This week, we speak with Mary Campbell, the publisher and editor of the Cape Breton Spectator about why her region needed a new journalistic voice. Plus, we unveil a special subscription deal for readers! This interview dovetails from a discussion about what effect the proposed news bailout would have on Atlantic journalism, especially seeing as how one union-busting […]
Archives for June 2017
I’m excited to announce a new collaboration with the Cape Breton Spectator. Here’s what I wrote about the Spectator when Mary Campbell launched the site last year: Campbell is of the Campbell clan that published the former Cape Breton Highlander, a radical labour paper published in Sydney from 1963 through 1976, and her sister is Susan Campbell, the host […]
We’re approaching a long weekend, and there’s not much in the news. 1. Concerts on the Common “We expect during the daytime activities, at the oval, around the commons, at least 25,000 during the day,” Billy Comer, the Civic Events Coordinator, tells Global. “Then there’s going to be another 13,000 at Citadel Hill. We’re going […]
News 1. DIY Government-Funded Training The Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI) is a provincial program that gives Nova Scotian “[b]usinesses, social enterprises and revenue-generating non-for-profit organizations” money to train workers. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request that an unknown business filed, but which is now public, Mary Campbell discovers that the largest recipient (see clarification […]
Last fall over 800 people showed up on Nova Scotia’s French Shore to ride the Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, a mass-start 35- to 120-kilometre-long bike tour along coastal and country roads between Yarmouth and Weymouth. This September, even more are expected to register for the event, now in its third year. On the south shore,...
News 1. Torture ship The Chilean sailing ship La Esmeralda arrived in Halifax yesterday. It is currently at anchor and will move to Pier 20 behind the Seaport Market tomorrow afternoon. During the Pinochet years, La Esmeralda was a torture prison, reported the Guardian when the ship pulled into London in 2015: A series of […]
News 1. Government financial support for the Chronicle Herald Following up on a report last winter from the Public Policy Forum, News Media Canada has put forward a proposal for the federal government to subsidize Canadian media to the tune of $350 million annually. It’s always a bad idea to get the government involved in journalism, for lots […]
News 1. Outpatient Centre and transit “Despite reports from municipal staff that there were public transit challenges with the proposed Bayers Lake outpatient clinic, new documents show the province went ahead with the project, and didn’t inform the public of the issue,” reports Marieke Walsh for Global, who obtained the documents through a freedom of information request: […]
I was watching CNN last Sunday night. It is my guilty-pleasure punishment for the sin of obsessing too much about what Donald Trump might do next. Trump had filled up his Father’s Day dissing his predecessor, Barack Obama, in 140-character vitriol. He’d falsely claimed the latest public opinion poll showed his approval rating “higher than...
1. Oh, Canada Canadian media has been celebrating the world record for “longest kill shot” reportedly earned by a Canadian sniper in Iraq: A Canadian sniper working alongside Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIS successfully struck a member of the militant group from a distance of 3,540 metres, Canada’s military confirmed Thursday. The sniper […]