1. Captive whales may be coming to Nova Scotia
“An organization planning to build a $15-million sanctuary for captive whales is scouting locations in Nova Scotia,” reports Chris Lambie:
The Whale Sanctuary Project has checked out a dozen sites between Lunenberg and Guysborough that could become a home for between five and eight orcas, belugas and other cold-water cetaceans that spent their lives in the concrete tanks of theme parks and aquariums.
“We’re actually talking about a netted-off area — not a pen or a tank — of at least 65 acres along the coast,” said Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and marine mammal expert who heads the non-profit outfit.
“What we’re going to be giving them is so much more space and depth than they’ve ever had in a tank.”
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I’ve long admired reporter Chris Lambie’s work. Lambie is one of the striking Chronicle Herald reporters; since the strike started, he’s been set free a bit to explore his interests, and he’s been writing increasingly about science matters that interest me.
One of my interests is animal cognition, and so I really wanted to go to Marino’s talk yesterday, but conflicting scheduling made that impossible. Fortunately, I was able to pay Lambie to go in my stead, and he came back with an important story.
There’s a huge gap in reporting on issues at local universities, and I’d like the Examiner to be able to fill the void, at least in part. But of course that costs money. Your subscription helps make that possible.
Don’t forget to vote. Polling information here.
On today’s Examineradio, which airs on CKDU 88.1 FM at 4:30pm and will be available as a podcast at about the same time, we run through each of the municipal election districts.
I may break my usual weekend writing hiatus and publish results tomorrow evening or Sunday morning.
3. Permanent residents and voting
CBC reporter Nina Corfu revisits the issue of allowing permanent residents to vote in Halifax city elections.
I was a temporary and then a permanent resident for 10 years before getting finally getting my citizenship. (And I was an easy case; getting the paperwork in line can take many years.) The most recent federal election was the first in which I cast a vote, and tomorrow will be the first time I vote in a Halifax municipal election. I’ve yet to vote in a provincial election.
Having gone through the lengthy citizenship process, I’m inclined to think that we should extend the franchise to people who are queuing up for citizenship but haven’t yet received it. If nothing else, it sends a welcoming message. People can disagree, but I think that’s at least how the debate should be framed.
Still, I pause when Corfu interviews Athanasios Tolitis, a Greek man who immigrated to Halifax a few years ago. The first words out of Tolitis’s mouth are “I pay my taxes,” implying that voting and taxing are linked. Hopefully, Tolitis means it as a simple expression of being a person who is involved in his community, in terms of both rights and responsibilities, and so good on him. But I fear that he might mean that paying taxes entitles him to a vote. Despite my “no taxation without representation” American heritage, that’s a formulation I can’t agree with. I’m afraid we have been going down this rabbit hole for some time — that by paying taxes we become customers of government, and that we have purchased a claim on services and rights. I’ve probably lost everyone by now, but I dislike this formulation; I want our relationship to government to be one of involvement and responsibility, as community members with shared purpose. In that sense, I think citizenship matters, whether we have the piece of paper or not.
4. Province House
About 100 protesters welcomed MLAs to Province House yesterday, the first day of the fall seating of the legislature, reports Robert Devet:
Protesters talked about Alton Gas, Harrietsfield water quality issues, concerns about the the Avon River, turbines in the Bay of Fundy, the Pictou Pulp Mill, glyphosate spraying, clear cutting, offshore oil exploration, but also rising tuition fees, workers rights, and that list goes on.
Stacey Rudderham, a vocal (and victorious) opponent of the Fall River Quarry, is one of the many grassroots activists who was behind today’s rally.
“We tend to look at all these issues as segregated, and I believe that is an intentional tactic on behalf of government to prevent the true issues behind all these causes to be understood,” Rudderham told the Nova Scotia Advocate.
“Today we all come together united to show that we are all in this together and that it’s time the province starts treating citizens differently. We are tired of being ignored,” she said.
1. Fenwick Tower
“I generally like the concrete mega-structures of this period, but Fenwick [Tower] always felt like it was unfinished or at least under-detailed,” writes Stephen Archibald:
It is startling how the tower was injected into the streetscape of two-story Halifax boxes. Timid buttresses at the base of the tower were a strange little gesture that acknowledged the ground-hugging neighbours. The building was designed by the prominent local architecture firm Dumaresq and Byrne.
But Archibald is a fan of the rebuilding project currently underway.
2. Cranky letter of the day
On these beautiful fall days, when we welcome the mighty cruise ships and their thousands of passengers, we are concerned that they should have a memorable visit. We think they will not find us exciting enough, and that they are looking for something more to see and do than we are offering them.
And yet they come. Perhaps we shouldn’t worry so much about them.
Last year we took a river cruise down the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. One of our memories was of an enjoyable afternoon when we wandered around the lovely town of Breisach. We remember the friendly clerk in the pharmacy who took the time to find the German equivalent of Tylenol for us, and the man in the computer store who explained that modern laptops all automatically convert to 220 volts when required.
I am sure many cruisers enjoy walking around our downtown in the same manner. We do not need to feel they have to be entertained all the time. They have plenty of that aboard ship. Just saying.
Allan McIntosh, Westmount
And the sole comment to the letter, from Marie:
WHO WAS WORRIED.
No meetings scheduled.
Pianist (11:30am, Room 406, Dalhousie Arts Centre) — Canadian concert pianist Janina Fialkowska performs as part of her year-long “Birthday Celebration Tour.”
Drugs (1:30pm, Chemistry Room 226) — Kevin Bateman will speak on “Drug Discovery and Development As Seen Through the Eyes of an Analytical Chemist.”
The Ruby Trio (2:30pm, Room 406, Dalhousie Arts Centre) — violinist Terri Croft, cellist Amahl Arulanandam, and pianist Alex Seredenko present a chamber music masterclass.
Iranian Revolution (3:30pm, Room 1170, Marion McCain Building) — Naghmeh Sohrabi will speak on “Remembering the Palestine Group: Memory, History, and the Iranian Revolution.”
“Ghost in Translation” (3:30pm, Room 1102, Marion McCain Building) — Paolo Matteucci will give a talk for the Department of French. Being French, they’ll have wine and cheese and such afterwards.
In the harbour
6:45am: Serenade of the Seas, cruise ship, arrives at Pier 22 from Saint John with up to 2,580 passengers
7:15am: Nolhanava, ro-ro cargo, arrives at Pier 36 from Saint-Pierre
10:30am: AIDAdiva, cruise ship, arrives at Pier 20 from Boston with up to 2,050 passengers
11am: Valle Azzurra, oil tanker, arrives at Imperial Oil from Houston
11:30am: Splendid Ace, car carrier, sails from Autoport for sea
4:30pm: Nolhanava, ro-ro cargo, sails from Pier 36 for Saint-Pierre
4:30pm: NYK Constellation, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for Southhampton, England
6:30pm: Serenade of the Seas, cruise ship, sails from Pier 22 for Boston
7:30pm: AIDAdiva, cruise ship, sails from Pier 20 for Quebec
8:30pm: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, sails from Pier 41 for St. John’s
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