This week we’re excited to welcome noted journalist and author (and semi-regular Halifax Examiner contributor) Evelyn White. She talks about a career that includes a stretch at the San Francisco Chronicle and her time as Alice Walker’s biographer.
We also speak with NSCC journalism instructor Erin Moore and student Kristen Brown about the program’s groundbreaking investigation into land titles in the predominantly African Nova Scotian community of North Preston.
Also, Gloria McCluskey announces her retirement, prominent Chronicle Herald reporters flee for better gigs, Andy Fillmore is still MIA, and Examineradio turns 50, so we engage in a bit of navel-gazing and back-slapping.
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Most of Nova Scotia is ‘crappy land’ and ‘licence to occupy’ was a common request in Nova Scotia. Our province is predominantly rock with a very thin layer of soil and farming close to Halifax has always been a labour of love with little reward.
In 2015 in the course of researching certain land grants in the Dartmouth area I found it was common for land grant recipients to seek more land because the land they had previously been granted could not support a family. Not to mention the many people who gave up their grant and moved from Nova Scotia.
For those seeking more information re the areas of Preston this link is full of history:
http://novascotia.ca/natr/land/indexmaps/066.pdf and can be cross referenced with this link : https://novascotia.ca/archives/landpapers/