From 1969 to 1977, there existed in Halifax a radical newspaper called The Fourth Estate. Last night, Fourth Estate alumni held a reunion at the Wooden Monkey in Dartmouth. I was honoured to be invited as a guest. As explained by various speakers at the reunion, The Fourth Estate arrived on the scene when Halifax...
News 1. Something is seriously wrong on the east coast There’s been a 10-20 percent increase in the number of great white sharks in Nova Scotia waters, reports the CBC. There’s not yet enough evidence to explain the increase, but it is speculated to be a result of warming sea waters. That would correlate with the recent news […]
This morning I joined 47 other immigrants in a ceremony in a basement room in the Immigration office on Brunswick Street, across from the town clock. Citizenship Judge Ann Janega said some short remarks, we collectively pledged allegiance to the queen, and then each of us were called up individually to receive our citizenship certificate. I was […]
News 1. Home for Colored Children settlement moves forward There was an emotional day in court yesterday, as Justice Arthur LeBlanc signed off on the $29 million settlement between the province and former residents of the home. “I was raped at eight-and-a-half years old,” Harriet Johnson told the court. “The same man put me on the streets of […]
In May, the Thiel family, which owns much of the financial district and who are embarking on an ambitious development project called 22nd Commerce Square, asked the courts to review the province’s issuance of an unprecedented exemption to Nova Centre developer Joe Ramia; the exemption allows Ramia to bypass normal city development approval processes. In June, the Heritage Trust...
News 1. Jazz Festival hit twice The Halifax Jazz Festival is having a rough time of it this year; the first two nights of the nine-day festival saw no-shows by two headline performers. On Friday night, the Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances.” Festival organizers apologized profusely to the folks lining up for […]
News 1. It’s going to rain today And CBC is on it. See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Imagine if those newsroom resources were put into, I dunno, maybe reporting that abortion is nearly illegal in New Brunswick? 2. Abortion is nearly illegal in […]
North end residents dreamed big about the future of St. Pat’s-Alexandra at a meeting last night, but heard they may have to compromise on their housing goals. About 70 people attended the consultation at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library to yet again speak their minds on the future of the former school site. It...
News 1. Convention Centre war escalates There appears to be worry in mucky muckdom over the Nova Centre. Reportedly, the Stonecutters met Saturday and agreed to buy a full-page ad in the Chronicle Herald. The ad denigrates Heritage Trust for impeding all progress and erasing Halifax from the map by asking the court to review the Nova Centre approval. […]
It’s Beat Up on Heritage Trust time. Again. This time it’s a full page ad in the Chronicle Herald signed by seemingly everyone in town connected in some way to the development industry, including Sarah Dennis, the Herald’s owner and publisher, and her husband Mark Lever, the company’s president. The ad attacks Heritage Trust for asking for […]