Hi, I’m Erica Butler, your Examiner transportation columnist, filling in for Tim today and tomorrow.
1. Film industry
Writes Stephen Kimber:
IATSE Local 849, the union that represents most film technicians in the province, has statistics showing its members worked 40,687 days in 2014, earning $11,120,665 in gross pay and pensions. In 2017, those numbers had tumbled over a cliff: just 13,454 days worked with gross pay and pensions — $3,842,454 — 65 per cent lower than in 2014.
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2. Burnside prisoners protest
The prisoners at the Burnside jail are engaged in a non-violent protest; here is their statement.
3. The Saudi exodus
“The Saudi exodus from Dalhousie Medical School could trigger a chronic multi-million dollar-sized migraine for the institution, possibly starting this fall, as it scrambles to replace a lost revenue stream,” reports Elizabeth Chambers:
Immediately in question is the collectability of an estimated $5.9 million in Saudi tuition for the current term.
Chambers goes on to report that at issue is not just annual tuition payments, but additionally the unacknowledged subsidy the students are providing for health services.
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4. Dartmouth fights off the NCA
A National Citizens’ Alliance (NCA) rally on Sunday in Dartmouth ended shortly after it began, with police escorting a half dozen organizers away through a large crowd of counterprotesters, reports Silas Brown for StarMetro Halifax.
You may recall the NCA from their appearance at this year’s Apple Blossom parade in Kentville, where they chanted, “We don’t want to become a globalist village,” and pleaded for protection of “Canada’s identity, culture and heritage.”
The NCA have since been banned from future Apple Blossom events, as well as being barred from hosting events at a Royal Canadian Legion, a church hall, and a hotel in Halifax, according to Rebecca Lau of Global News.
Meanwhile over in Halifax on a rainy Saturday, a few hundred people showed up for the rebirth of the multicultural festival, now dubbed Mosaic, reports Andrew Rankin in the Chronicle Herald. Rankin spoke to attendees who had a distinctly different vibe than the NCA:
“We just wanted to show our support and we think this is awesome,” said Laurie. “We should be celebrating our cultural diversity and supporting more immigration. History has shown we’re a much better province and country for it.”
5. Tidal environmental monitoring: hot potato edition
No one has implemented an approved contingency plan for environmental monitoring around the Cape Sharpe Tidal turbine spinning in the Minas Basin, and it appears no one will, reports Bruce Wark.
Wark reports that the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) has denied responsibility for near site monitoring, despite its role as “approval holder” for the entire tidal site:
Melissa Oldreive, who speaks for FORCE, said in an e-mail that Cape Sharp Tidal Inc., not FORCE, is responsible for monitoring near its turbine and for implementing a contingency plan to replace its environmental sensors which aren’t working.
“We are urging for the implementation of the approved program or contingency plans as soon as possible,” she wrote.
6. Immigration Canada is systematically separating refugee kids from their parents
Brian Hill of Global News tells the tale of an 11-year-old girl facing the horrible choice of remaining in Canada alone without her mother and brother, or returning to Sierra Leone with her family, where she runs the risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation.
This is the second story by Hill documenting the effects of a Canadian immigration policy that will not allow child refugees to include their own parents with their applications. Adult refugees can include family members including spouses and dependants, but children cannot include those they depend on.
The rule blocking kids from adding parents to their permanent residency applications applies to all child refugees in Canada, regardless of whether they arrive alone or with their family. It also applies when child refugees – such as Tenneh – have no one in Canada to care for them.
As Global News first reported in June, Immigration Canada has no evidence to support this policy. It says the rule is in place to prevent children, especially unaccompanied minors, from “exploitation,” but could not provide any research or statistical information to back up this assertion.
7. Invasive chain pickerel found in Kejimkujik
A young chain pickerel has been found inside Kejimkujik National Park, despite efforts to keep the invasive species out, reports Jenny Cowley for the CBC.
Chris McCarthy, resource conservation manager at the park, says the fish they found was small, but chain pickerel can grow to about a metre in length.
“One of [the] larger ones was cut open, and they actually found three baby snapping turtles in it,” McCarthy said about the species.
The fish are also quick to reproduce, leaving other native species at Kejimkujik at risk.
The chain pickerel was first found
in Nova Scotia in 2013 in the Petite Riviere watershed, where they may have wiped out the world’s last remaining Atlantic whitefish. Last year, chain pickerel pulled out of the LaHave river were found to have been feasting on Atlantic salmon smolts, according to reports by Paul Withers of the CBC, who has been covering the progress of the species.
While geologists gather in Halifax this week to figure out how to get more carbon out of the ground and into the atmosphere (see On Campus, below), CBC news reports that a crew of 21 Nova Scotian firefighters are en route to B.C., where nearly 600 wildfires are burning and the province has declared a state of emergency.
Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee (Monday, 4:30pm, City Hall) — on the agenda is Dexel Development’s proposal for 30-storey and 16-storey towers at the corner of Robie and Carlton Streets. Tim wrote about this here, here and here.
No government meetings for the rest of the week.
Conjugate Margins Conference (8am Monday through 4pm Wednesday, Student Union Building) — Starting today and going until Wednesday, research and industry scientists will gather for this government- and industry-sponsored conference “focused on improving knowledge on the geological evolution and petroleum prospectivity of divergent Atlantic margin basins.”
From the conference website: “The organizers strive to create a gathering that encourages the building of business and research relationships with the goal of improving knowledge and prospectivity of this under-explored global petroleum province.”
Thesis defence, Mathematics (Tuesday, 10:30am, Room 430, Goldberg Computer Science Building) — PhD candidate Evangelia Aleiferi will defend her thesis, “Cartesian Double Categories With An Emphasis On Characterizing Spans.”
Thesis defence, Sociology and Social Anthropology (Tuesday, 11am, Room 3107, Mona Campbell Building) — PhD candidate Diana Lewis will defend her thesis, “Tlilnuo’lti’k — Weji-sqalia’timk — How we will be Mi’kmaq on our Land: Working Together with Pictou Landing First Nation to Redefine a Healthy Community.”
In the harbour
Better late than never?