1. Thiel suit over Nova Centre continues
Yesterday, the Examiner published the court documents filed by the Thiel family. The Thiels are asking a judge to rule that by granting the exemptions to allow construction of the Nova Centre, the province violated both the provincial Municipal Government Act and the HRM Charter. You can find the court documents here. That article is behind the Examiner pay wall and so available only to paid subscribers; click here to purchase a subscription.
The Thiels own the bank towers downtown—the BMO and RBC buildings and, most relevant, the TD Centre, which is currently undergoing renovations and expansion. The Thiels argue that by exempting Joe Ramia’s Nova Centre development from city building and planning regulations, the province has unfairly allowed Ramia to try to poach their TD Centre tenants. See, several leases at the TD Centre expire at the end of 2015, and the exemptions given to Ramia allow him to speed up construction and to open Nova Centre by January of 2016. The Thiels say Ramia is telling their tenants they can move up the hill when their leases expire.
Yesterday afternoon, Justice Jamie Campbell dismissed a provincial motion to toss the Thiels’ suit, and scheduled a November 27 hearing for the suit itself.
The Thiels’ lawyer, Victor Goldberg, made an important observation at yesterday’s hearing: “Cannibalization shouldn’t be confused with economic growth.” The point being that even if Ramia is able to fill his shiny new 15-storey office building by poaching tenants from other buildings downtown, that’s not a net plus for downtown.
2. Catie Miller’s cell phone found
We learn more about Miller’s disappearance in this short CTV news clip than we’ve learned in all the previous three weeks combined. For some unfathomable reason, the public still hasn’t been given Miller’s exact home address, for example. Why not? We get vague statements, incomplete information, and no concrete details. It’s beyond time to get specific: potentially, a woman’s life is at stake.
3. Abortion protestors
A group of anti-abortion protestors from Ontario have been picketing around town the last couple of days, showing pictures of what they say are aborted fetuses, in an apparent attempt to entice people into a life of sexist attitudes, oppression of women, self-denial, closeted homoeroticism, sanctimoniousness, and the other attributes of fundamentalism. Yesterday, they showed up on South Park Street, but were met with counter-protestors carrying signs about love and respect.
4. North Park Street bones belonged to a pig
5. Where “unacceptable” means “acceptable”
Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine told the CBC that the ongoing noxious odours from the Northern Pulp Mill are “unacceptable,” except he’ll entirely accept the situation until next year, at least, then who knows?
5. Crazy cat lady convention
1. Peter Duffy’s ghost
Slim pickings this morning in the opinion file. I’ve perused all my bookmarks, checked out the HalifaxBloggers collection, wondered if Parker Donham or Bill Black had something interesting or ridiculous to say, looked through the letters to the editor at the Chronicle Herald, and still nothing worth posting. Peter Ziobrowski, who supplies us harbour information, complains that even the ships are boring today. It’s official: the commentariat has taken the day off.
So I’m forced to leave you with this blast from the past, former Chronicle Herald columnist Peter Duffy’s encounter with a sodomizing ghost (scroll down).
Regional Watersheds Advisory Board (5pm, Helen Creighton Room, Alderney Library)—It’s technical stuff, but important: ever so slowly, the city is heading towards developing a municipality-wide grading ordinance that will provide some protection to waterways.
No public meetings.
On this date in 1955, 40,000 people showed up for the official opening of the Canso Causeway. Fifty-nine years later, skunks are appreciative.
Thesis Defence, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (9:30am, Room 14-B2, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building)—Masters student Nigel Chapman will defend his thesis, “Probing GPCR Activation: Functional Analysis of the N-Terminus and Extracellular Loops of the Apelin Receptor.” Yep, that.
The internet is full of smart people doing interesting things. One of them is Drew Gibson, who publishes Virtually Suppressed.
In the harbour
(click on vessel names for pictures and more information about the ships)
Charles Dickens to Kingston, Jamaica
It’s interesting to explore the MarineTraffic.com live map of ships, toggling around the world to look at various ports. This morning I moved the map over to Yarmouth, and caught this glimpse of the fishing boats working around Seal Island, with the Nova Star coming in from the west:
The Kings Arms Pub in Kentville closed last month, but the space has been taken over by Lew Murphy’s Grill and Bar, formerly of Colbrook. The new space is renamed the Kings Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s, and will reopen tomorrow.
The city is tendering for painters to do bylaw “remedy” scraping and painting repairs to two houses on the peninsulas—2582 Maynard Street and 6314 Willow Street—and a three-storey apartment building in Fairview, at 8 Vimy Avenue. Some property owners would rather let the city take care of exteriors repair than deal with it themselves; in such cases a lien is put on the property to cover expenses.