1. Joseph Cameron
The man killed in Dartmouth Tuesday morning has been identified as 20-year-old Joseph Cameron. Yesterday, a gofundme page was set up to help Cameron’s family with funeral expenses.
“Those who knew Cameron say he spent time in Vancouver, but came home with plans to join the military,” reports CTV:
“That’s why he came back here, and was just cut-short on life,” said Steve Synnett, whose son was one of Cameron’s best friends. “Just like that. It’s a damn shame.”
The Synnett’s say Cameron was a “good kid” growing up and had a love for sports.
“He loves basketball,” said Sandra Synnett. “My son told me he used to go the basketball court, and he was always saying he was better than Kobe.”
Cameron went by the name Prince Polo on Facebook. Saturday night, he posted “Times almost up.” In the posts since, he was mostly looking for pot and complained, “Wtf wrong wit u dime bag dealers.”
2. Film work
The Atlantic council of the Directors Guild of Canada issued the following press release yesterday:
The Atlantic Regional Council of the Directors Guild of Canada today released employment statistics for their membership for 2014 and 2015. The numbers show a dramatic reduction in gross salaries paid and total days worked by Nova Scotia members of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). DGC attributes the decline to the elimination in April of 2015 of the Film & Television Labour Tax Credit.
The labour tax credit was replaced by the Film & Television Production Incentive Fund in July 2015, but the intricacies of the new fund have made financing projects in Nova Scotia very difficult. As a result, the province is currently uncompetitive with other production jurisdictions in Canada and around the world.
In 2014, gross salaries paid to Nova Scotia members of the DGC totalled $5.9 million dollars, and members worked over 12,000 days. In 2015, by stark contrast, gross salaries paid to Nova Scotia members of the DGC only totalled $3.1 million dollars, and members worked just 6,500 days. These figures represent an almost 50% drop in film and television business in just one year.
3. Pedestrian struck
“A pedestrian is in critical condition following a collision with a car on Highway 102 inbound near exit 2B to Larry Uteck Boulevard. It happened at 9:00 p.m.,” reports the CBC.
4. Mayann Francis
Former lieutenant-governor Mayann Francis tells the CBC she is regularly racially profiled in retail stores:
Francis tells a story about going into a store with a white, male friend. The saleswoman shadowed her the entire time, she said, and left her friend to do what he wanted — including walking out the door with a piece of unpaid merchandise in his hand.
Staff were so busy focusing on her, they didn’t notice her white friend, Francis said.
She asked to speak to a manager and when the employee asked why, Francis said: “because you were stalking me, and my friend right here had something in his hand and literally stepped out of the store, but you didn’t pay any attention to him.”
5. Doyle Block
“One of the Halifax Central Library’s most revered attributes is a 270-degree view of the city, including Citadel Hill, from the fifth-floor ‘living room’ area that juts out above Spring Garden Road,” reports Remo Zaccagna for Local Xpress:
But a group of residents is concerned a proposed development across the street will obstruct those views of the historic fort.
As a result, they want Westwood Developments Ltd. to build lower than the seven storeys the company is proposing for its mixed-use Doyle Street block redevelopment.
“What kind of city would build a $60-million library, trumpet the glorious view, and then give it away?” asked Larry Haiven, a professor at Saint Mary’s University’s Sobey School of Business and a member of Friends of Schmidtville.
But it’s not just the view from the library that is problematic. The Doyle block was previously occupied by four architecturally differentiated buildings, two of them quite distinctive. In contrast, the proposed building is a block-straddling monolith that will form a massive street wall, deadening what had been a lively and visually pleasing streetscape. It has a 1970s-era failed institutional feel to it, the Supertramp of Spring Garden Road: banally loud and utterly uninteresting.
1. Cranky letter of the day
Town of Truro rats are brazen. My friend and I watched one strolling along Prince Street one Friday afternoon.
He took a left, probably hungry, and didn’t have a care in the world that it wasn’t dark. Although nocturnal, this one was hanging out in broad daylight, perhaps domesticated like the town’s deer population.
We didn’t follow the rat but later realized its intelligence. There were large garbage bins with tops up and garbage exposed. Junk was strewn along the sidewalk and below the bins. This rodent was most likely “bellying up” to an easy buffet. He didn’t have to chew through these bins. They were wide open, tops up.
Whether you own your home, run a business, or own apartment buildings, garbage is the responsibility of the owner. Most citizens, restaurants, pubs do take care of their properties but if your neighbours have a garbage problem, so do you. Many landlords pay for garbage removal and expect the job is being done. If it isn’t, who is responsible? We all have a stake in this town and really should be diligent about pest control. Bins, large and small, have covers. Common sense could become part of the equation…rodent-proof garbage containers.
If you see unsightly bins with overflowing garbage, contact the property owner, call the number on the bin, call your councillor, call the Town of Truro and they should be more than willing to explain the proper procedure for complaints. The more calls they receive, the quicker action will be taken. If a garbage removal citation posted by the Town doesn’t compel a property owner to comply with town by-laws, a memorable hit to their bank account should help. By-laws can be changed. Don’t let the town tell you it can’t be done. Anything is possible if we band together.
Garbage and rodents go hand in hand. It’s a health hazard. If you don’t get satisfaction from the above mentioned, call the Department of Health. Perhaps they will realize the need for all bins to be rodent-proof.
The logo on older Town garbage containers reads: HELP KEEP TRURO CLEAN. Truro is rebranding, a very good move. We can all help the town with this problem before it becomes an oasis of shabbiness, garbage and huge rodent infestations. We don’t want to go there.
Jackie Yarn, Truro
Crosswalk Safety Advisory Committee (10am, City Hall) — the Transportation Committee is wondering why the Crosswalk Committee exists.
No public meetings.
Thesis defence, Engineering (11am, Room 3107, Mona Campbell Building) — PhD candidate Joshua Lowrey will defend his thesis, “Nutrient Recycling of Spent Biomass and Lipid-Extraction Wastewater in the Production of Thraustochytrids.”
Foreign Aid (7pm, Halifax Central Library) — Dal prof David Black will speak on “The Past, Present, and Future of Canadian Foreign Aid.”
In the harbour
Manon sails to sea at 3pm
People keep asking me where Part 5 of DEAD WRONG is. Well, I’m working on it. It took me about a year to do the research on Parts 1 through 3, and another three months or so for Part 4. Part 5 has a lot of moving parts, and I don’t want to screw up the details. I’m also conducting interviews for Part 6. And there’s a weird — I don’t know if it’s Part 7 or a coda or what, but the whole thing takes a left turn into an even more bizarrely weird tale.
I’ll publish something related to DEAD WRONG this weekend, just to keep the story going, but it won’t be Part 5.