1. Dal rejects divestment
Yesterday, the Dalhousie Board of Governors rejected a call for the university to stop investing in greenhouse gas-intensive corporations, fearing that making a statement against climate change might cause oil and energy companies to stop funding university programs.
Reporter Rachel Ward was at the meeting, and got all the choice quotes of people who will trade the future of humanity for short term profit. This article is behind the Examiner pay wall and so available only to paid subscribers. To purchase a subscription, click here.
2. Publication ban
Hilariously, reporter Alison Auld wrote an article for the Canadian Press about the Chronicle Herald violating the publication ban on Rehtaeh Parsons’ name without mentioning either the Chronicle Herald or Rehtaeh Parsons. I especially like the photo CTV put to the story; they redacted Rehtaeh’s name throughout but absent-mindedly left the “Chronicle Herald” up on the upper left corner. Watch out, the publication ban police are going to go ruffle Bruce Frisko’s hair.
“I would not support a CFL stadium,” Mayor Mike Savage tells Metro reporter Ruth Davenport. “I support a stadium where the CFL could be held. But to ask people if they support a CFL stadium, that’s the wrong question.”
4. High Life
For some reason, the CBC has decided to draw attention to the High Life Social Club, a medical marijuana vapour lounge that has been operating peacefully on Spring Garden Road since the summer. “I heard the pizza place next door has been getting a lot of extra business,” owner Chris Henderson said.
4. Oathill Lake
Life in Oathill Lake, up the hill from Lake Banook, has been choked off from lawn fertilizers and dog poop running into the lake. But the Oathill Lake Conservation Society has been working to educate people about the problems and has installed a solar-powered recirculating system that is bringing the lake back to life.
1. Boring pictures of Halifax
Inspired by the minimalist photographer Walker Evans, in the 1960s and 70s Stephen Archibald took a lot of photos of what he now calls “boring” Halifax—storefronts and the like. I particularly like this set of photos, and best of all is the sequence he took in front of Mills Brothers on Spring Garden Road. “A baby in a wonderful, vintage, wicker perambulator has been left outside while its mother went in to shop,” explains Archibald. “In those days the village enjoyed a street baby, now they would call the cops and report it as abandoned.”
2. Transit First
Sean Gillis says that Halifax Transit’s reworked routing and scheduling proposal, to be revealed in January, should have high-frequency (every 15 minutes or better) routes with direct service.
Audit and Finance Standing Committee (10am, City Hall)—Halifax Transit is purchasing nine buses next year. Originally four of those buses were going to replace older buses, while the remaining five would be used for expanded service. That expansion is delayed a year, however, so it needs council approval to use all nine buses to replace older buses.
Community Design Advisory Committee (11:30am, City Hall)—the committee is going to talk about public engagement, which is always a barrel of monkeys.
St. Margaret’s Bay Coastal Planning Advisory Committee (6:30pm, Tantallon Public Library Program Room)—the committee is meeting solely to decide when they will next meet.
Part of the discussion around the Ferguson demonstrations in the US is the observation that police forces have become militarized, employing surplus army gear given to police for free. Much the same has happened in Canada, with tanks delivered to the New Glasgow and Windsor police departments.
The effect of this militarization is to change the nature of police forces, and of individual police officers. The long history of abuse of power and inappropriate policing aside, at their idealized best cops were rightly celebrated as protectors of public order. We’ve all seen great cops: the tough dudes who could diffuse a potentially violent situation through presence of mind and the judicious use of force at not inconsiderable risk to themselves. But of late, cops have evolved from people who put their lives on the line for our safety to people who can suffer no risk at all to their safety. No expense of money or civil liberty is too great. Tanks, spy equipment, kill first and ask questions later. Cops were once the tough guys among us protecting us. Now they’re verging on becoming an occupying army, forever the other, hiding behind a shield of weaponry.
All of which is to say the Halifax PD is ordering sniper rifles outfitted with night scopes like the one pictured above. But to even question such purchases is now beyond the limits of acceptable discourse.
Public Accounts (9am, Province House)—Bret Mitchell, the president and CEO of the NS Liquor Commission, will be asked if he’s watering down the booze.
On this date in 1985, Maxine Cochran, the MLA for Lunenburg Centre, was appointed Minister of Transportation. This made her the very first female cabinet minister in Nova Scotia.
Cochran died this past summer at the age of 87.
The European Union’s interest in the Arctic Ocean (12:30pm, Lord Dalhousie Room, Henry Hicks Building)—Mathilde Jacquot, a doctoral student from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France, will be talking.
Jim Stanford (Wednesday, 7:30pm, Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Building)—the economist and Globe and Mail columnist will talk on “Money, Myths and Manipulation: Debunking Austerity Economics.”
Pull My Daisy and Me And My Brother (Wednesday, 8pm, Dalhousie Art Gallery)—the promo for the film screenings explains:
Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, USA, 1959, 1969, 30 minutes, 91 minutes. Nova Scotia resident Robert Frank’s unorthodox films broke new ground somewhere between documentary and fiction, with performances by Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso and many other Beat luminaries.
Fisheries management (Thursday, 3:30pm, Fifth Floor Lounge in the Biology wing of the Life Sciences Centre)—Ian Bradbury, from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, will be talking on “Scanning the genomes of exploited marine species: population genomics and fisheries management.”
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Seminar (Thursday, 4pm, Theatre D, CRC Building)—Eric Fisher will talk on “Quality Control of VLDL Production in a Hepatic Protein Factory.”
Aboriginal health research (Thursday, 7pm, Room 303, Dalhousie Student Union Building)—the promo for the event explains:
A public event where three panelists will discuss the changing landscape of Aboriginal health research over the past 25 years. Drawing on their own research experiences they will start a conversation that asks: What should Aboriginal health research look like in the future?
Moderated by Diana Lewis-Campbell, Union of Nova Scotia Indians Tribal Council, and PhD Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University. The panelists for this discussion are Fred Wien, Amy Bombay and Debbie Martin.
Art, Medicine, Science and Technology (Thursday, 7pm, Theatre A, Tupper Building)—Kim Morgan, the artist-in-residence for the Medical Humanities HEALS Program at Dalhousie, will be presenting.
First Ministers’ conferences have been held since 1950. No longer. Stephen Harper has done away with them.
In the harbour
(click on vessel names for pictures and more information about the ships)
Zim Constanza, Valencia to Pier 42, then sails for New York
Dallas Express, container ship, New York to Fairview Cove
Skelt, bulker, Portsmouth to Anchor for bunkers, then to Sea
APL Pearl, container ship, Port Said, Egypt to Fairview Cove.
Faust sails for New York
Hilary Beaumont and I will be on the Sheldon MacLeod show today, 4pm at News 95.7.