Several months have passed since Halifax Regional Council voted down a sprawling development proposal for the Birch Cove Lakes. That near-unanimous decision to save the future regional park was an important moment for the city. The mayor and councillors chose to listen to the public (1,420 letters were submitted, nearly all in favour of the […]
Archives for January 2017
News 1. Hooray for our side “Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil Monday evening in Halifax’s Grand Parade in front of city hall to mourn those killed in a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque,” reports the Canadian Press. As with last week’s Women’s Marches and the widespread political demonstrations at US airports and town […]
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has quashed a decision made by Environment Minister Margaret Miller last April. The Minister rejected a First Nations appeal of her department’s decision to proceed with the controversial $320 million dollar Alton Natural Gas Storage project near Stewiacke. The Sipekne’katik First Nation is concerned about the potential impact on...
So here we are, one year into what may become the longest newspaper strike in Canadian history. The real reporters, editors, and photographers walking the picket line — those that haven’t accepted jobs elsewhere — may be demoralized, but it hasn’t translated into their content. You can still find excellent journalism at the Local XPress. Because that’s what […]
News 1. Fascism If you use the F-word, inevitably some people respond by saying “this isn’t fascism because unlike Hitler…” or whatever. But of course fascism in the 1930s was expressed in its own time; 80 years later, it will be expressed differently. Trump is a fascist, his government fits the dictionary definition of fascism, and […]
It’s Monday. So it must be time for the latest zig in the zig-zaggy, twisty-turny, tortured tale of Stephen McNeil and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. On Friday afternoon, the union announced its 9,300 members would resume their work-to-rule job action today because — in the words of union president Liette Doucet — “we don’t...
When he addresses military audiences, Gary Brown often fields questions from soldiers who can’t see how cyber warfare is relevant to their lives. They’ll tell Brown, a professor of cyber security at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, that they aren’t involved in cyber operations and can’t see why they should care about cyber warfare....
News 1. Death in Prison Last year at this time, I wrote about the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, and how Bell has multi-million dollar contracts on federal prison phones that allow them to charge predatory rates to prisoners and their families. I pointed out in that article that we criminalize mental illness and use incarceration instead […]
On what is one of the longest episodes in Examineradio’s history, we devote almost the entire show to marking the auspicious occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Chronicle Herald strike. First we speak with veteran arts reporter Stephen Cooke about the cautious optimism surrounding the current round of negotiations between the union and management and […]
News 1. HST hit to Nova Scotia Yesterday, I linked to Charlottetown Guardian reporter Teresa Wright’s bombshell that Atlantic provinces are being told to return “hundreds of millions” of dollars of miscalculated HST payments back to Ottawa. I wrote: Wright doesn’t put a dollar figure on the amount Nova Scotia owes, but assuming that the […]