In the harbour
1. Sable Island
Matthew Griffin-Allwood, an architecture student at Dalhousie University, has designed a visitors’ shelter for the Sable Island National Park, writes Moira Donovan.
This article is behind the Examiner’s paywall and do available only to paid subscribers. To purchase a subscription, click here. Adding, this is an interesting story, and I’m glad Donovan is out doing this work; your subscriptions make that possible.
2. Shaun McInnis
Truss Worthy Framing and Renovations and its owner, David Busk, are facing charges related to the death of Shaun McInnis. McInnis, a framer, fell to his death while working on the roof a four-storey apartment building in Clayton Park in 2013.
3. Business grants
The Liberal government has cut $17 million in business grants, reports the Chronicle Herald:
While “used for one-time projects, objectives and goals for the funding were unclear, resulting in limited transparency and accountability,” the new [Business] department wrote [in a statement to the paper].
The grant program was initiated by the former NDP government.
4. Pedestrian struck by bus
Rachel Ward interviews Ariel Blanchard, who was struck by a bus as she was walking across the intersection of Inglis and Robie Streets last week:
Blanchard says her experience with the bus driver was odd. She says after the collision, the bus driver parked and came over right away, saying she hadn’t seen her crossing.
The driver then suggested sitting on the bus, says Blanchard, out of the rain to wait for the driver’s supervisor to arrive. The supervisor then asked her questions, Blanchard says, including about wearing headphones or using her phone.
“I think they were trying to come up with ways to make it seem that it was my own fault that I’d been hit by a bus,” she said. Blanchard says she crossed legally and without the distraction of her phone or headphones.
“Eventually they called an ambulance. I had to ask.”
Laird Haduk, the crossing guard near Inglis Street Elementary School and Saint Mary’s University, witnessed the bus hitting Blanchard. He and says she didn’t have her phone out or headphones in.
It’s a ridiculous notion that if a pedestrian is wearing headphones it’s their own damn fault for getting run down by a vehicle. I guess it’s OK to run over deaf people, too.
5. Poisoning birds
The city is poisoning birds at the Keshen Goodman Library, reports Brett Ruskin:
The new tender for services in Halifax includes a mention of “an Avitrol program” at the library.
Avitrol is described by its manufacturer as a flock deterrent. It’s designed to look like corn kernels and left out for birds to eat.
Once it’s consumed, Avitrol affects the birds’ central nervous system and causes convulsions that can last more than four hours. The prolonged, uncontrolled flapping is meant to scare other birds away.
Avitrol is currently banned in New York City, San Francisco, the United Kingdom and Red Deer, Alta.
6. A note to readers
We’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the Examiner and I’m simply exhausted, having hit a few too many walls. So I’m taking a short vacation. I’m going to visit with family and friends, sleep in, walk on a beach, and stay off the computer.
Along the way, I’m going to think about how to better organize my time and figure out how to stay on top of administrative duties. I am, literally, over 10,000 emails behind. One of those might be yours. I’m also somewhat overwhelmed with a large investigative project that is consuming hundreds of hours of my time; I wanted to start publishing articles related to it in May, but now it’s looking like it will be later in the summer. Clearly, I’ve got to get a better handle on things.
Soon after I get back I’ll announce an anniversary party, and possibly some changes to the site. For now, however, I’m just going to relax.
In my absence, starting tomorrow, I’ll have a series of guest writers for Morning File. I’m sure they’ll do a fine job, and it’ll be a refreshing change of voice.
I’ll be back next Thursday.
1. Jane’s Walks
This weekend there are 17 Jane’s Walks locally. Stephen Archibald explains what Jane’s Walks are, and why you should go.
2. Cranky letter of the day
I am one of the poor who will never be able to afford a computer/laptop/internet service. I was born into poverty during a majority federal Conservative government in power, who made my single mother and me live on a monthly cheque which they would not increase with the cost of living, the price of groceries going up. Things in life did not improve until the federal Trudeau government came into power.
So I have had decades of life experience as one of the poor versus a social worker—with the four years of college they need to become a worker—who make decisions over the poor. I sometimes wish social workers were made to live a couple of months as the poor.
I have lived half my life in poverty and have accepted the fact that I will be living my life in poverty—it is my destiny to live a hard life. I also do not like the provincial government bullshit that I pay no taxes! I have to pay a 10-cent deposit on everything I drink except milk! This deposit is something social assistance says I do not pay! And therefore is not included in the budget allowance amounts of money they allow me to have! I have to pay a 15 percent sales tax on used clothing I have to wear so I will not freeze. The kind-hearted provincial taxpayers who do not want to see me starve have to take extra money out of their pockets to provide food to food banks and soup kitchens. Once a poor person is over by one penny, nickel, dime or quarter it gets deducted to save provincial government money! The penny, which is now round up /down by the federal government! The nickels, dimes or quarters the poor need to pay an uneven 15 percent sales tax! While the provincial gold-plated government officials overspend on items like orange juice and steak.
—Born Into Poverty For Decades
Hollis Street Bike Lane Open House (noon–2pm, and again from 4–6pm, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, 1546 Barrington Street #104)—details here.
Kuhn Road (7pm, Prince Andrew High School cafeteria)—city council is about to rezone the area across from the Nova Scotia Community College campus on Main Street, generally the area stretching from St. Thomas More Catholic Church to Kuhn Swamp. Details here.
Law Amendments (9am, Province House)—Bill 100, the Universities Accountability and Sustainability Act, will be debated. Moira Donavan wrote about the bill here.
