by Hilary Beaumont On the heels of the brutal assault of Cree woman Marlene Bird in Prince Albert, and as Halifax prepares for the preliminary inquiry into the murder of Inuk woman Loretta Saunders next week, First Nations people are again calling for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. “Hey Harper, wake...
Ghislain Picard, the Regional Chief of Quebec and Labrador and the longest-serving chief on the Assembly of First Nations executive committee, has been named Interim National Chief of the AFN. Picard fills a seat that has been empty since the unprecedented resignation of National Chief Shawn Atleo in May. Picard was nominated for the interim position yesterday, but […]
by Nathaniel Smith Today, July 16, is the patronal feast of the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the date decreed by the Bishop of Halifax as the day of celebration for the parish church in Prospect. The parish has had a church in Prospect for 220 years, but no longer: Today, July 16, […]
News 1. Assembly of First Nations meets in Halifax The general assembly of the AFN started yesterday and runs through Thursday. The Halifax Examiner is present; yesterday we published an article about the difficulties the organization is facing (behind pay wall) after the resignation of National Chief Shawn Atleo in May over disputes over Bill C-33, […]
The Assembly of First Nations is meeting in Halifax this week, with 242 chiefs, or their proxies, present. The first order of business was dealing with the fallout from the unprecedented resignation of National Chief Shawn Atleo in May. Atleo resigned over criticism of his handling of Bill C-33, which dealt with education policy: some...
by Hilary Beaumont Representatives of Canada and the Crown addressed the crowd at the Assembly of First Nations conference in Halifax, or rather K’jipuktuk, Tuesday morning. Premier Stephen McNeil, NS Lieutenant Governor John Grant, and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage opened the conference of about 1,000 delegates alongside national chiefs and elders. The AFN, a national...
News 1. North Park Street roundabout Construction started yesterday on the rebuild of the North Park/Cunard/Agricola Street intersection, and as expected, there’s lots of criticism—there’s not enough consideration for bicyclists and too many trees are being removed, say critics. Perhaps. But as they exist, this intersection and the North Park/Cogswell/Rainnie/Trollope/Ahern intersection, which will be rebuilt next year, are death […]
What company will jump at the opportunity to be associated with obliterating a piece of Halifax history? We’ll soon find out: A banner atop of what was once the Morse’s Teas sign announces that a lucky tenant of the building can put its company name on the historic site. Readers will recall that on […]
News 1. MV Miner The province is preparing to execute a $12 million plan to remove the MV Miner from Scatarie Island. The decommissioned cargo ship broke from its tow line and crashed into the island in 2011, and has been wedged on the rocks ever since. Supposedly we need to “clean up” the ship because Scatarie is a protected wilderness area, […]
News 1. Deep Panuke The Chronicle Herald’s Roger Taylor reports that, thanks to the crappy winter in New England, Encana made a lot of money from selling natural gas from its Deep Panuke wells on the Boston spot market. With warm weather here, prices are back to normal, but the company thinks it can repeat […]