1. Film tax credit
Finance minister Diana Whalen met with film industry reps yesterday, but the two parties left the meeting with completely different understandings of what had transpired, reports the CBC:
“They have agreed what they put forward is not workable,” Marc Almon from Screen Nova Scotia told reporters after the meeting with Whalen and a number of others, including Bernie Miller — a top official for Premier Stephen McNeil — and nine representatives of the film industry.
But Whalen took away a different message from the meeting.
“What I was acknowledging is they have a problem with this — we do not. It works for government,” Whalen told reporters.
“It works for us,” added McNeil.
Screen Nova Scotia has organized a demonstration outside Province House this afternoon.
There’s a nursing crisis in Nova Scotia, reports the Canadian Press:
Nova Scotia is among those provinces facing a shortfall with about 185 acute and long-term care nursing positions vacant.
The province’s Liberal government was told when it came into power about 18 months ago that Nova Scotia could face a shortage of 800 nurses within five years if there was no change in a number of factors, such as the number of seats made available in nursing schools.
Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, said the shortage will continue in her province unless more is done to address overtime and high injury rates. Right now, she said there’s little incentive for older nurses to stay in the system once they reach pensionable age because of the increased demands of the job.
“There are not many who are going to work between 56 and 60 (years of age) unless we can figure out a way to make them stay,” said Hazelton.
Cindy Cruickshank, director of health system workforce policies and programs for the Nova Scotia government, said there are 14,000 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia. That’s about 2,000 more than in 2001 when the province released its first nursing strategy.
Department figures show that last year, 46 per cent of the province’s registered nurses and 40 per cent of its licensed practical nurses were over the age of 50.
Cruickshank said 669 nurses left the system last year, while 662 were hired as replacements.
“Of the 669 that went out, approximately half of that was due to retirements just based on the age profile alone,” said Cruickshank.
Coming into office, with full knowledge that there is a nursing shortage and it is going to get worse, the Liberals decided to make nurses public enemy #1.
Is there any wonder why more people don’t want to join the profession?
Halifax council yesterday voted to give the Neptune Theatre until October 15 to come up with a plan to save the Khyber building.
4. Humans were not meant to fly, part 3,452
An airplane catapulted across the ocean had to soft crash in Halifax.
Speaking of which, a couple of weeks ago someone sent me a slew of messages about the etymology of the word “man.” According to him, in Old English “man” meant any person, male or female, so our modern day desire for inclusiveness, avoiding the use of gender specific words like “spokesman” and such, is an assault on the language and history and in some perverse crevice of a warped mind, an unfair attack on men.
Dudes gotta get over their bullshit, ya know?
Cuts to the Gaelic Affair Department budget are bad for the economy, says “Gaelic retailer” Trueman Matheson:
Matheson says Gaelic is an important contributor to the economy and argues that Gaelic festivals, classes and events generate $26 million worth of economic activity each year.
We should give people who speak Gaelic a tax credit.
6. Buddhist princess
The Shambalians have a new pope.
1. Sable Island
Stephen Archibald recounts his trip to Sable Island.
2. Sidewalks and snow clearing
Sam Austin discusses our terrible sidewalks.
3. Cranky letter of the day
Re: “Lantz sporting goods store hits its target market with indoor firing range,” (April 11 story and front-page photo). I confess that I am puzzled by the use of a human silhouette as the target at Hnatiuk’s shooting facility.
How can shooting at a human shape be construed as sport? Surely a legitimate game animal, such as a moose or deer, would be more appropriate.
Jean M. Chard, Dartmouth
Audit and Finance Committee (10am, City Hall)—the committee will look at Shakespeare by the Sea.
Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Special Advisory Committee (3pm, Alderney Landing Theatre)—I don’t have any sage advice for what the committee should be doing, but I continue to have a vague feeling that this thing is going off the rails.
Legislature sits (1pm–5:30pm, Province House)—should be lots of fun with demonstrating film industry people outside.
Cambials (Wednesday, 4 pm, Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, Dalhousie University)—student Matthew Harty will talk about “Characterizing the Entatic State of the Cambialistic Enzyme Mandelate Racemase.” When I first read that I thought he was going to talk about cannibals, but I’m sure this will be interesting too.
Also, student Sergio Munoz will talk about “The Origin and Early Evolution of Mitochondrial Structure”
M (Wednesday, 8pm, Dalhousie Art Gallery)—Roger Ebert said:
When you watch “M,” you see a hatred for the Germany of the early 1930s that is visible and palpable. Apart from a few perfunctory shots of everyday bourgeoisie life (such as the pathetic scene of the mother waiting for her little girl to return from school), the entire movie consists of men seen in shadows, in smokefilled dens, in disgusting dives, in conspiratorial conferences. And the faces of these men are cruel caricatures: Fleshy, twisted, beetle-browed, dark-jowled, out of proportion. One is reminded of the stark faces of the accusing judges in Dreyer’s “Joan of Arc,” but they are more forbidding than ugly.
3 Minute Thesis – Final Round (Thursday, 7pm, Room 1016, Rowe Building)
Planetarium show (Thursday, 7.15pm, Room 120, Dunn Building)—”The Equinoxes and Solstices.” Five bucks at the door, no screaming kids.
In the harbour
ZIM Quingdao, container ship, arrived at Pier 42 this morning.
Resolute, general cargo, Avonmouth, England to Pier 25
Dallas Express, container ship, New York to Fairview Cove West
Dolphin II, container ship, New York to Pier 41
San Fernando Rey, cargo ship, Mariel, Cuba to Pier 31
A few people got worked up because I pointed out that the Trailer Park Boys are millionaires. Interesting, that.
I’ll be on the Sheldon MacLeod Show, News 95.7, at 4pm.