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I started my first personal blog in December, 2000 on LiveJournal, but this site houses my professional writing and reviews.

At my core I’m a generalist and I’ll write about almost anything, but I’m usually most interested in writing about how to fix or improve something, and/or how to accurately identify what’s not working properly. In my professional life, I’ve written everything from software documentation to business plans to telemarketing scripts to corporate reports and marketing research analysis: all of it has been incredibly important stuff.

Most recently, my topics of interest have been focused on parenting, on how to recover from personal trauma and effect positive behavioural change; and on the day-to-day functioning of our local and provincial governments. I’m probably a policy wonk at heart who is most happy digging deep into budgets, spreadsheets and planning documents to see exactly how effectively resources are being used in a given system.

For more info about me personally, please see my bio. I also play jazz saxophone, I was Chair of the Shannon Park School Advisory Council from 2012-2014, and I used to be Vice-President of Programming for the Halifax Jazz Festival at JazzEast. I’m not a teacher, but I marched 4-5 times with the NSTU throughout their dispute with the McNeil Liberals in 2016-17, and that fired me up about checking the effectiveness of local government and bureaucracy. My connection to the health care system via my physician wife also makes me interested in that. My most significant recent volunteer position has been as President of the Shearwater Bluefins Swim Club, a competitive youth swim team that trains out of CFB 12 Wing Shearwater.

Dustin LindenSmith
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
January 2020

Sincere Post Script: As an affluent White member of Canada’s 1% who was also raised by a radical activist lesbian mom, I’ve always had this itch to spread the word to other White folks about our country’s violent colonial history and the oppression that European settlers to Canada have exacted on our First Nations Peoples, dating back to First Contact and leading up to as recently as when the last Residential School was closed in 1996, and continuing right through to the present day with the deplorable living conditions in so many of our First Nations communities. As if that weren’t enough White burden, I’m also pissed about the insidious and systemic racism and misogyny that is rife throughout Canada and its many institutions. Aside from being well-informed politically and trying hard to raise intelligent and enlightened kids, I feel mostly powerless to do very much about any of this, but I do sincerely want to be part of the solution to the greatest possible degree.

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