Today’s Morning File is by guest writer Lewis Rendell.
1. Unfiltered Brewing is suing the NSLC
The foul mouthed fellows behind one of north end Halifax’s newest breweries (the aptly named Unfiltered Brewing) are suing the NSLC over fees they say are unfair. As CBC reports, the brewery claims that the LC’s fifty cent per litre markup fee (“Retail Mark-Up Sales Allocation”) cost the local upstart roughly $24,000 in its first year of business.
Unfiltered’s case rests on the claim that the NSLC fee is “unconstitutional” because though it applies, the brewery’s products do not appear in NSLC retail stores and its owners say they receive no benefits or services from the corporation.
The issue will go to court on September 6th. No word on whether the proprietors will cuss out the corporation the way they do dissenting voices on Twitter.
Buy a growler or take the sticker or fuck off. https://t.co/ssyx9YIzfE
— Unfiltered Brewing (@unfilteredbrews) August 15, 2016
2. Halifax Transit bus driver quits amid child luring accusations
A video of a confrontation posted to Facebook by vigilante “creep catcher” Reggie Cameron prompted a Halifax Transit bus driver (one of two bus drivers who was accused of child luring two years ago) to leave his post behind the wheel. Creep catchers pose as minors on dating sites and wait for adults to arrange meetings before showing up to film and shame the would-be “creeps.”
As Tim reported yesterday, ‘Cameron posed as a 15-year-old girl on the dating app Skout. Skout allows users to be as young as 13 years old if they have parental approval. In Cameron’s case, he posed as a girl whose posted age was 23, but whose first post was “Messed up my profile, I’m only 15.”’
Cameron’s video of his encounter with the bus driver at a local mall has been viewed over 40,000 times.
Read the full story here.
3. Notorious pimp Florence Young granted parole
After being granted day parole in December 2015 following 16 months in custody, Florence Muriel Young, 37, is now out on full parole, reports the CBC. In August 2014, Young pleaded guilty to 5 prostitution-related charges, some of which involved minors.
4. Penny who?
As Monty Mosher reports for Local Xpress, we should all be watching for 14-year-old Jade Hannah, a swimming phenom from Halifax who’s giving a big ol’ middle finger to existing records and breaking them like she was built for it. Hannah has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics and the city should be waving a big foam finger for her as she trains. As the current Olympic games chug on, may we all be reminded that teen girls are magic.
When I was 14, I was smoking peach cigarillos in a boat while I trolled for trout.
1. The Chronicle Herald does a bad thing
Now, I don’t have a journalism degree but I’m pretty sure they teach you not to do this on like the first day of J-school.
AllNovaScotia reports that a Herald scab sent a draft of a story to a gov't spokesperson before publishing. Real reporters know better.
— Frances Willick (@fwillick) August 15, 2016
2. Totally Justified Cranky Letter of the Day
Over at The Coast, a Love The Way We Bitch outlines exactly the kind of casual violence women encounter on a daily basis. The “bitcher” says:
Me: the bride on my bachelorette party
You: a random man who gave me a few puffs of a joint
Apparently you thought it was okay to pull me backwards a few feet by my hair in order to get my attention. I want you to know that you hurt me and that what you did was not okay. Thanks for sharing your j, but that doesn’t give you a right to touch me, let alone assault me. Go fuck yourself.—Sore Scalp
As a young woman, this situation is not unfamiliar to me. Neither are the comments calling the woman a liar. I used to tweet every catcall hurled at me from a construction site or passing car, but cut it out because I didn’t think folks would believe me anymore, especially given the frequency with which it happens.
If someone touches me inappropriately (see: the time I was groped at the Marquee Club, the time a man spit on me outside the Propeller brewery, the time I was grabbed by the front of my jacket and called a bitch on my walk to a friend’s place, the time a man asked me if I wanted to “neck like teenagers” and touched my thighs as I watched a hockey game) I’m even less likely to use a public forum to talk about it because of the loud (male) voices telling me I’m a liar or a softie or that I was asking for it.
I just wanted to use this public forum to tell the Coast “bitcher” that I see her and hear her and believe her and that I’m sorry this happened to her.
Because we can’t have nice things like major concert tours stopping in, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be hosting Tragically Hip karaoke all week, with proceeds benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society. It’s touching and kind of small town embarrassing, but I love it.
No public meetings.
No events scheduled.
In the harbour
3am: Dalian Express, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for Cagliari, Italy
11am: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, arrives at Pier 41 from St. John’s
3:30pm: California Highway, car carrier, sails from Autoport for sea
4pm: Tokyo Express, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from Rotterdam
11pm: Atlantic Cartier, ro-ro container, arrives at Fairview Cove from New York
3am: Tokyo Express, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for New York
6am: ZIM Barcelona, container ship, arrives at HalTerm from New York
9am: Tahoma, US Coast Guard cutter, sails from NC5 for sea
Tim will be on The Rick Howe Show, at 10:15am today, talking about excellence in bureaucratic hiring.
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