Urban Compass by Paul McLeod

Approved or not, atheist ads are achieving their goal

Atheism ads should be allowed on buses. Just not Halifax buses.Proving once again humanity’s love of getting upset for pointless reasons, the atheist ads have been causing controversy across the globe.They read, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”Seems harmless, but it...

Friday, February 6, 2009, 11:01 AM

Plenty of political drama over MacDonald’s new podium

The thought of Premier Rodney MacDonald and the press corps breaking into a spat over a podium seems hilarious at first.But it makes more sense when you think about Stephen Harper’s recent visit. Harper had a “press conference” in the loosest sense of the term. Though all the major media outlets in...

Friday, January 30, 2009, 6:01 AM

Halifax Regional Municipality, it’s time to make a name change

If you’ve ever travelled, been asked where you’re from, and answered “I’m from Halifax,” then you are a liar.Like Santa Claus and Stephen Harper’s soul, “Halifax” does not exist. Instead we live in the 12-syllabled linguistic atrocity known as Halifax Regional Municipality.The moniker was initially...

Friday, January 23, 2009, 9:18 PM

City hall can take a page from Rainmen

Not only are they taller, but it seems the Halifax Rainmen run a tighter ship than city hall.The Rainmen shocked fans by suspending star player Eric Crookshank for the season. Crookshank had spoken out about being benched and it seems to have led to some spat behind the scenes that ended in him...

Friday, January 16, 2009, 9:15 PM

An open letter to Rodney MacDonald

Dear Rodney, Happy New Year.I write to you with important news. According to an Acadia study, there are little to no health benefits to all-terrain vehicles.In other news, dishwashers are not an effective form of birth control and sandwiches don’t stop global warming.I know, it seems a bit silly,...

Friday, January 2, 2009, 9:12 PM

A little accountability worth council’s time

A lot of people think regional council is a joke because they spend too much time debating cats and chickens. That’s unfair. There are much, much better reasons to think council is a joke. Here’s a pop quiz: A council meeting is cancelled and the next week the agenda is swamped with items. Do you:...

Friday, December 12, 2008, 9:10 PM

Forget about Diddy’s Vote or Die, think Dartmouth High’s voter education

Imagine Snoop Dogg as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Strange things happen when 16-year-olds vote. Word on the street is our democracy is in shambles. At this pace, the voter turnout rate in 2020 will be four people. So some, like the provincial Liberals, are musing about lowering the voting age to...

Friday, December 5, 2008, 6:32 PM