November Subscription Drive
Today is the last day of our November subscription drive, which means you have just a few hours to become eligible to be one of five randomly selected subscribers to win Linda Pannozzo’s new book, About Canada: The Environment. Also, anyone who buys an annual subscription this month will get a free Halifax Examiner T-shirt.
1. Fishers being squeezed
Linda Pannozzo looks at how proposed changes in the “owner-operator policy” for fishing licensing amounts to a corporate raid on Nova Scotia’s inshore fishery — a potential she outlined in her 2013 book The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
2. Time travel
“The premier’s office admitted on Tuesday that it recorded and uploaded a video about talks with the teachers union breaking down before talks had actually broken down,” reports Zane Woodford for Metro:
On Monday, the Progressive Conservatives were the first to point out that the video — with daylight in the background — was uploaded Friday afternoon. A YouTube data viewer puts the video’s upload time at just before 4 p.m. Talks didn’t break off till about 5:30 p.m., according to a union spokesperson. [McNeil’s spokesperson David] Jackson said the video wasn’t made live till Saturday afternoon.
Another point for the premier’s sucky PR team.
Also, in another edition of Just How Bad Is the Chronicle Herald?, yesterday, in their “reporting” on the McNeil video, the paper’s scabs managed to both make an its/it’s error and misspell the name of their own paper:
3. Bottlenose whales
“Researchers believe they have found a population of rare northern bottlenose whales near the Flemish Cap, and they’re worried about the health impacts of seismic blasting connected to oil exploration in the area,” reports Maggie Gillis for the CBC:
A team from Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., confirmed the population during a three-week research expedition in the summer of 2016 — spotting 50 bottlenose whales in the remote Sackville Spur area, about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s.
This is Hal Whitehead’s team of grad students. More at the link.
4. Catherine Castellucci
CTV interviews Catherine Castellucci, Tyler Keizer’s girlfriend, who was in the vehicle when Keizer was shot dead:
Castellucci, 25, lives in Montreal and would fly to Halifax on weekends to see Keizer. She says she met Keizer on a dating website for inmates.
In CTV’s video of the interview, Castellucci recalls meeting Keizer for the first time in person:
I remember he was tall and just, he was smiling and I just thought to myself, wow.
5. Food non-tampering
Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are continuing to investigate a possible food tampering incident that was reported on Sunday evening in Halifax.
At 8:15 p.m. on November 27, Halifax Regional Police received a report of a needle being found in potatoes at a home in Halifax. The potatoes had been peeled and cooked, nothing was noticed at this time, but a needle was observed near leftover cooked potatoes on the plate which also contained other food. No one was injured.
Following further investigation by the General Investigation Section and the Forensic Identification Section, it cannot be determined where the needle originated. Police cannot confirm that the needle was ever embedded in any food item. Police will continue to monitor the situation to see if there are any other similar incidents reported.
I’m still waiting anxiously for the SWAT team to bust into someone’s house and arrest them for trying to kill trick-or-treaters.
1. VIA Rail
Examiner transportation columnist Erica Butler says the federal government is failing to give VIA Rail the legislative support it needs to run trains in Atlantic Canada.
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“Is it only my imagination or is the propaganda element in news becoming ever more pervasive in this “post-truth” era?,” writes Bruce Wark. Case in point: CBC’s coverage of the funeral for Fidel Castro:
“Cubans have been lining up for hours in Havana’s Revolution Square to honour Fidel Castro,” David Common, anchor of CBC Radio’s World Report announced during this morning’s broadcast.
“Streets are closed to handle the massive crowds flooding into the area,” he reported, but in case his listeners might be misled into thinking that masses of people were genuinely moved by the death of the man who led the Cuban revolution, Common added, “And while many are criticizing the legacy of their former president, it’s difficult to find dissenting voices in Havana.”
People lining up for hours, streets closed to handle massive crowds, and by the way, it’s hard to find “dissenting voices.” Now why would that be?
In an apparent attempt to solve this CBC-spun mystery, Common introduced correspondent Adrienne Arsenault in Havana.
“Cuba’s state paper Granma is a must-read at the moment — must-read as in a sense of duty to read,” Arsenault began before describing the newspaper’s front page.
“All in black and white, no colourful banners, and ‘Cuba es Fidel’ scrawled across the bottom. That’s a clever play on words meaning Cuba is Fidel, but also, Cuba is loyal,” she reported. “Cuba’s leaders certainly hope so. Searching for contrarian voices is a ghost-hunt in this sensitive moment.”
There was nothing in Arsenault’s report to indicate why Castro’s death was even worth covering. Why take the trouble to fly to Havana just to condemn a repressive old fuck?
In contrast, Wark reviews the reporting from Amy Goodman and Democracy Now, who spoke with Bill Fletcher Jr about his recent piece titled “Black America and the Passing of Fidel Castro”; Peter Kornbluh, co-author of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana; and Lou Pérez Jr., author of Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos and Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution — all of whom explained Castro’s important place in the world and why he was beloved inside Cuba and around the globe.
