“You can be anything you want to be.” That was the sugar-coated, media-thrown grenade lobbed my way from my snot-nosed childhood through my university years. It didn’t take long to realise how wrong that inspirational phrase really was.
In February I posted about my reaction to a beloved restaurant closing due to the winter’s impact on sales. Sadly, it’s happening again. Estia, a great Greek restaurant, is closing because they had a poor winter. What’s shocking about this closure is that Estia is located on Spring Garden road. Spring Garden is arguably the most active street in downtown Halifax. To see a restaurant close … Continue reading Estia: Another restaurant closing because of winter
Last week the Hart and Thistle Gastropub, one of my favourite watering holes, closed its doors. A small piece of paper taped to the two doors in Historic Properties announced the end of another Halifax business. This was the image I saw all over Twitter and Facebook. My heart sank a little. I loved this restaurant. Their craft beer was made with care and the … Continue reading How to avoid breaking harts and closing businesses
It is becoming increasingly clear that we are at a tipping point with our education systems and job market. Our education systems are producing more grads but our professions are not hiring them. Instead, graduates are left desperately searching any form of work. This can result in getting a part-time job at a coffee shop or restaurant and struggling to make ends meet. This desperate … Continue reading One piece of the job(less) puzzle
8 p.m. on a Friday night. Any restaurant should be open this time of night. As I walk up Prince Street in Sydney, N.S. I notice the darkened dining room of one of the finest BBQ restaurants north of the 49th parallel. Embers Southern BBQ in Sydney, like many other businesses, has closed. A couple of days ago, Embers announced via Facebook that they would … Continue reading Dying Embers
I used to work for a soulless financial services company. It was one of those places that will give you an advance on your pay and charge you high interest. Constantly I had to respond to criticisms from friends and strangers. A friend even offered to give me money to keep my low-end retail job instead of working at the payday loan store. Yet for … Continue reading My Best Worst Job
Being an avid Gmail user I have written and read countless emails but I never see ads. Sure, this is entirely because I use AdBlock Plus in my browser to make my internet experience virtually ad free. This is great and I love it but then every so often something gets my attention and reminds me that there is advertising all over the web. I … Continue reading Our privacy: Microsoft doesn’t care all that much