Tag: democratic reform

Chéticamp Act Two: The slippery slope of protected ridings

As discussed in part one, over the last ten years two boundaries commissions, one special commission and a Court of Appeal reference have wrestled with the question of how to improve the chances for Acadians and African Nova Scotians to be elected to the Nova Scotia legislature. It may have seemed that the matter was settled when the legislature responded positively to the finding of the court and the advice of the two most recent commissions. In late 2019, the legislature approved new electoral boundaries, including a handful of districts with populations falling 25 per cent or more below...

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Chéticamp Act One: the dilemma of “effective representation”

Chéticamp, the Acadian community on the western edge of the Cabot Trail, is a lovely place. The village’s website nails it in describing “a traditional Acadian fishing village situated along the picturesque Cabot Trail, nestled between the majestic highlands of Cape Breton Island and the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.” But picturesque and majestic natural beauty can only go so far, it seems. Chéticamp, with a population of about 5,000 in the village and its environs wants its own representative in the Nova Scotia legislature and is going to court in pursuit of that objective. Word last...

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Richard Starr, The man behind the Point

About Richard

RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.

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