1. Teachers

John Walker, a teacher at Millwood Elementary, spoke at Law Amendments today. Photo: Jennifer Henderson

Yesterday, dozens of people addressed the legislature’s Law Amendments committee. Jennifer Henderson reported from the scene for the Halifax Examiner.

Today, teachers and other members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are on strike. Schools are closed, and thousands of people are expected to protest outside Province House.

The city has cleared all the snow from around Province House to accommodate the crowds. Protestors have been gathering since last night, but the largest gathering is expected between noon and 3pm.

A drunk man who was harassing picketers was arrested last night.

Today’s Examineradio podcast, which will be published around 4pm, is devoted to the teachers’ issue.

2. Guns, kids, movies, and horse wars

We’ve published the latest company and society registrations. This week there are 15 listings, including this one:

YouTube video

CMW Productions Incorporated
President: Charles Wahl
Wahl describes himself like this:

Born in London, England, and raised in Toronto, Canada, Charles Wahl is a triple threat working in commercials, music videos, and feature film. An award winning filmmaker Charles has taken on a wide variety of projects including writing and directing work that has been presented internationally at film festivals, run theatrically, been broadcast on television, and gone viral on the web.

Charles’ music video work has been featured internationally on MTV, Much Music, CMT, and BPM. As a young commercial director he is quickly moving up the ladder having directed work that has been featured in Shots, Marketing Mag, Strategy Online, Fubiz, Ads of the World, Great Ads Blogspot, Stimulant-online and many other publications. His list of clients include BMW/MINI, McDonald’s, Toyota, LG, ING Direct, Nestle, Bell Aliant, New Brunswick Tourism, The Vancouver Sun, and The Canadian Cancer Society.

Charles wrote and directed his award winning debut feature film Webdultery which screened and won awards at numerous film festivals and was distributed in the USA, Canada, and internationally.

Most recently Charles was the writer/director of the branded short film Kill The K-Cup, which went viral and was featured on publications internationally from Huffington Post, to Al Jazeera, and also landing on the Ain’t it Cool News Shorts of the week.

Charles currently splits his time between Toronto, Ontario and Halifax Nova Scotia with his wife, two young boys, and their dog Bitey. 

The Kill the K-Cup vid was evidently filmed on Granville Mall and in front of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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3. Snow

There’s a lot of it, and it’s going to take a long time to clear the sidewalks.

4. Ivany Schmivany

Parker Donham points me to a google doc entitled “Actioning the Ivany Report: Business Model Canvas Plan.

There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with creating a resource for people who are thinking of starting a business — a list of regulations and permits required, explanations for how to apply for permits and the taxes that will have to be paid, potential funding sources, etc. — but this seems mostly gobbledygook or, at best, buzzword-slinging cheerleading.

According to the document, we will “action” the Ivany Report in part through conferences and meet-ups, and by hosting “Ivany idea competitions” — the document links to a dead NSCC page and a page offering $1 million in prize money for companies willing to relocate… to New Brunswick.

The doc also suggests that we have more “coworking spaces,” like The Hub and The Space. Halifax’s The Hub collapsed in 2014, which is really too bad because it seemed like a good idea, but evidently there’s not enough of a market for such a thing, so why on Earth would we encourage someone to try it again? The link for The Space confusingly takes us to something called The Lift. I don’t know if The Space is The Lift, or if The Lift is creating The Space, or what. But whatever it is, it’s in Courtenay, BC. You know it’s a great success because it calls itself “vibrant.”

You know, if you want to start a business, start a business. I did it. But I don’t recommend it — it will eat up your life savings and put you at risk of bankruptcy, it will stress you out and keep you up at night, ruin your health and personal relationships, take all your time and then some. But if that’s what you want to do, have at it. You certainly won’t have the time to take vacations to the Cabot Trail with your hot spouse and two happy kids, as the title photo suggests.

As far as I can see, the point of the Ivany Report and its various spinoffs is firstly to give big consulting contracts to connected people and secondly to privilege “entrepreneurship” so we don’t have to talk about paying regular workers decent wages: You don’t need a good job! Just start a business!

The wealthy and their connected foot soldiers are laughing at us.


1. Shovel

In 2015, the winter from hell, Dalhousie University kept its sidewalks completely free of ice. Photo: Halifax Examiner

Shovel the sidewalks, says Tristan Cleveland:

Like everyone, it frustrates me that we pay so much for snow clearing yet it is still so ineffective. But which matters more: The fact that the city “should” clear the sidewalks? Or that elderly and disabled people are trapped inside their homes right now?

No amount of paying taxes abrogates our duty as citizens to chip in when our city needs us.

Speaking of sidewalks, two years ago, in the winter from hell, when the city couldn’t manage to keep the ice off the sidewalks, Dalhousie University managed to keep its sidewalks completely ice-free. I’m told it’s the same this year.

Maybe people at City Hall should talk to people at Dalhousie.

2. Cranky letter of the day

To the Charlottetown Guardian:

Today, where is three score and 10? Many not counted as old unless 90 or over. Failing sight, but having aired opinions through editor from 80s on to be hopefully meaningful – but now feeling “What’s the use?”

