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Re: “How to be Halifax‚Äôs next poet laureate

I agree about El Jones to a degree. I've never been much of a fan of spoken word and, to me, she leans too heavy on her politics at the expense of her words, maybe too blunt? She definitely has her style down, but it's never really resonated with me.

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Posted by WaveyJasper on 07/20/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Why Canada is better off with the monarchy

Monarchists are deluded if they think the royal family (or any other title holding person) is any less fallible than the rest of us. "Golden thread," it is to laugh. These people aren't stewards of our realm, they're more an institution for pomp, ceremony and entitlement. At least the UK can make some argument for them based the amount of tourism revenue they generate from them.

I'd like to think that Canadian society is struggling toward some kind of equality and the royals by virtue of what they represent are in conflict with that ideal. Monarchists have a misguided faith in an institution that has never deserved it and represents years of a system that generations world over suffered under. You want to talk about oppression and exploitation? look no further.

But of course Monarchists don't consider this, they're too obsessed with their symbols of virtue and daydreams of having tea with the Queen to focus on the real lives of Canadians. There are much more pressing matters in our country that we should be concerning ourselves with.

I mean this in the least political way I can, but I have more faith in the Canadian people than I ever would a monarch.

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Posted by WaveyJasper on 05/16/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Do you want Freak Lunchbox to replace the Tall Ships mural on the side of their building with a new candy-themed piece of public art?

It's such a big problem with Halifax and Nova Scotia's image that we use all the "Sea-shanty" maritime imagery as a crutch. It really paves over the real personality of the city. The tourism interests in the province really like to propagate the whole quaint pastoral image of Nova Scotia and I think it only serves to hold Halifax back from moving into the future. As someone who lives here year round (and is from here) I think we can do better than just reiterate the same stereotypes about our city that we've had hanging around forever. There's so much to this place than sailing ships and fishing.

I'm sure the people at Freak Lunchbox will find something that'll suit the revitalization of downtown and make it seem more alive. Freak Lunchbox is a great commercial ambassador for this city. If any business should be spearheading a new look for Barrington it should be them. They've survived on Barrington street for over a decade and that's an accomplishment in and of itself.

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Posted by Thefrockpolice on 05/13/2015 at 8:01 PM

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