News 1. MacGillivray and Savage try to re-write Commonwealth Games bid history The truth matters. The truth about the past especially matters, as it provides lessons and guideposts moving forward. But in today’s Chronicle Herald, Fred MacGillivray, who presided over Halifax’s aborted attempt to win the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid, says that pulling out of […]
News 1. Loretta Saunders murder The preliminary hearing in the Loretta Saunders murder trial has begun, but there’s a publication ban on evidence presented at the trial, which leaves reporters in a difficult situation. There’s not much to actually report on, besides the sad reaction of Saunders’ family to the evidence presented. The trial is […]
Council last met on June 25, so there’s lots to do this week. The meeting starts at 10am Tuesday, and I’ll be live-blogging it on Twitter via @hfxExaminer. The highlights: Development fees for transit When I reported in California in the early 1990s, development fees were already a long-established fact of municipal government. In California’s case,...
News 1. Fracking review board member has patent for fracking It hasn’t been reported locally, but British Columbia’s The Tyee tells us that “Maurice Dusseault, a prominent petroleum engineer now advising the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing review panel and the New Brunswick Energy Institute (NBEI) on related energy issues, filed for a patent on the […]
News 1. Morgentaler Clinic battle continues Fredericton’s private Morgentaler Clinic, which provides most of the abortions in New Brunswick, is set to close at the end of the month. The closure comes because the provincial government refuses to fund the clinic, which is representative of the archaic policies around abortion in New Brunswick: Prior to 1988, the […]
by Hilary Beaumont Consent, when asked for and granted, is a beautiful thing. But as the Assembly of First Nations heard Thursday, industry and the Crown haven’t exactly been establishing consent before plowing forward with energy development on First Nations territory. When it comes to extracting gas or developing land, chiefs and delegates voiced concern...
News 1. Assembly of First Nations meeting concludes The Halifax Examiner will publish two more articles about the meeting this morning. Check back on the home page. 2. Liberals end corporate handouts by increasing corporate handouts As a candidate, Stephen McNeil promised that if elected he would end government subsidies to corporations. As Premier, McNeil clarifies […]
Towards the end of Monday’s Police Commission meeting there was a short discussion about the value of “your speed” signs that tell drivers both the posted speed limit and the speed they are actually travelling. Deputy Chief Bill Moore cited the before-and-after experience of the Bridge Commission, which has put such signs at the approach to the […]
News 1. Assembly of First Nations continues Halifax Examiner coverage includes: Ghislain Picard named Interim National Chief AFN renews call for national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women Tsilhqot’in ruling could set precedent in land disputes, AFN hears The last two articles are behind the Examiner’s pay wall. You can purchase a subscription here. 2. […]
by Hilary Beaumont Visitors from the Tsilhqot’in First Nation in BC enjoyed a sort of celebrity status at this year’s AFN gathering in Halifax. They received pats on the back, held their heads high, and practiced telling the story of how they appeared before the highest court in Canada. “[The Elders told me] when you...