The latest was wasted; God–given messages to present premier and others of our servants in government. But don’t give up you great writers, Ben Rogers using talents, those Bedeque area farmers, now Doreen Beagan spelling out badly needed truth. Thank you Richard Deaton for challenging us people to think again. Mr. Deaton you wrote on free will.

Me, in the dark, really, using free will until into my 50s. I’m invited, yes, to a Catholic prayer meeting, having heavy burden that day. The Lord spoke to me “Give me you burden” etc. (Matt. 11, 28 to 30) With so much help from the dear members (many gone home to the Lord) I did use my free will to say yes to Jesus and decided to try to follow Him in our Father’s will ever since. But we have to admit we stumble along – up again and again – begging God’s help through church, St. Michael and all available as we learn. Thanks again Mr. Deaton for making me put this black marker to use again.

God Bless all with great new 2017.

Mrs. Eileen Brown, Summerside



No meetings scheduled for today or Monday.


Mayhem (all day, Province House)



Welcome to Africville (10am, Africville Museum) — RSVP to

Analogue Inhibitors (1:30pm, Department of Chemistry) — Stephen L. Bearne will speak about “Designing Substrate-product Analogue Inhibitors for Racemaces and Epimerases.”

Cape Breton Gothic (3:30pm, Room 1170, Marion McCain Building) — Edward Michalik will speak.

Poetry Slam (7pm, The Muse Cafe and Pub, 1252 LeMarchant Street) — Rebecca Thomas hosts.

In the harbour

The seas around Nova Scotia, 9am Friday. Map:

2:30am: NYK Delphinus, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for Southampton, England
3:30am: ZIM Haifa, container ship, sails from Pier 41 for Kingston, Jamaica
5:30am: Boheme, car carrier, arrives at Autoport from Southhampton, England
8am: High Pearl, oil tanker, sails from Imperial Oil for sea
8am: Ningbo Express, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for New York
10am: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, arrives at Pier 41 from St. John’s
8pm: Bahri Jazan, ro-ro cargo, arrives at Bedford Basin Anchorage from Baltimore
9pm: Boheme, car carrier, sails from Autoport for sea


I hope to make it to Province House by noon. If so, I’ll be live-blogging via my personal Twitter account, @Tim_Bousquet.

Tim Bousquet is the editor and publisher of the Halifax Examiner. Twitter @Tim_Bousquet Mastodon

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  1. It’s incredible to me that this city STILL does not know how, or is unwilling to remove snow. I’m not sure they actually own a snowblower. They persist in pushing it to the sides of very narrow streets, which obviously is a real problem when there’s a lot of snow. Other cities get it…….

  2. We carried a Dal student the other night on her way home. She told us how Dal manages to keep it’s walkways so clean: Student Power! She said she was studying in the library and someone came around asking if anyone wanted a few extra bucks. Like most starving students, she jumped up and said, “sure.” She was given a shovel and told to clean out a stairwell. Not a street, not a parking lot, not a stretch of sidewalk, just a little stairwell. She did it in a few minutes, made some money and went back to studying.

    Something in this reminds me of a story of an army of mice doing a huge job, everyone does a little bit, but does it well and the job is done to perfection. If everyone got together and everyone pitched in and did just 10′ of sidewalk each, I bet the city could look like Dal.

  3. Much of the problem with Teachers discontent is that they are now expected to deal with Health and Social Services problems, with less help than what they had in the past. Shouldn’t the matter of Inclusion be faced in an integrated way with those departments?

    1. The right of all children to an education is not “a problem.” It is part of Canada’s aspiration to be a just society, enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is not something we do to be nice to the poor disabled kids. It is not something we can fob off on the Department of Community Services. As the US learned at Little Rock 60 years ago, segregated services are not equal services.

      Inclusion needs to be better supported. It’s clear from the distress in classrooms it is not well enough supported now. Nevertheless, all children in school today are learning the full range of human gifts and challenges. That will make them more compassionate citizens, less prone to send the most vulnerable among us the back of the bus, or worse still, to the short bus.

      1. Many parents have little or no desire for their children to learn the full range of human gifts and challenges as they choose to pay the money to send their children to private schools or they enrol them in the French Immersion programme; a programme that effectively takes away money from the very problems so eloquently described by teachers for several hours yesterday. In Dartmouth the French Immersion students take a bus to a school miles away from their home.
        We have a segregated education system in Nova Scotia and no party is willing to take action.
        If the government had agreed to meet the monetary demands of NSTU the dirty secrets of our schools would never had seen the light of day.
        Where do we go from here ?
        Will the media now pick up the challenge to report the challenges facing teachers on a daily basis ?

          1. Bill, there is enough meat for journal to chew on for the next several months. Three TV networks could run daily items about the mess in regular classrooms. The media very rarely cover HRSB board meetings.
            Last night I went through 6 years of HRSB budgets and found an increase in Educational Program Assistants : 2013/14 +10, 2014/15 +10, 2015/16 +8, 2016/17 +27.6.
            Since 2010/11 the number of Special Education Teachers has increased by 15.6 from 305.1 to 320.7, and still we have problems in the classrooms offering the mandated programme.