As for Castro’s human rights legacy, Pérez explained:
There is, I think — this is an authoritarian system. This is a system that is not reluctant to use repressive means to maintain power. This is a system that has spawned a fairly extensive intelligence system, surveillance systems. And in many ways, I think Cuba offers us a cautionary tale. For 30, 40, 50 years, Cuba has been under siege from the United States. And once that idea of national security enters into the calculus of governance, you are aware that civil liberties and the freedoms of the press and freedom of political exchange shrink—and we’re experiencing this here since 9/11—so that Cuba becomes a national security state, with justification if one believes that the duty of a government is to protect the integrity of national sovereignty. And so, for 50 years, Cuba, 90 miles away from the world’s most powerful country, struggles to maintain its integrity, its national sovereignty, and in the course of these years increasingly becomes a national security state. Ironically, the United States contributes to the very conditions that it professes to abhor.
For myself, I’ve been amused at the voices in Canada who have condemned Justin Trudeau for having kind words about Castro.
Saying nice things about a dead man who, among very many positive accomplishments, also had a record of human rights abuses is the worst possible thing Trudeau could possibly do, and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. But, at the same time, when Trudeau sells arms to a very much alive Saudi regime with a record of human rights abuses and an active war targeting civilians, it is nothing anyone should get worked up about; in fact, if you question it, you’re anti-Canadian, and maybe a terrorist.
3. Cranky letter of the day
I am a Grade 5 student at Tomkins Memorial Elementary School in Reserve Mines.
On Oct. 10, Cape Breton was hit by extreme rain and winds. There was a lot of destruction throughout CBRM but, in particular, I want to talk about my home baseball field — Cameron Bowl — in Glace Bay that was heavily damaged by the storm. There was damage to the buildings, fences, bleachers and parking area just to name a few things.
This field is very important to my friends and I. It would be great if the community could hold a fundraiser to help reconstruct this ball park.
Zachary Anthony, Reserve Mines
Zachary is only in Grade 5, so I mean him no criticism. But it’s sad that we’ve so given up on the notion that government should build, operate, and yes, maintain recreation facilities that the first thought when a field is damaged by a storm is that people should hold a fundraiser. Maybe it can become the Glace Bay Tim Hortons Bowl.
Zachary: There is a better way! You are a citizen. A young person trying to develop your talents and body, keeping yourself busy with healthful sports instead of idle and destructive pursuits. Your community should support you! The taxes that your family pays should be employed to hire people (perhaps your mom or older brother) at good wages to build the public works necessary to properly tend to the needs of the town’s young people.
Do not let them take you down the garden path of neoliberal outsourcing of services, corporate “charity” (in return for naming rights, naturally), and the false sharing economy of GoFundMe.
Zachary, demand that your government serve you and not the looting rich who have privatized the public treasury and are destroying the world! Demand your ball field be repaired at public expense. Also, choke up just a bit on that bat, eh?
A Reddit user named azuretan linked to this Google Earth Engine time-lapse of HRM from 1984 to 2016. (Judging from comments at Reddit, this may not be available on all browsers.) The time-lapse captures the rapid suburbization over the past three decades, especially in the Burnside/Dartmouth Crossing and Bedford West/Kingswood areas. You can zoom in for more detail, or zoom out and pan around to anywhere on Earth.
Integrated Mobility Plan Workshop (Noon and 6pm, Dartmouth Sportsplex) — “We want your feedback on Bold Moves for mobility in the Halifax region!” reads the event listing, so you know it’s going to be good.
Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District (6:30pm, Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1340 Cathedral Lane, Halifax) — The Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District is a proposed district outlined in this map:
There are 44 registered heritage buildings plus many other non-registered but historic buildings in the proposed district.
Today’s meeting is a “workshop” where staff and members of the Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District Committee will “present information and to listen to your comments.”
I guess those comments will be processed by tomorrow, when there is a public information meeting about demolition applications for two of the registered historic buildings in the district, 1333-35 Barrington Street (Thomas Jeffrey House) and 1349-53 Barrington Street, Halifax (Renner-Carney House, pictured above).
The demolition applications were submitted by developer Louis Lawen after the planning process for the Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District was started, but before the district will be created. It’s worth noting that Lawen’s brother John Lawen sits on the Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District’s “stakeholder steering committee,” as does one of John Lawen’s tenants.
HRM By Design and the Centre Plan are totally going to protect heritage properties, see.
Public Information Meeting (7pm, Saint Joseph’s-Alexander McKay School) — Studioworks wants to build a 13-storey, 49-unit residential building as an addition to the existing church rectory at 2267 Brunswick Street.
No public meetings.
Tobacco Tie Workshop (5pm, International Centre) — people from the Mi’Kmaw Native Friendship Centre will teach how to make tobacco ties.
Shakespeare (7:30pm, Dalhousie Art Gallery) — there’s a film adaptation of a Shakespeare play being screened. Which play, and which film, we don’t know, as the event listing hasn’t been updated since last week.
It’s Not About Us (1pm, Library Room LI135) —Todd Leader will talk about his book It’s Not About Us: The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada.
In the harbour
1am: Ningbo Express, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for New York
6am: Asian Moon, container ship, arrives at Pier 31 from Mariel, Cuba
6am:Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, arrives at Pier 41 from St. John’s
6am: ZIM Vancouver, container ship, arrives at Pier 42 from Valencia, Spain
11am: ZIM Piraeus, container ship, arrives at Pier 41 from New York
1pm: NYK Demeter, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from Rotterdam
4pm: Oberon, car carrier, sails from Pier 31 for sea
4:30pm: ZIM Vancouver, container ship, sails from Pier 42 for New York
10:30pm: ZIM Piraeus, container ship, sails from Pier 41 for Kingston, Jamaica
11am: Asian Moon, container ship, sails from Pier 31 for sea
I survived the Great Storm of November 2016.