News 1. Constructive dismissal The trial of Calvin Clarke’s suit against the Halifax Herald Ltd. continued in Supreme Court yesterday, with testimony from Nancy Cook, who holds the ridiculous title of “chief people officer” at Saltwire, the Herald’s parent company, followed by Alex Liot, the VP of Sales. Clarke is claiming “constructive dismissal,” which basically means […]
Archives for November 2017
News 1. Calvin Clarke v Halifax Herald Ltd. A two-day trial began yesterday in Halifax. The plaintiff is Calvin Clarke. The defendant is Halifax Herald Ltd., the company that publishes the Chronicle Herald and owns several related businesses, including Bounty Printing and Headline Promotions. Clarke is suing for wrongful dismissal. Clarke’s testimony yesterday provided lots […]
November subscription drive This is the worst-managed subscription drive ever: I forgot to even mention it yesterday. That’s partly because I’m a bit busier than normal this week as I’m reporting on a couple of issues that require a lot of time, but the results of that reporting probably won’t be seen for weeks or […]
In our 2014 Active Transportation Plan, Halifax council approved a network of local street bikeways throughout the city, and today we’ll get a glimpse of what that might actually mean. A local street bikeway (known in other places as bicycle boulevard or neighbourhood greenway) is a convenient route along local streets (sometimes crossing busier streets)...
News 1. The Paradise Papers, Appleby, and Nova Scotia’s welcome to tax avoiders Newly released documents reveal how the world’s wealthiest people and corporations are using dummy corporations and offshore accounts to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The documents are dubbed the “Paradise Papers.” They are millions of internal records, emails, and other […]
News 1. Custody A former Legal Aid worker, Lawrence O’Neil was the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament representing Cape Breton Highlands – Canso from 1984 to 1988. He used that position to rail against women’s right to abortion. “In 1985,” reported the Canadian Press, “O’Neil moved to introduce a bill to amend the Criminal Code […]
Many years ago, probably after an election campaign he’d just lost that he believed he should have won, I interviewed then-Nova Scotia Liberal politician Gerald Regan. He was in a philosophical mood. “Victory and defeat,” he told me, paraphrasing a Rudyard Kipling poem, “are equal imposters. Sometimes you lose when you should win; sometimes you...
There are now 23,000 people in Nova Scotia who self-identify as Métis, according to the recent census. That’s an increase of about 124 per cent in 10 years. Darryl Leroux, an associate professor in the department of social justice and community studies at Saint Mary’s University, questions those claims. He’s researched this extensively (for examples, […]
In August, Lawrence O’Neil, the Associate Chief Justice of the Family Court, awarded custody of a five-year-old boy to the child’s father, who has a history of domestic violence, even though the father had previously signed away his right to custody. A troubled relationship The names of the parents and child in this story are […]
Annual subscription Drive I’ve always been a soft sell on the subscription front. Shilling for subscriptions annoys me more than it annoys you, probably. But this is how we pay for the Examiner. I’m committed to paying contributors and employees decently, and that requires a steady income from subscribers. My hope is that this year’s drive […]