After taking most of the summer off, Halifax council meets next Tuesday. This fall council will see an unusual number of heavy issues coming before it. Here’s a quick look at four of the most important issues. Washmill Underpass Auditor general Larry Munroe had expected his report on the Washmill Underpass fiasco to come out in...
News 1. Trout Point Lodge sues Frank Magazine Reports the Chronicle Herald: The owners of Trout Point Lodge in East Kemptville, Yarmouth County, are suing the owners and staff of Frank magazine for commercial copyright infringement, misappropriation of personality, and violation of the Cyber-safety Act. Even though there’s an irony in seeing Frank owner Parker Rudderham sued under the […]
by Hilary Beaumont Halifax could see its first protected bike lane this fall, if a new pilot project gets council’s approval. Like those in Montreal and Vancouver, the proposed lane would separate bikes from traffic with a physical barrier. Initiated by Dalhousie University, the protected lane would run along the north and south sides of...
News 1. Northern Pulp Mill At the request of the Chronicle Herald, Environment Canada has released pollution monitoring station information for Nova Scotia, and for 2012, in terms of particulate matter, the air was cleaner in Pictou County than in downtown Halifax. 2. Grandparents The Liberals have changed the law such that grandparents automatically have standing […]
News 1. What the wild things say The famed gannets at Cape St. Mary’s in Newfoundland are abandoning their chicks, repeating an unprecedented abandonment in 2012. Gannets have been observed for centuries, and the one consistent observation is that “gannets never abandon their chicks,” biologist Bill Montevecchi tells the St. John’s Telegram: One parent stays with the […]
by Hilary Beaumont “Super scary stuff—heads up Haligonians,” one of my Facebook contacts typed last week as she shared a story about a drug that went missing from the QEII hospital. She wasn’t the only one to react fearfully to the story. On Twitter and Facebook people posted about the 16 vials of Midazolam, a...
News 1. Slow down on fracking The final Report of the Nova Scotia Independent Review Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing was released yesterday, and it basically punts the issue down the road a few years. It’s a massive document, several hundred pages, and I haven’t had time to read it this morning, but the take-away is in […]
News 1. Inaccessible schools At least 72 schools in Nova Scotia are not accessible to students who use wheelchairs, reports the CBC. 2. Brain mapping for language Scientists at the IWK are doing cool work looking at how our brains process language. And Global’s Julia Wong should be congratulated for tackling a science-heavy subject and reporting […]
News 1. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain Peter MacKay says there’s nothing wrong with his former employee Peter Van Praagh being named project manager for the Halifax Security Forum. Van Praagh’s employment is a stipulation of the $9.96-million contract, reports the Chronicle Herald. 2. Stephen McNeil is going to China Says the press release: While […]
News 1. Ship of Theseus The Bluenose 2 (or 3 or 4 or whatever) will either be ready next year or they’ll start over and replace each of the planks with new planks and the boat will become a metaphor in Philosophy 101 text books, says Stephen McNeil. 2. Bhutanese refugees The CBC has a report on […]