1. Pressmen, Chronicle Herald have deal
“The Chronicle Herald has reached a tentative agreement with its 13 locked out press operators and mechanics, the company announced Friday morning,” writes a Chronicle Herald reporter who is unnamed because reporters are still on a byline strike in support of the locked out pressmen:
Martin O’Hanlon, the president of the HTU’s parent union, the Communications Workers of America (Canada), said the tentative agreement would essentially see the elimination of the press workers’ early retirement benefits, including a lump-sum payment and a monthly benefit that would bridge them to retirement.
O’Hanlon estimated the savings to the company to be at least $2 million in long-term liability costs over 10 to 15 years and the monetary value of the loss of workers’ benefits to be about $250,000 per employee over the same time frame.
The tentative agreement includes a wage freeze, O’Hanlon said.
“This is not a good deal. I mean, Mark Lever, I’m sure he’s pleased, but obviously our members will not be pleased. If they vote to accept this, it’s grudgingly,” O’Hanlon said. “It’s been a very unpleasant negotiation. The company has demanded an awful lot, and it’s just a shame that the employees have to bear the brunt of it.”
A union vote on the deal will be held this weekend, and if it is approved the pressmen could return to work as soon as Monday.
“The Tri-County Regional School has removed a contest-winning student poster that depicted a black slave in chains from the halls of Shelburne Regional High School,” reports Amy Woolvet of the Shelburne Coast Guard. A community member complained about the poster, seen above, because it depicts a black man enslaved. Lisa Doucet, a curriculum advisor with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, explained her position as follows:
It is important to note the distinction between history, things that happen to a group of people, and heritage which encompasses things like culture, values and achievements. African people having been enslaved is a part of the history but does not speak to culture they had before enslavement or the culture that African Nova Scotians have been building.
As a school system we have the responsibility to make school spaces welcoming and inclusive places. It is important to have respect for the feelings and experiences of people of African descent in terms of how they feel when presented with a depiction of a person in chains without context.
The poster was selected through a competition held by the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, and the winning entry was ” a reflection of a young artist’s visit to the Black Loyalist Heritage Museum and the artist was asked to show what images she walked away from that day.”
The removal of the poster has generated considerable discussion on a private Facebook page for Shelburne High students, reports Willet:
SRHS student, Oshia MacKay, who is of black heritage, was one of those who openly disagreed with the decision.
“Our history isn’t all happy,” she said. “We can’t look back and pretend it didn’t happen.”
She said she was shocked when the school board made the decision to remove the artwork. She felt this was the first time she has felt school officials were censoring her education.
“They are usually honest and complete,” she said. “The artwork was created for black history …representing what happened.”
3. Emera exec pay
Emera, the parent corporation to Nova Scotia Power, released its executive compensation yesterday. It includes:
President and CEO Chris Huskilson took home total compensation — including his salary, bonus, and stock options — worth $4.6 million.
Scott Balfour, Emera’s chief financial officer and newly appointed executive in charge of U.S. and Caribbean operations, took home a tidy $1.8 million.
Rob Bennett, Emera’s chief operating officer and newly appointed executive in charge of its eastern Canadian division, earned $1.5 million.
4. Ryan Millet
Ryan Millet, the Dal Dentistry student whose actions ultimately led to the public learning about the misogynistic Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen Facebook page, has been conditionally allowed to return to classes, but only if he admits his guilt “through submission to a variety of remedial initiatives, including private counselling, written essays and public lectures,” says his lawyer, Bruce MacIntosh.
Millet is weighing his options.
Bob Howse, the editor-in-chief at the Chronicle Herald, writes an editorial for the paper about every two months. This time around, he praises Spock, who was just like Gandhi, if Gandhi was a crew officer on a spaceship that was loaded with missiles, photon torpedoes, plasma cannons, and other futuristic weapons that would make our present-day genocidal war criminals drool with envy.
(I write stuff like this just to get hate mail from geeks. They’re so cute.)
2. This Hour has 22 Minutes: Halifax Tourism Ad
It’s funny because it’s true:
3. Cranky letter of the day
What do Open Pen Fish Farms and Provincial Parks have in Common? Until now absolutely nothing. However, in the past few days our government has been facing a couple of dilemma’s (sic). Provincial Campgrounds have not been profitable and to save money they plan to allow their guest to stay on the honor system, whatever that means. Second, is what to do about open pen fish farms, from recovering $25 million of tax payers dollars, super chills killing yet more fish to accepting the Doelle–Lahey report. I for one have been complaining about both of these issues for years but now I am offering a solution that should help almost everyone.
Being a private campground operator and an opponent of open pen fish farms what I am about to suggest may at first sound like it is somewhat self serving but if you read on you will see what I suggest would benefit all Nova Scotians.
May I propose a solution to both of these concerns. By accepting the Doelle-Lahey report our government could get the open pen salmon farms out of the water and on land where they will be so much more friendly to mother nature. Better yet let’s get the Provincial Government to lease portions of these provincial campgrounds to any responsible local fish farmer who wishes to grow on land. By doing this it would give land based farms a boost they need to get started and employ more local people. Communities who feel they may suffer from losing a provincial campground in their area, could lease the remainder of this campground to maintain some sites and run it as a community project and provide even more much needed jobs.
The Nova Scotian tax payer will no longer be burdened with supporting losing ventures.
Tourism can flourish, knowing the coastal waters of Nova Scotia with be safe, accessible and remain our best tourism attraction. Our new land based entrepreneur could even do tours of their state of the art land based fish farms.
Those on the south shore who have really suffered the most and had their lives turned upside down could at least try to find some peace once again. I truly feel sorry for all you have endured but thank you dearly for warning us of what was to come. It was this warning and the look on your faces that encouraged many of us to dig in our heels.
Best of all, our children will thank us for helping to save their future, by allowing them to continue to swim in pristine waters, leave only their footprint on clean white sand beaches, to enjoy boating among our unspoiled islands and to continue eating fresh seafood from our bountiful coast.
Brian Murphy, Murphy Cove
Canadaland’s Sean Craig has a great post up headlined “Why the CBC’s Amanda Lang Review is Horseshit.”
Incidentally, I’ll be on a media criticism panel with Canadaland founder Jesse Brown at the Canadian Association of Journalists convention, behind held in Halifax in June. Moderating the panel will be no other than Jan Wong.
I guess I should start criticizing some media.
In the harbour
Toscana, to sea
They’re messing with the clocks tonight.