Truthfully, I have always held great admiration for the bardic traditions of old. In ancient Celtic cultures the bard played a significant role in the preservation of oral storytelling, both historical and mythological. A bard shared stories through song, poetry, or simple storytelling. The tradition has largely died out, but has been preserved by modern Celtic cultures; particularly among Gaels in Scotland and Ireland, and even in the Atlantic Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

I personally have always found that stories are more interesting through song or poetry since these means require greater attention to detail and the ability to decipher allegory as well as metaphor.


Today in History: Confederation in Canada, July 1, 1867

By the Queen! A proclamation for uniting the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, into one Dominion under the name of CANADA

Top Photo: Newspaper article announcing the formation of the newly formed country, CANADA

Bottom Photo: The fathers of confederation in Canada
Canada Aims to Fully Phase Out Coal Power by 2030
Country will work with the four provinces that still burn coal to reach its goal
By Paul Vieira and Judy McKinnon

Canada plans to completely phase out traditional coal power by 2030 and will work with the country’s four remaining provinces that still burn the fossil fuel to reach the overall goal, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday.

The move is the latest measure Canada is taking to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets by 2030, and follows the earlier introduction of a nationwide carbon levy that starts in 2018. The new plan also comes amid a pledge by President-elect Donald Trump to revive the U.S. coal industry’s fortunes.

Ms. McKenna, just back from a United Nations-sponsored climate-change conference in Morocco, said coal power in Canada currently represents close to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions coming from four provinces—Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Provinces will have the option to choose between phasing out coal entirely and replacing it with lower emitting sources, or using carbon capture and storage technology, the minister said.

Data indicate the western Canadian province of Alberta is by far the biggest user of coal as a source of electricity generation, and is home to five of the six biggest coal-fueled power plants in Canada. The province’s left-leaning government has already signaled its intent to phase out coal-fired generation, also by 2030. Canada’s largest province, Ontario, phased out coal-fired electricity in 2014.

In Canada, provincial governments have jurisdiction over the generation and transmission of electricity.

Canada is the world’s 12th-largest coal producer, according to government data, and roughly three-quarters of the coal it imports originates in the U.S.

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Canada's Prince Edward Island ends abortion ban in province
Premier Wade MacLauchlan announced plans Thursday to build reproductive health centre to start providing abortions by the end of the year
By Ashifa Kassam

excellent news!

After a decades-long battle by pro-choice groups, Canada’s Prince Edward Island will abandon a policy that saw the province become the only one in the country where women cannot access an abortion.

Wade MacLauchlan, the Liberal premier of PEI, announced plans on Thursday to build a reproductive health centre on the island that will offer medical and surgical abortions, among other services. The aim is to begin providing abortions by the end of the year.

The issue has been a flashpoint for decades in the province, where advocates say the last abortion was carried out in the early 1980s. In 1988, after Canada’s supreme court struck down the federal criminal law on abortion, PEI passed a resolution opposing abortions in the province.

In January, a pro-choice group took the government to court, arguing that the province has an obligation to provide unrestricted, publicly funded abortions. On Thursday, MacLauchlan said that while many in his cabinet and caucus have differing opinions on abortion, the government realised it likely would not be able to defend itself against the legal challenge and had been forced to change course.

The news was celebrated by pro-choice advocates on the island. “I’m just elated,” said Ann Wheatley. “It’s been a really long, hard struggle and this is a very satisfying day.”

For decades women in PEI would have to get a referral from a doctor in PEI to travel to the neighbouring province of Nova Scotia for the procedure or foot the cost of having an abortion at a private clinic off the island.

Those who couldn’t make the journey at times made desperate decisions, said Wheatley, with some trying to induce abortions by ingesting chemicals or being punched in the stomach. “There have been stories of women who have gone through extreme hardship to get an abortion.” […]


January 2016, Peggy’s Cove

At the beginning of this year I said goodbye to Halifax, Nova Scotia and the East Coast as a whole, one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the pleasure to live in. If you live there now, you’re truly fortunate. If you haven’t been to visit, I highly recommend it. Go through my tags and you’ll see for yourself a little piece of the beauty the province has to offer.