“Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil bristled Thursday under NDP questioning about a Liberal fundraising club that will hold an event this weekend at the governing party’s annual general meeting,” reports the Canadian Press:
During the legislature’s question period, NDP Leader Gary Burrill asked McNeil whether paying the $750 yearly fee to attend the Angus L. Club amounts to cash for access.
Burrill said the Liberals should be aware that questions have surrounded federal Liberal fundraisers and that perhaps changes should be made to avoid any potential appearance of gaining influence at “exclusive events.”
McNeil told the legislature there was no danger of that happening in Nova Scotia because of strict rules around political donations.
“I don’t know anybody in this house who is willing to sell their dignity for 750 bucks,” the premier shot back.
I dunno. How much do they really think they can get for that tattered and bruised dignity? It ain’t exactly a sellers’ market.
2. IWK defendants
Yesterday, I noted that Wagners law firm had filed a lawsuit against the IWK and five doctors on behalf of Lindsey Hubley, a woman who had contracted flesh-eating disease and had each of her four limbs amputated after giving birth at the hospital. Those doctors are:
Scott Mawdsley, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology who practices in Dartmouth;
Angus Murray, a senior resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the IWK;
Kaitlin Adare, a resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the IWK;
Angela Poirer, a general practitioner at the Atlantic Medical Clinic on Mumford Road;
Gilda Bowdridge, a general practitioner at 307-5880 Spring Garden Road
3. Convention centre
Events East (which is the rebranded Trade Centre Limited) and the city held a press conference to announce, er, something about local food — honestly, I can’t make heads or tails out of it.
There are a half dozen public spaces within two blocks of the convention centre, including the existing convention centre and City Hall, but for some reason the presser was held at the privately owned Stubborn Goat, perhaps because Goat owner Joe McGuinness is buds with Nova Centre developer Joe Ramia (who wasn’t at the presser, but still). McGuinness also owns Durty Nelly’s; back in 2013, McGuinness was barred for a year from drinking in his own bar after the bar was fined for serving underage patrons. But bygones, I guess: if you’re in the connected group, all sins are forgiven.
Anyway, I didn’t go to the presser, but both Metro and the CBC report that Events East CEO Carrie Cussons — did I mention that Cussons didn’t have to apply for the job, which was never advertised in any event? — said 30 national and international conventions have been booked. I’m presuming that means for next year, and does not include following years, but who knows, really? (Why doesn’t Events East simply announce what conventions are coming when, like on a publicly accessible web site?) If just 30 international and national conventions are booked over multiple years, then the thing is already a flaming failure.
But let’s presume those 30 international and national conventions are for next year alone. Is it rude to point out that the old Trade Centre Limited projected 31 such conventions were to be held the first year of operations of the new convention centre?
Even I don’t think one missing convention is a big deal. What matters isn’t the number of conventions so much as the expected delegate count, which Cussons didn’t provide (or if she did, it wasn’t reported).
I’ve said all along that the first few years of the convention centre will probably meet anticipated targets, as there’s the lure of a shiny new convention centre for event planners to book. We’ll really understand the viability of the thing from Year 4 out — for which TCL gave absurd projections.
4. Icarus report
An RCMP press release:
Halifax District RCMP would like to speak with the operator of a drone that was in the vicinity of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport property.
Just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, RCMP responded to a complaint that a pilot had observed a drone outside of the airport property while taking off from the airport’s secondary runway. Upon arrival, RCMP observed the drone flying in the in the vicinity of the airport. Extensive patrols were made, however, the drone and the operator were not located.
RCMP cannot stress enough the dangers involved with such actions. “Not only are you potentially jeopardizing the safety of all passengers and crew on flights, you are breaking the law,” says S/Sgt. Anthony Pompeo, Watch Commander – Halifax District RCMP.
The drone report hasn’t yet shown up on Transport Canada’s incident list. But since we’re at it, here’s other stuff that has happened at Stanfield International recently:
• On September 27, Air Canada Flight 616 from Toronto to Halifax declared an emergency due to “significant amount of smoke” in the cabin. The smoke was coming from a galley oven, and the crew sensibly cut power to the galley. Firetrucks lined the runway and prayers were uttered, but all ended well.
• On October 1, soon after Jazz Air Flight 8637 from Halifax to Ottawa took off, a cabin crew member “noted an unusual noise coming from the rear of the aircraft,” which upon investigation turned out to be an issue with pressurization. The flight returned to Halifax, where it was discovered that the seal to the plane’s cargo door was damaged.
1. Ethical arms
I’ve created a Venn diagram to explain the uproar in response to the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline:
No public meetings.
Legislature sits (Friday, 9am, Province House)
Obesity Management in 2017 (Friday, 9am, Auditorium, QEII health Sciences Centre) — a conference focusing on the education of obesity as a disease and its management. Fee: $25, RSVP [email protected].
Industrial R&D (Friday, 1:30pm, Chemistry Room 226) — Doug MacLaren from Imperial Oil will speak on “Insights on a Career in Industrial Research and Design – Lessons Learned at Dalhousie.”
Slavery (Friday, 3:30pm, Room 1170, Marion McCain Building) — Jared Hardesty, from Western Washington University, will speak on “Empire of Slavery: Bound Labor and the Making of the British Atlantic, 1689-1775.”
Violin Masterclass (Friday, 4:30pm, Room 406, Dalhousie Arts Centre) — Giora Schmidt will perform.
In the harbour
5am: Brevik Bridge, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from Fos Sur Mer, France
6:45am: Seven Seas Mariner, cruise ship with up to 779 passengers, arrives at Pier 31 from Sydney
7am: Pearl Mist, cruise ship with up to 216 passengers, arrives at Pier 23 from Bar Harbor
7:30am: Serenade of the Seas, cruise ship with up to 2,580 passengers, arrives at Pier 22 from Saint John
10:45am: Brevik Bridge, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for New York
11am: Malleco, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from Colombo, Sri Lanka
11:15am: AIDAdiva, cruise ship with up to 2,050 passengers, arrives at Pier 20 from Portland
2pm: CSL Tacoma, bulker, moves from Bedford Basin anchorage to National Gypsum
3:30pm: Pearl Mist, cruise ship, sails from Pier 23 for sea
4:30pm: Nolhanava, ro-ro cargo, sails from Pier 36 for Saint-Pierre
4:30pm: Seven Seas Mariner, cruise ship, sails from Pier 31 for Bar Harbor
6:30pm: Algoma Mariner, bulker, sails from National Gypsum for sea
6:30pm: Serenade of the Seas, cruise ship, sails from Pier 22 for Boston
7pm: Atlantic Sun, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from New York
8:30pm: AIDAdiva, cruise ship, sails from Pier 20 for Quebec
11pm: Malleco, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for New York
Sorry for the short Morning File. I’ve got a piece from Jennifer Henderson to publish this morning, and then the Examineradio podcast this afternoon.