“Nova Scotia continues to resist a sales pitch from Ottawa to sign on to its system for reducing emissions starting in January 2019,” reports Jennifer Henderson:
That resistance comes despite a warning different carbon pricing regimes within Atlantic Canada could drive up administrative costs for companies such as Irving Oil, Wilson Fuels, Northern Pulp, and Lafarge Cement. Those are among 20 companies that emit more than 50,000 tonnes of carbon a year in Nova Scotia; many of the companies also do business in New Brunswick, which is adopting Ottawa’s paperwork and carbon pricing system.
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2. Human Rights Commission
“Folks deeply unhappy about the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission rallied in front of its office on Spring Garden Road this morning,” reports Robert Devet:
The rally was organized by Equity Watch, a new organization that aims to call out public and private employers who refuse to stamp out bullying, misogyny and systemic discrimination in their workplaces.
The Commission is too reluctant to take on cases, too slow altogether and too quick to settle in the few cases it does take on, and not communicating with the plaintiffs, the protesters say. Almost all protesters had first-hand experience interacting with the Commission, and all were frustrated and felt let down by an organization that is supposed to stand up for them.
Among the speakers who addressed the rally was Liane Tessier, the Halifax firefighter who last year received an apology from the City and the Fire Department for the years of bullying and misogyny she had to endure.
“10 years ago I naively believed that the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission would investigate my complaint of gender discrimination within the Halifax Fire service. I made my complaint in 2007, five years later my case was dismissed without a fair investigation. I felt betrayed by a Commission that claims to uphold the value of human rights, and I still do,” Tessier told the crowd.
3. That damn Boer War monument
“The McNeil government has shelved plans to turn a parking lot used by MLAs into green space and to give the Nova Scotia Legislature grounds a complete makeover in time for Province House’s 200th anniversary next year,” reports Jean Laroche for the CBC:
The province will instead go ahead with only half the plan and leave the parking spaces for elected representatives, possibly until 2024.
I don’t care about the parking one way or the other, but can we discuss that damn Boer War monument?
Laroche goes on to interview Joe Ballard, president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, who says something ridiculous:
“We often forget about the South African campaign and it gets lost with more recent wars, but it was significant and I think it deserves greater honour than having cars parked around it,” said Ballard.
Please. The Boer War exemplified everything horrible about humanity, about imperialism, about the British Empire, about Canada, about Halifax, and about the boys and men who fought it. It was shameless slaughter conducted by vile people for despicable reasons.
The statue is a festering boil on the grounds of Province House and on the reputations of everyone employed there. I say keep the cars around long enough that one of them indadvertedly knocks the damn thing down, or at least the collective soot from the vehicles dirties the thing beyond recognition.
4. Bay Ferries doesn’t get pilot exemption
There’s a small matter I’ve been keeping my eye on: Maine’s L.D. 1752, a bill in the Maine legislature that would give an exemption to the requirement that ships hire pilots to navigate into Portland Harbor, at a cost of $709 to $1,077 per trip.
The bill was introduced by state Senator Mark Dion, D-Portland, and would have only benefited Bay Ferries, the operator of the Yarmouth ferry. I have no idea why Dion championed a cause that cut the jobs of some of his constituents for the financial benefit of a foreign corporation (Bay Ferries is headquartered on PEI).
In any event, the bill has failed, and so Bay Ferries will have to keep hiring the pilots.
1. “I Am Queen Mary”
“As a Black woman who marks a dental visit in Denmark as a milestone in my life, I was thrilled to learn that the country now boasts a major public art work that honours a woman of African descent,” writes Evelyn C. White:
Recently unveiled in Copenhagen, the “I Am Queen Mary” statue pays homage to Mary Thomas, a Caribbean woman who, in 1878, led a revolt against Danish colonizers in the West Indies. Hailed as “the three queens,” Thomas and two other Black women commandeered the uprising that set ablaze fifty sugar plantations and most of Frederiksted, St. Croix.
But that’s just the beginning. White takes us through a fascinating story that leads through Huey Newton and right into her own mouth. This piece is great fun.
2. Cultural hubba hubba
Stephen Archibald uses the announcement of a joint Art Gallery of Nova Scotia/NSCAD “cultural hub” as an excuse to trace the history of both institutions (his photos of old Granville Street are wondrous), then has his say on the new plan:
So what do I really think about the cultural hub concept? I’m conflicted. I’m fond of both institutions. Every year we give both of them a little money because it is important for them to have many small donors as well as the big philanthropists who will actually enable changes to happen.
One of the big reasons I appreciate the Gallery and the College is that they stepped up and brought new life to parts of the city that were dead in the 70s and 80s. I recognize that their current buildings have all kinds of challenges but part of the planning for a new hub should include a bright future for the old locations.
The east side of Granville Street, where NSCAD is located, is such an amazing survival. Compare it to the lifeless west side of the block or how the Royal Bank sucked all the energy out of the next street. Do you remember the window displays that the NSCAD Ceramics students used to install in the Morse’s Tea building.? We always loved the class project to make clay chickens. The Ceramics Department got relocated to that perforated metal clad, black box at the Seaport. I have no idea what students are making now.
Maybe I’ll just let the young folks decide what will happen in the future. I’ve certainly enjoyed the past.
No public meetings.
Reducing Environmental Impact by Using CO2-switchable Materials and Surfaces (Friday, 1:30pm, Room 226, Chemistry Building) — Philip Jessop from Queen’s University will speak.
Mount Saint Vincent
Ke’kutnuk, Wet-taqane’wasi, Wije’wm ksalsuti; Knowing, Identity, Passion (Friday, 12pm, Seton 430) — Nicholas Phillips, Director of Early Education in Millbrook First Nation, will speak.
In the harbour
8:45am: USS Little Rock, U.S. combat ship, sails from Dockyard for sea
10am: YM Movement, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from Colombo, Sri Lanka
10:30am: Catharina Schulte, container ship, sails from Pier 42 for sea
4:30pm: Nolhanava, ro-ro cargo, sails from Pier 36 for Saint-Pierre
Another early morning for me; gotta run.