While biking to work this morning I saw a cyclist dying. The truck that ran her over was of course undamaged, and she was crumpled like a paper cup. She was the second one hit today. A friend was killed by a car earlier this year while biking. Last week a woman's left shoe and purse were scattered on the road a block from my house, but her body was gone. I hope she's OK.
These deaths and accidents are not bad luck. They are preventable. The intersection at Herring Cove and Purcells Cove Roads, where the woman was hit this morning, is designed to move cars quickly rather than to ensure fragile pedestrians and cyclists are safe. Too many of our intersections are built like highway on-ramps so that cars can—if they're in a rush—swing around corners without slowing.
Are our streets for moving commuters through our neighbourhoods as quickly as possible? Or are they for living on? I am so exhausted by the anger I feel. People's lives matter more than accommodating rush hour. —Tristan Cleveland, Halifax
The Liberal reality
As Election Day approaches, I hope voters looking at Justin Trudeau take a long look at Stephen McNeil. Trudeau, his MPs, his candidates and his senators all campaigned for the Liberal premier. During the last provincial election, the Liberals promised to extend the film tax credit for five years, but once in power they eliminated it. They promised "to keep our best and brightest here in Nova Scotia"—but they axed the Graduate Retention Rebate.
Both provincially and federally, Liberals campaign on the left and govern on the right. If you're looking for change from Stephen Harper, Trudeau looks to be another wolf in sheep's clothing. —Aaron MacKenzie, Halifax
Justin Trudeau has so many promises to spend and spend and spend some more. Now is the time for a deficit! Forget the priority of "balancing the budget"—it is just not on the Liberal agenda right now. That is the message I get.
Justin! Can you really lead? We in Nova Scotia are already living under YOUR Liberal government. Stephen McNeil is in charge of your Liberal agenda here. But have you explained that agenda to him? Do you even know each other? Given the NS Liberal government's hard stance on negotiating a new contract with teachers, one must assume that Stephen McNeil is a Conservative disguised as a Liberal.
Justin! Is McNeil a rogue Liberal? Are you unable to lead? Or perhaps you're as deceptive as many of your supporters figure Harper is? Which is it? —John Malone, Halifax
Nova Scotia has a unique issue in this election: We were awarded, fair and square, a $36 billion federal government shipbuilding contract, with defence minister Jason Kenney confirming last week that at least 21 ships will be built by the Irving Shipyards. This can elevate our province to "have" status in Canada. But Trudeau stated last week that the Liberals guarantee that only six ships will be built here!
It's clear the Liberals would like to transfer the rest of the shipbuilding to Quebec (as would the NDP, most likely). The least we can do is deliver all 11 of our federal seats (compared to Quebec's 76) to the Conservatives to ensure that ships will continue to be built here, via the voices of our Conservative MPs in parliament. This time we must vote based on reason, not emotions. —Judy Jamieson, Halifax
Total population: 35.7 million. Eliglble voters: 24 million. Voter turnout average: 60 percent. Votes cast in 2008: approx. 14.4 million. Votes cast for winning Conservatives: appox. 5.2 million. Percentage of population that elected a government: 14.4 percent. Total votes for Bloc Quebecois: 1,379,991 = 16 seats. Total votes for Green Party: 932,613 = 1 seat. —Stephen Shay, Halifax
Last week in the Sure Things, we printed the wrong theatre and date information for Leaves of the Virgin Mary. The right deets, and a review of the piece, are on page 21.