My Take with Sheldon MacLeod

My Take with Sheldon MacLeod

Putting today's news in context. Sometimes we can describe what we see, but we don't really know what we're looking at. Sheldon MacLeod uses his 25 years of journalism experience to give balance and perspective to what's in the headlines and to help us ask the questions necessary to know what we're seeing

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May 27, 2022 3 min
A civil defamation lawsuit is intended to protect or restore a person's reputation. In the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case, it's led to a lot of media attention but not much enlightenment on the issue of intimate spousal violence. Meanwhile in Nova Scotia, Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh has filed a defamation counterclaim in response to a civil suit. Six men are suing him for allegedly sexually assaulting them in the 1970's ...
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Another crisis of integrity at the Mass Casualty Commission this week. The trauma informed decision regarding two key RCMP witnesses is causing trauma to those most affected - the families of the victims.
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There are people with a real talent when it comes to presenting a position and arguing it well. And Paul Schneidereit recently wrote something that prompted a letter to the editor that was not well received by some. And that inspired me today.
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May 24, 2022 3 min
I can't imagine paying 17 percent for a 30-year mortgage. I also can't imagine getting 10 percent interest on a savings account. But these are things from my childhood that I'm thinking about with the discussion about rising interest rates and inflation being at a 30 year high.
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May 20, 2022 3 min
With 24 more COVID-19 deaths last week, Nova Scotia has reported 88 fatalities in the past month. It would seem that "living with COVID" and updating the numbers once a week has lulled us into thinking the danger has passed.
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May 19, 2022 3 min
Gas guru, the late George Murphy, used to call it rocketing up and feathering down. The price at the pumps has been on a roller coaster ride lately, and I have a feeling we'll all have stories of "I remember when" in the not too distant future.
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May 18, 2022 3 min
Communications people, especially in law enforcement, can be both the messenger and gate keeper of information. And there is a particular document from the Mass Casualty Commission that gives a perfect example of this.
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Even though most of Canada would like to see an end to the Constitutional Monarchy, it's hard to have that debate when there are other things on our minds.
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May 16, 2022 3 min
It's human nature to be drawn to horrific events and tragedies. Whether it's a shooting at a grocery store in the US, or the mass casualty in Nova Scotia.
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May 13, 2022 3 min
There are a lot of us who are frustrated by the high price at the gas pumps these days. How is it affecting you?
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May 12, 2022 3 min
Before I used that free program to change my profile picture into a painting, I googled it. And what I learned was NOT a huge surprise.
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May 11, 2022 3 min
David Myles has a lyric that says "I'm getting older, but I'm not old yet." I'm starting to think, I'm fine with embracing both after seeing ZZ Top and Cheap Trick.
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May 10, 2022 3 min
If you are commuting again into the office, you've probably noticed the hit to the wallet from high gas prices. It's not hard to see who's gaining from it, but it's less clear on what to do about it.
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May 9, 2022 3 min
I remember there were a lot of young men my age who were envious of the people who got good paying jobs at Westray. And now , even though it's been 30 years since the tragedy, there are people like Vernon Theriault who will never stop fighting for work place safety.
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In the 300th episode of My Take, we take a look at the policy reversal by Premier Tim Houston on the non-resident tax. And the comment that he wished he could make all future decisions with benefit of hindsight.
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May 5, 2022 3 min
Why is 'my body my choice' considered a legitimate defence for vaccine hesitant, anti-maskers when a similar option could be denied for women seeking abortions in the United States? And what does this mean for Canada?
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May 4, 2022 3 min
Halifax Regional Council spent hours discussing a staff report on how they should address Homelessness and Encampments on HRM property. A proposal to allow overnight camping at 16 municipal parks has been sent back for more study. Meantime, there are calls for people to pitch tents on provincial property since many feel it's a Provincial issue. And it's seems like they're kicking the can down the road again.
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Housing prices in Nova Scotia are up by close to 40 percent in just the last year putting them out of reach for many first time buyers. A group opposing the province's non-resident property tax are starting an organized campaign to fight it. But it's hard for some Nova Scotians to have much sympathy for them.
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May 2, 2022 3 min
Have you ever marched in a protest? Have you ever wondered what power one person has to make a difference and change the world around them? I have and there are some real world examples of it happening in our own communities.
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April 29, 2022 3 min
It's a change to a policy that's been called discriminatory for years. Soon, all potential donors will be asked very specific screening questions about their sexual activity. Not just gay men anymore.
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