Tuition Bonds

The Ivany Commission's reportĀ urges Nova Scotia to aim for 10% retention of international students. I think this is a good idea. How can we provide an incentive for these students to stay given that their families aren't here and there are lots of job opportunities elsewhere? One idea that comes…

Top Five Things In Halifax In 2013

It's time for the customary year-end list. What are the top five things to happen in Halifax in 2013? Switch Open Streets. (Disclaimer: I am their webmaster and contribute to overall planning.) Switch Open Street Sundays, which started in 2012, has been very effective at getting Haligonians to re-envision the…

We need a bike lane on Agricola

This is the letter I sent to Halifax's Active Transportation Advisory Committee earlier today. To the members of the Active Transportation Advisory Committee, Today you will have the chance to make a profound change in the way this city operates. In order to respect the wishes of our citizens and…

8000km

8000km. As of next Friday, that's how far I'll have driven since August 22nd. I purchased a car in September in order to make a number of trips around the maritimes, and stuck reasonably well to my vow to continue commuting by bike. There are no good car rental options…

Refinishing my bed frame

When I first moved in to a place of my "own" (rented with roommates), my parents were kind enough to purchase a mattress and box spring, figuring that getting a good quality mattress would pay dividends in terms of health and well-being. This mattress was purchased during a promotion that…

A different way of visualizing SQL databases

A friend asked me this weekend to help him understand SQL databases for a course in which he's enrolled. The general structure of a relational database seemed straightforward to him - creating a new row for each entry, linking one-to-one relationships directly, and creating a gerund for one-to-many and many-to-many…
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