Launched in 2007 as The Nova Scotia Policy Review, this independent quarterly magazine has gained the respect of policy makers, community advocates and concerned citizens, and its independent reporting has been cited as evidence in the provincial legislature and in municipal chambers.

Now in its third year, the magazine is changing its name to Coastlands: The Maritimes Policy Review, becoming the only regional magazine devoted to sustainable development, independent journalism and critical reflection on social, cultural and environmental issues. 

Why the new name? Coastlands are contested spaces requiring complex and sensitive policy responses to preserve and share what is precious to us all. The name underscores the fact that we’re bound together in a shared environment and we need collaborative, careful and just responses to our natural and cultural resources. Coastlands extends its editorial horizon beyond the coastline, however, to survey emerging ideas across a broad spectrum of public policy concerns — including agriculture, coastal management, crime, culture (especially indigenous culture), democracy, disabilities, education, energy, environment, ethics, freedom of information, government, health, industry, justice, labour, language, law reform, literacy, media, mental health, natural resources, poverty, rural development, social policy and statecraft.

Under the new title, Coastlands will continue to tackle politics, culture and justice with style and spark, offering readers an even richer selection of digests, short articles, essays, book reviews, maps, cartoons, comment, statistics and satire.

Writers with an informed opinion or particular expertise and journalists who want to dig deeply should query the editor with their own ideas if they can fit within the tight writing style and editorial focus of the journal. Keen reflections in an original voice are also invited if they shed light on social, cultural and environmental tensions in your community or in the region. The magazine pays a reasonable word-rate. 

Coastlands: The Maritimes Policy Review is published quarterly by Finest Point Periodicals Limited in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. The first issue under the new title will be published September 2009. For inquiries, submissions or subscriptions, please email Rachel Brighton at or visit

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