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  • 2013 (17)
    • June (4)
      • In the Real World

        Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:15 PM ET
        I've seen dozens of forensic teams combing over a crime scene in the past few years. However, until a few days ago, they were all fake. Just about every...
      • Deja Vu All Over Again

        Posted: Jun 20, 2013 2:34 PM ET
        I have been reminded of that famous deju vu quote from baseball legend Yogi Berra over the past couple of weeks as I've watched the saga of Trevor Zinck...
      • Thoughts on a Disturbing Case

        Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:21 AM ET
         I hope I never meet another person like David James Leblanc.  More importantly, I hope there aren't that many more people like him out there.  I'm not so naive...
      • Doggone Stupid

        Posted: Jun 6, 2013 5:44 PM ET
        Whenever he gets in the car, my dog Jake starts drooling and panting. He can't help himself; he's excited because car rides for him are special. He pants, even...
    • May (2)
      • Justice for All

        Posted: May 28, 2013 11:58 AM ET
        If you had to draw up a list of people you don't want to cross, chances are, your mother would be right at the top.  After all, if she can't...
      • Reality Check

        Posted: May 7, 2013 1:40 PM ET
        There is a clever ad on TV right now that exploits our seeming preoccupation with crime as a source of entertainment. The ad begins with a high speed chase,...
    • April (3)
      • Dirty Little Secrets

        Posted: Apr 26, 2013 1:15 PM ET
        If you want a true test of a person's character, you should look at them when they're down. After all, everyone looks good at the top of their game....
      • Justice Delayed

        Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:53 PM ET
        I spend a lot of time in Nova Scotia courtrooms. Usually, I come away with a pretty good story. Too often -- more times than I care to count --...
      • Second Chances

        Posted: Apr 9, 2013 11:10 AM ET
        Going to youth court can be a pretty depressing experience, especially if you're a parent.You don't have to be a parent of one of the accused; if you've got...
    • March (3)
      • The Cost of Free Stuff

        Posted: Mar 25, 2013 12:21 PM ET
        Sometimes, a guilty conscience can get you in more trouble than you were in to begin with.Take this recent warning from Nova Scotia RCMP.Four people in Pictou County, and...
      • Fit to Stand Trial

        Posted: Mar 19, 2013 4:46 PM ET
        Three times in the past few years I have witnessed transformations that have left me both surprised and slightly troubled.In each case, a man struggling with severe mental health issues...
      • You May Already Be A Winner

        Posted: Mar 1, 2013 11:33 AM ET
         When I was younger and much more gullible, I dreamed of the day Dave Sayer would show up at my front door, clutching a fistful of helium balloons and a...
    • February (3)
      • Courting Technology

        Posted: Feb 28, 2013 2:14 PM ET
        It's amazing how, in a very short space of time, technology has changed the way we do things. The fact you're reading this on a screen instead of a...
      • Who's Sorry Now

        Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:46 PM ET
        "Sorry seems to be the hardest word."I hate sappy ballads like the slice of 70s cheese that spawned the above lyric. But I've been sitting in courtrooms a lot lately,...
      • The Dog Ate My Homework

        Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:50 AM ET
        My parents had a policy: if my sister got in trouble and they caught me gloating about it, they'd punish me, too.    Of course, I never got in trouble,...
    • January (2)
      • Here We Go Again

        Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:47 PM ET
        I would like you to try a little experiment for me: start counting out loud to 104 and see how long it takes you. Midway through, I want you to...
      • New Years Memories

        Posted: Jan 2, 2013 5:36 PM ET
        It may seem odd that even before I've managed to break my first New Year's resolution, I'm reflecting on violence at this time of year. Call it an occupational hazard.Mixed...
  • 2012 (16)
    • December (4)
      • Careful What You Throw Away

        Posted: Dec 27, 2012 1:01 PM ET
         This is a story I've told before, but it's one that bears repeating.  Especially this time of year.      It has to do with the things we throw away. ...
      • Look But Don't Touch

        Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:03 PM ET
        As someone who got into this business at a time when typewriters and tape recorders were leading-edge technology, I rather like this whole social media thing.   Before Twitter, Facebook...
      • High-Risk Offenders

        Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:33 AM ET
        Even judges can struggle with prison math.I've seen them on the bench during sentencing, working out exactly how long a criminal should spend behind bars. They have to get it...
      • The People We Meet

        Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:24 PM ET
        There are moments in this business that really make you stop and think.I had one of those moments this morning.I was sitting on a bench outside Courtroom # 4 at...
    • November (3)
      • A Common Thread

        Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:42 AM ET
        One thing I like about my job is the variety. I am not trapped in an office cubicle, shuffling papers from one box to another. Instead, I never know from...
      • Tis the Season

        Posted: Nov 22, 2012 1:35 PM ET
        As November winds down, I've learned to stop cringing and groaning every time I go into a store and have my ears assaulted by Christmas music.I thought it was a...
      • Password Protected

        Posted: Nov 15, 2012 1:14 PM ET
        How many times has this happened to you?   You're staring at a flashing computer screen, an ATM, a debit machine or smart phone and you're drawing a blank on...
    • October (9)
      • Be Prepared

        Posted: Oct 30, 2012 5:09 PM ET
        I don't know if it was ever "cool" to be a Boy Scout.  Then again, no one ever accused me of being cool.  So it should come as no surprise...
      • Killing The Cockroach

        Posted: Oct 24, 2012 2:57 PM ET
        Computer scams can be a lot like cockroaches: they can survive anything and they can pop up anywhere. Take the so-called Microsoft Scam. I've been getting calls about this...
      • The You You Do Not Know

        Posted: Oct 19, 2012 11:47 AM ET
        A couple of months ago I was watching an American cable channel when a commercial caught my eye.   An earnest young woman was announcing loans backed by a native...
      • The Monsters Among Us

        Posted: Oct 16, 2012 3:49 PM ET
        I'm not a big fan of horror movies.   Since I spend most days researching and reporting on bad guys and their crimes, I don't look to fake evil for...
      • The Ups and Downs of Court Reporting

        Posted: Oct 12, 2012 1:47 PM ET
        Covering the courts can sometimes be unpleasant.   Over the years, I've been spit at (they missed) and called scum, bottom feeder and a whole bunch of names I can't...
      • What We Couldn't Tell You

        Posted: Oct 10, 2012 3:37 PM ET
        Take a look at the picture at the top of this blog. That's Chaze Lamar Thompson, being led into Dartmouth court in handcuffs.That was something you did not see...
      • Making The Right Choices

        Posted: Oct 5, 2012 11:48 AM ET
        It's nice to see when things go right.  I'm talking about jury selection.I've had a chance to witness it again in the case of Chaze Lamar Thompson.  He's the 22-year-old...
      • Looking For Answers

        Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:10 PM ET
        Anyone who's studied anything about journalism knows about the five Ws: Who, What, When, Where and Why. Every day, on every story, we try to answer those questions. When it...
      • A shot in the dark

        Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:42 PM ET
        I learned a lot about the Canadian legal system from Lana Louise Clarkson. She's not a lawyer, or a judge, or a cop or a teacher or even another journalist....

About the Author

Blair Rhodes has been a journalist for more than 30 years in Atlantic Canada, covering everything from princes to politicians to prostitutes, and a whole lot of stuff in between. These days, he focusses on stories involving crime and public safety.

Recent Entries

In the Real World
In the Real World
Jun 28, 12:15 PM

I've seen dozens of forensic teams combing over a crime scene in the past few years. However, until a few days ago, they were all fake. Just about every... more »

Deja Vu All Over Again
Deja Vu All Over Again
Jun 20, 2:34 PM

I have been reminded of that famous deju vu quote from baseball legend Yogi Berra over the past couple of weeks as I've watched the saga of Trevor Zinck... more »

Thoughts on a Disturbing Case
Thoughts on a Disturbing Case
Jun 17, 10:21 AM

 I hope I never meet another person like David James Leblanc.  More importantly, I hope there aren't that many more people like him out there.  I'm not so naive... more »

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