

Back from the Beckwith Bash

Updated on August 17, 2015 - Another Beckwith Bash is in the books and it would be no stretch of the imagination if it was said it was held on one of the best...



Ward to put triathlon talent to the test

Updated at 09:47 - AMHERST – When Sean Ward attended his first world triathlon last year he wanted to use it as stepping stone, measuring his skills against the best from around the globe..

Blues training camp continues Friday

Updated on September 03, 2015 - SPRINGHILL – The Cumberland County Blues opened their training camp Thursday night, and camp continues Friday at 7 p.m., and...



Compost can be used in the fall too!

Updated at 09:10 - By this time of the year I bet you are enjoying fresh vegetables from your vegetable garden and beautiful flowers in your flowerbeds from all the work you put in back in the spring. Spring is an excellent time of year for compost use but should not be....

The continental barrel rollers

Updated at 08:39 - It wasn’t enough for Horace Negus of Amherst to survive the terror of the Western Front in the Great War and to rest on his...

Be aware of ATM fraud

Updated at 08:46 - People nowadays are using automatic teller machines (ATMs) and point of sale terminals (debit machines) more than ever, and our...

The not so smart business decision

Updated at 08:36 - I will be the first to admit that I am not a genius when it comes to understanding the economy. I do know that Bell Aliant. This...





Amherst could face tough decisions

Updated at 08:25 - A lot of people are reading a lot of things into a report on Amherst’s long-term viability. Since the financial viability review was completed earlier this week there have been more than a few people pointing a finger at its elected officials when in....

Weak links in the supply chain

Updated at 08:24 - When I was a kid in Halifax and the wind was just right, some mornings, I’d get a tang of the Dartmouth oil refinery. Not all the...

Far more than an inconvenience

Updated on September 02, 2015 - As gas supplies quickly ran dry over the weekend, the provincial government hastened to say it had nothing to do with regulation....

Hail to the Chief

Updated on September 02, 2015 - For months, he called me Wendel because he couldn’t be bothered to remember my first name. He insisted that “Wendel Wangersky”...



FASD Awareness Day is Sept. 9

Updated at 09:06 - On September 9th at 9:09 a.m. the local FASD Committee will ring the bells at the First Baptist Church in downtown Amherst. These bells join others around the world in observance of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Awareness Day. The ninth day....

LGBTQ parents as foster families

Updated at 08:54 - The recent announcement by the Nova Scotia Government urging LGBTQ families to be foster families is a great attempt to involve...