Legislature sits (1–10pm, Province House)
No public events.
In the wake of civil unrest in the US in response to police killings of unarmed black men, Rolling Stone conducted a readers poll to find the best protest songs. Evidently, Rolling Stone readers are a bunch of old white dudes, as nine of the top 10 songs are over 40 years old. The one exception is Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name,” and Tom Morello is also the only non-white performer in the mix.
There are lots of more recent protest songs, but in terms of expressing anger at police harassment, N.W.A.’s 1986 Fuck the police gets to the hear of the present crisis:
In the harbour
ZIM Monaco, container ship, Valencia, Spain to Pier 42
Selfoss, container ship, arrived at Pier 41 this morning, will sail to sea
Barkald, bulker, New York to National Gypsum
Atlantic Cartier, container ship, Norfolk to Fairview Cove, then sails to sea
Apollon, oil tanker, Sabine Pass, Texas to Imperial Oil
APL Pearl, container ship, Damietta, Spain to Fairview Cove
ZIM Shanghai sails to Kingston, Jamaica
HC Bea-Luna sails to Calais, France
Vento di Ponente sails to Mariel, Cuba
The Resolute, a cable layer, is anchored off Herring Cove, completing the Hibernia Atlantic cable project. The cable connects traders in London and New York, reports the Telegraph:
The laying of the new transatlantic communications cable is a viable proposition because Hibernia Atlantic, the company behind it, is planning to sell a special superfast bandwidth that will have hyper-competitive trading firms and banks in the City of London and New York queuing to use it. In fact it is predicted they will pay about 50 times as much to link up via the Hibernian Express than they do via existing transatlantic cables.
The current leader, Global Crossing’s AC-1 cable, offers transatlantic connection in 65 milliseconds. The Hibernian Express will shave six milliseconds off that time.
The finance industry rules the world, and we are at the mercy of their supercomputers.
It’s warm where I’m going.
Fly safely, silently and peacefully, Tim. We’ll miss you, and keep the home fires burning.
Tim, thanks so much for a great first year. there have been many days when I was astounded at how much material you produced, organized, and sent our way. I read your stuff every day I look forward to it and it is help me understand Halifax and Nova Scotia better. I always appreciate the risks you take even the ones I don’t agree with. Keep up the good work have a great rest and I hope you do find a way to keep doing this important work in a way that keeps you healthy. Thanks
Have a good one Tim, you’ve more than earned it. Come back tanned, rested and ready for the (gulp!) Federal Election Action Plan!!!
And, of course, the next BOLD MOVE! by our own blessed overlords.
Very well deserved vacation. May it wipe away all the worries and pressures.
You deserve the rest but I’ll miss hearing from you this week
“Fuck da Police” by lil Boosie featuring Webbie. A modern day example – there is footage of protesters in Ferguson singing it in the streets. .
Enjoy your well deserved vacation.
Tim, Let us know if we can be helpful on your vacation. We are in suburban DC/MD.
That’s actually where I’m going for the first leg of this trip, but my two days there are already packed. Then off to points south.
Is there any possibility of a partial grant for a paid intern, or something like that? It sounds like you need an assistant.
“partial grant” = a few more subscribers. I have someone running the numbers while I’m away, but I hope to soon hire an administrator.
Re: Pedestrian and Bus collision … seems to me the very first call of the driver should have been to 911 to bring police and ambulance/fire truck to the scene, NOT first calling his Supervisor. Had she not asked for an ambulance would the bus have driven off? Seems like that would make it a hit-and-run …. Is this really Halifax Transit Policy? The driver’s first responsibility is to obey the laws governing all of us when driving.
I believe in Denmark it is the law that motor vehicle drivers are presumed to be at fault in all collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. Full stop. The drivers have the burden of care that comes with operating tonnes of steel that can easily inflict death and injury to those not also in such a steel enclosure. There’s really no such thing as a car-pedestrian or car-bicycle “fender bender”.
It could be that Rolling Stone readers are a bunch of “old white dudes,” in the tendentious coinage that has become so trendy of late, but I doubt it. An alternative explanation is that, for whatever reason, the protest songs of 40 years ago were better, sharper, and had more staying power than those of recent years.
The song that inspired protesters, black and white, during the Mississippi Freedom Summer (1964) was Same Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” It’s not as prominent among white audiences today as those that topped the Rolling Stone poll, but it’s a magnificent song.
Sam Cooke was the best. He’s timeless, as is his music. Great suggestion; wasn’t familiar with it. Thanks.
Have a grand vacation where it’s warm and sunny – and happy anniversary :-).
Have fun. You’ll be missed.
Come back soon cuz lord knows you are exactly what this province and city needs. (That and a Department if Business of course )
Enjoy some well deserved time off Tim.
Take it easy, bro. You did a sterling job this year and you deserve the rest.
Yay! for you – a vacation is good for the mind, body and soul. We’ll still be here when you return. Be well and be warm.
Enjoy your time away, Tim.
Also, having seen some of your views on religion, it’s kind of funny that today;s File shares its name with a hymn. Intentional? I’d suggest so.
A little irony here and there is good for the soul, ahem.
Enjoy your vacation.
Financial transactions tax. http://robinhoodtax.com/
So if your financial speculation doesn’t provide at least 0.05% of value to you, all the churn in the world won’t help your profits.
Have a great time Tim. I’m sure most readers understand the need for a break.