News 1. Are we doing right by international students? Some months ago, I asked Chris Lambie to explore the issue of international students attending Nova Scotian universities. There’s no denying that we’re chasing international students for their money, and there are issues of exploitation at every turn. But international students also contribute to the educational experience for native-born […]
News 1. Proposed university gift policy draws ire from Dalhousie profs The gift policy was initiated in the wake of criticism of the university’s deal with Shell Oil, but the Dal administration refused to let university senators have a say in drafting the policy, and now refuses to make that draft public (but we got it […]
Two years ago, a Dalhousie engineering student named Stephen Thomas started noticing the Shell Oil logo popping up all over campus, and so submitted a Freedom of Information request seeking the details of a $600,000 grant from the oil company to university. Thomas sent me a copy of the 2011 agreement; you can read it here. Some […]
News 1. Cornwallis Two weeks ago, Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas read her poem “Not Perfect” before city council: The reading had two effects. The first was that councillor Shawn Cleary was moved to ask that Halifax council revisit the issue of renaming Cornwallis Street and removing the statue of Cornwallis in the south end. (Councillor […]
News 1. Environmental Bill of Rights “Nova Scotia needs nothing short of an Environmental Bill of Rights if it wants to ensure its citizens can drink clean water, breathe clean air, and hold their governments accountable to make polluters pay,” reports Jennifer Henderson for the Examiner: That’s the position of a coalition of Nova Scotia environmental groups […]
News 1. Community Outpatient Centre “The province’s purchase of 15 acres in the Bayers Lake Business Park to build a new Community Outpatient Centre was supposed to be a good news announcement for the McNeil government,” reports Jennifer Henderson for the Examiner: [Premier Stephen] McNeil was quick to point out that the Centre’s Bayers Lake location — behind Home […]
News 1. Pre-election spending spree Jennifer Henderson has updated her ongoing scorecard of pre-election spending by the McNeil government, and I created the following chart so you can follow along: I’ll continually update the chart as more announcements are made. 2. Butterfield Bank, Stephen Lund, and… Sears? On the above chart, you’ll note that on Tuesday Nova […]
Jennifer Henderson has updated her ongoing scorecard of pre-election spending by the McNeil government. I’ll have more to say about the Butterfield Bank announcement in tomorrow’s Morning File.
Court dismisses Henneberry’s appeal On Thursday last week, when the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal dismissed Victoria Henneberry’s appeal of her guilty plea to murder, family members of murder victim Loretta Saunders applauded. Miriam Saunders, Loretta’s mother, told reporters she can now begin to heal and advocate for the larger issues raised by her daughter’s...
News 1. “Systemic Failure” in Al-Rawi case Elaine Craig, a law prof at Dalhousie, has written a paper titled “Judging Sexual Assault Trials: Systemic Failure in the Case of Regina v Bassam Al-Rawi.” The abstract: The recent decision to acquit a Halifax taxi driver of sexual assault in a case involving a very intoxicated woman, […]