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Lost in Translation

As many of you know, I spent about 10 years in the Civil Service in Nova Scotia, and during that time I had occasion to meet a wide variety of individuals who advocated on behalf of an equally wide range of causes. One of the things that always struck me about my interactions with some […]

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The Role of Governance, or Nobody Here but Us Boneless Chickens

What I’m about to say may seem self-evident or even silly, but is more important than many people and organizations realize: never underestimate the power of effective policies and governance. I am currently engaged with an incredibly talented and intelligent group of experts who have been charged with creating an online educational program for first […]

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A Reflection on Culture

Recently, while watching Casablanca for what must be the 4,538th time, I had occasion to start pondering the connection between the availability of culture and how that has affected society in general. I remember an occasion in the 1980s when my parents, returning from a trip to New York to our home in rural Cape […]

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