The federal government will argue Wednesday that its social covenant to care for injured veterans was just political speech and not meant to be taken seriously.
Ottawa is trying to have a lawsuit by a group of disabled veterans tossed out. The British Columbia Supreme Court refused, but the government is now appealing the case to the B.C. Court of Appeal.
Six disabled veterans, united under the banner of the Equitas Society, hope to strike down the government’s decision to replace lifelong pensions for injured soldiers with one-time payments.
They allege this breaches the sacred obligation to care for veterans wounded in the line of duty, which has been articulated as far back as the First World War.
The government will make its arguments Wednesday, but in written submissions has argued that “these statements were political speeches not intended as commitments or solemn commitments.”
2. Alleged sexual assault at hospital
On April 22, 2014, Halifax Regional Police received a complaint from an 18-year-old woman about a sexual assault that occurred in a QEII Health Sciences Centre operating block on April 15. The woman was being prepared to undergo surgery when a male witness observed a patient attendant, who was assisting in surgery preparation, inappropriately touching the sedated female patient.
After an investigation by detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Investigative Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, a man was arrested without incident after he turned himself in at Police Headquarters earlier this morning. Forty-three-year-old Scott Christopher Goreham from Lower Prospect man is facing a charge of sexual assault.
“Kathy MacNeil, a vice-president with Capital Health, told reporters the incident was reported to hospital administration April 16. She said Goreham was suspended April 17 and fired April 30,” reports the Chronicle Herald.
3. City council
I’ll publish a full report about yesterday’s council meeting later today.
4. Pedestrians struck by cars
At 8:37 a.m., police responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision at the intersection of Artz and Brunswick Streets. A 75-year-old man crossing Brunswick Street in a marked crosswalk was hit by a car turning left from Artz Street onto Brunswick Street. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital by EHS.
A 35-year-old woman was issued a summary offence ticket under section 125(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. This ticket carries a fine of $693.95 and four points on a driver’s license upon conviction.
At 3:04 p.m., police responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision at the intersection of Norm Newman and Baker Drives. A woman in her forties crossing Baker Drive in a marked crosswalk was hit by a car turning left from Norm Newman Drive onto Baker Drive. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital by EHS.
A 54-year-old woman was issued a summary offence ticket under section 125(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. This ticket carries a fine of $693.95 and four points on a driver’s license upon conviction.
The pedestrian is actually in her 50s but has “fab skin,” reports her daughter. Her mom was “swiped at the knees, rolled onto the hood of the car and then hit the ground.” She was checked out at the hospital, but has no obvious serious injuries.
5. Ship of Theseus
A new hydraulic steering system has been installed on the Bluenose 2, a perfect match for the 1921 original.
6. Libbie Baker
The Globe and Mail has published a wonderful obituary for Libbie Baker:
From a tiny basement studio on Bell Road in Halifax, Libbie Baker, a pioneer of Nova Scotian television talk shows, hosted Look in on Libbie for a seven-year run starting in 1960. The low-budget women’s show, seen every weekday afternoon, ranged from interviews with celebrities, such as the Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers and American astronaut Pete Conrad, to daily birth announcements, recipes, home hints and the departure and arrival dates of Royal Canadian Navy ships.
Described as a tall, dark, vivacious host, Ms. Baker, who died in Toronto on Nov. 3 at the age of 87, co-hosted the 30-minute program on CBC Television in Halifax with Jim Bennet, who also appeared on the popular TV show Singalong Jubilee.
“She had a lovely voice,” Mr. Bennet recalled. “She had a nice, casual style.”
Offering women a wide variety of topics and interests, the Look in on Libbieshow also included live music segments and a series entitled So Grows the Child, for which Ms. Baker invited doctors into the studio to discuss issues important to mothers.
During that time, Ms. Baker also became the face of Halifax on CBC nationally, appearing as a guest panelist on programs such as Front Page Challenge and the quiz show Live a Borrowed Life. In addition, she hosted coverage of popular events such as the Queen’s Plate, the country’s oldest thoroughbred horse race, and the opening of Expo 67 in Montreal. But it was her interest in the Apollo space program, designed to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth, that garnered her the most attention. Her interest in space exploration led to her to become Canada’s media expert on the Apollo program.
1. New library
Allison Sparling toured the new library and took a lot of photos:
Here is what this library is: open, beautiful, stark, homey, accessible, classic, friendly, warm, modern, innovative, classic, completely different while maintaining what is important about a library, accessible, eco friendly, and truly world class. A recording studio. A theatre, An auditorium. A lecture hall. A sound production studio. A play place. A kitchen. A place with lots of privacy. A place with lots of open space. A rooftop patio. A puppet place. A place for children. A place for seniors. A place for everyone. A home away from home.
A lot of people, myself included, like getting lost in old libraries and finding all of the hidden nooks and spaces. You cannot do that in this library, and that is a good thing. Secrets mean inaccessibility. But the lack of “lost” does not mean a lack of nooks; children can play and scream and not be heard from another pod despite all of the beautiful wide open space that lets in the light. There is always a new place to wander, something new to discover, even if you can always see all of it. It’s special like that.
2. Rural Nova Scotia
Stephen Archibald pulls out his photos of rural Nova Scotia in the 1960s and 70s. He has always had an eye for detail, and this is no exception; for this photo he notes: “Here is a shop in Lakeville in the Annapolis Valley in 1977. I love that the sign painter has started out boldly and then realizes that he is going to run out of space and the letters get lighter and more condensed. The small sign in the window says ‘Marriage Licences.’” But since he got me looking, I notice that the windows on the right side don’t line up properly and the door seems to be an afterthought to construction, with the stoop thrown willy nilly wherever it landed.
3. Cranky letter of the day
I’m not surprised Canada Post has earned $84 million for the first three quarters of this year (Nov. 27 story), given the exorbitant amount we have to pay for postage.
Those of us who still write letters and send parcels are being gouged to the limit and it’s particularly noticeable at Christmastime when we prefer to extend personal greetings to friends and family in faraway places rather than resorting to mere emails.
The cost of an international letter or card—never mind a parcel—is $2.50 plus tax!
Canada Post had better not wallow in its good fortune for too long, because it’s pricing itself out of business. We who are keeping it afloat just won’t be able to afford it anymore.
Carola Manchester, Cole Harbour
City council (10am, City Hall)—budget deliberations
Transportation Standing Committee (2:30pm, City Hall)
A Halifax Transit report to the committee shows that despite significant investments in expanding the bus fleet, ridership has not increased. Revenue has gone up, however, because of the fare increase.
North West Planning Advisory Committee (7pm, Four-pad arena in Bedford)—WSP Canada wants to build 56 residential units on 22.7 hectares between Sackville Drive and Highway 101.
No public meetings.
Biology seminar (1pm, Room 3-H1, Tupper Building)—Sylvain Simard and Daniel Caron will present on “Cleaning and Decontamination for the Research Laboratory.”
Thesis defence, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Thursday, 9:30am, Room 3107, Mona Campbell Building)—PhD candidate Marie-Laurence Tremblay will defend her thesis, “The Structural Characterization of Argiope Trifasciata Spider Wrapping Silk by Solution-State NMR.”
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar (Thursday, 4pm, Theatre D, CRC Building)—Lawrence McIntosh, from the University of British Columbia, will talk on “Where is the Proton? Electrostatics and pH-Dependent Enzymatic Reactions.”
Planetarium show (Thursday, 7:15pm, Room 120, Dunn Building)—”Signposts in the sky.” Five bucks at the door.
In the harbour
(click on vessel names for pictures and more information about the ships)
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