News Views Noticed In the harbour Footnotes News 1. Four “If all candidates and their avowed supporters were taken out of the lecture hall in which [a debate for Dal student government candidates] was held, the audience for the debate would have been very small indeed: just four people, including myself,” reports Moira Donovan. This article […]
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It often seems that no one, including students, take student government seriously. In the 2014 Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) elections, only 1,828 students out of roughly 18,500 voted; that’s less than 11 per cent of the student body. An all-candidates debate, which was really more of an audience led Q&A, held for this year’s DSU...
News Views Government On campus Noticed In the harbour Footnotes News 1. Cleanup continues The province is stepping in to assist the city in downtown snow clearing. Metro Transit is back to full operation, and there’s no fare through Sunday. I don’t know who made the no-fare decision, but it’s a good one. Especially with […]
As the Dalhousie Dentistry scandal limps towards something of a conclusion, the treatment of “whistleblower” Ryan Millet has been a source of outrage and mistrust of the university’s administration. Like the other 12 students in the Facebook group, Millet was ultimately allowed to return to clinic, but was suspended for longer than the others because...
Given the storm, this is an abbreviated Morning File focused on all issues snow-related. I’ll return to normal formatting tomorrow. Snow Halifax yesterday received its biggest snowfall in an already difficult winter. We’ll argue about numbers forever. The Environment Canada website says just 93 millimetres fell at the airport, but that can’t be right. CBC […]
News Views Government On campus Noticed In the harbour Footnotes News 1. Halifax surrenders Stretched beyond the limits of patience, forbearance, and resilience, the people of Halifax have simply given up in the face of yet another monster lizard attacking the city. Universities are closed. Halifax Transit won’t start running buses or ferries until at least 10am, when […]
Overtime costs at Metro Transit are exploding. In the 2013/4 budget year, the transit system paid out $5,258,90 in overtime — a whopping 13.7 percent increase from the year before. Recall that the 42-day strike in February 2012 was largely about management demands for reducing labour costs. “The wage increases [offered by the city to the union] would be offset...
This week, Halifax city council’s inaction on fire department restructuring; Halifax Walk & Roll, a new advocacy group, aims to give pedestrians greater input into insfrastructure decision-making; Dalhousie’s slippery economic slide; and the South End gets the plows, while the North End gets the shaft. Listen to Episode #3 of Examineradio below, or subscribe to the […]
News Views Government On campus Noticed In the harbour Footnotes News 1. Allan Rowe Dartmouth South MLA Allan Rowe died yesterday. He had been hospitalized after suffering a ruptured aneurysm while shovelling snow on February 20. 2. Dartmouth City Hall Frances Fares has decided not to purchase the former Dartmouth City Hall building. “We did a lot of investigation […]
Two municipal issues are dominating the news in this never-ending winter: the failed clearing of ice from sidewalks and the proposed realignment of fire resources. At their heart, both issues speak deeply to the interplay between politics and governance, and both demonstrate how city councillors have failed to demonstrate the leadership that’s required to run […]