News 1. Chickens and other fowl “Hesitant to settle for chickens, Halifax councillors decided to include all egg-laying fowl in the rules on backyard birds in residential areas,” reports Zane Woodford for Star Halifax: Council voted on Tuesday to tell planning staff to start drafting bylaw amendments, with only Councillor Russell Walker voting no, citing […]
Archives for July 2019
News 1. Bike money rolls in “On Monday morning federal, provincial, and municipal officials gathered to announce a combined $25 million in funding for Halifax’s all-ages and abilities (AAA) bike network,” reports Erica Butler: The proposed network is almost identical to the one approved in the Integrated Mobility Plan, with a few changes. On-street protected […]
On Monday morning federal, provincial, and municipal officials gathered to announce a combined $25 million in funding for Halifax’s all-ages and abilities (AAA) bike network. The federal government has committed $12.5 million, the provincial government $8.25 million, and the city will pony up the rest, about $4.25 million. The network was first approved as part...
News 1. Israel and the Palestinians Stephen Kimber writes about Rana Zaman, a social activist and Pakistani immigrant, who until the end of June was the federal NDP candidate for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. Until someone found old tweets Zaman wrote about Israel and its treatment of Palestinians. Frustrated by seeing what she described as “unarmed Palestinian […]
Canada’s New Democrats made a mistake. Not with their nomination last week of Emma Norton, a 28-year-old climate change activist and Ecology Action Centre staffer who decided to seek elective office this spring because she felt betrayed by Justin Trudeau’s “market-based, incrementalist” approach to climate change. I’m certain she will be a fine candidate in […]
Among the court documents obtained by the Halifax Examiner in the Glen Assoun wrongful conviction case is a bone-chilling letter written by serial killer Michael McGray to a prison psychiatrist. The letter is dated May 13, 2003. McGray was then housed at the Atlantic Institute in Renous, New Brunswick. He was arrested in 1998 for […]
News 1. Furey on Assoun Justice Minister Mark Furey continues to not really weigh in on Glen Assoun’s wrongful conviction. Jennifer Henderson reports that the Minister of Justice thinks an apology is premature: “An apology would be premature at this time until I have an opportunity to review the full scope of the file,” said […]
It’s two weeks today since a Nova Scotia court unsealed documents that help explain why Glen Assoun spent 17 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. The documents pertain to both the Halifax Regional Police’s initial Halifax police investigation into the 1995 murder of Brenda Way, and to a later RCMP re-investigation […]
Nova Scotia cabinet ministers met for the first time in three weeks yesterday. After their meeting, journalists had the opportunity to ask the premier a few questions. Inverness airport One question: How much has the Province been asked to contribute to an $18-million airport in Inverness, Cape Breton? The joint venture would make it easier...
“You’re richer than you think” Scotiabank used to say in its marketing campaign to prospective customers. Today we learned the Province is in better financial shape than we were led to believe a year ago. Audited financial statements for the year March 2018–March 2019 show the province had a surplus of $120 million, four times...