“Provincial loan data shows that 6,774 Nova Scotia students defaulted [on their student loans] over a six-year period,” reports the CBC’s Richard Cuthbertson. Cuthbertson gives context to the figure, explaining that it is not particularly high compared to other provinces, but, tellingly, 27 per cent of the defaults are from students who attended career colleges.
2. Flight 624
“An Air Canada jet that crashed about 200 metres short of a runway at the Halifax airport during a March snowstorm had no major mechanical problems, the Transportation Safety Board says in a preliminary report released Tuesday,” reports the Canadian Press:
The independent board’s update says the Airbus 320-200 was correctly configured for landing, its air speed was consistent with a normal approach and there were no mechanical deficiencies with its engines, flight controls, landing gear and navigation systems.
3. Bullshitters of the year
OneNS is rebuilding the provincial economy, one sticky note at a time.
This is where the Ivany Report has taken us: instead of doing productive work in their offices and businesses, hundreds of people met yesterday for the #StepUpNS gabfest at the Halifax Library and exchanged meaningless slogans and polished bullshit.
For a taste of the nonsense, here are randomly collected tweets from the event:
There are literally thousands of these tweets collected at the #StepUpNS hashtag. I challenge readers to scroll through them to find anything with real meaning.
And then there was this:
You know, @peopleofhalifax, give me a frickin’ break. The media have been changing attitudes for decades, unquestioningly parroting corporate bullshit and the neoliberal agenda. And as I repeatedly say, were all the news media to disappear tomorrow, corporations would still get their messages out, and mindless business gabfests would still fill up my twitter feed with their moronic feel-good platitudes. The media’s role shouldn’t be to fluff self-important mucky mucks; rather, it’s our role to call bullshit when we see it, and this #StepUpNS thing was a dairy farm worth of excrement.
Oh, and from Ray Ivany:
This is rich. Ray Ivany got paid $280,166 last year at his job as president of Acadia University. He made another $94,500 for his part-time gig sitting on the board of Nova Scotia Power. No doubt he expensed his travel to Halifax yesterday. (I can’t wait to get the results for my FOIPOP of OneNS expenses.) Were we truly to “reorder society,” the peasants would be storming the Ivany manse with pitchforks and torches, and the crowd of bullshitters at the Halifax Library would be sentenced to reeducation camps.
4. Pedestrian struck by vehicle
Police release from yesterday afternoon:
At 2:12 p.m., police responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision at the intersection of Lower Water and Morris Streets. A 50-year-old woman crossing Lower Water Street in an unmarked crosswalk was hit by the trailer part of a tractor-trailer travelling north on Lower Water Street. The tractor-trailer did not remain at the scene and was followed by a witness to Africville Road where it was stopped by police. The pedestrian was transported to hospital by EHS for treatment of what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
No charges have been laid and this collision remains under investigation.
5. Domestic incident
Police release from yesterday:
Halifax Regional Police has referred an incident that occurred earlier today to the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) for investigation.
At 11:36 a.m., officers responded to a dispute at a Dartmouth address involving an off-duty police officer and a woman known to him. Halifax Regional Police officers investigated the incident further and based on the investigation, referred the matter to SiRT this afternoon.
SiRT is conducting the investigation into an alleged domestic assault involving the officer, who has been with the Department for 13 years. Questions regarding the investigation are to be referred to SiRT.
The officer has been suspended from duty with pay pending the outcome of this investigation.
6. Free advertising
Amazon issues a meaningless press release, and Metro dutifully gives the corporation free advertising. Look, Metro editors: we’re experiencing a funding crisis in the news business. I won’t get into the whole “framing corporate interests as valid societal concerns” thing, but if you’re going to pimp out corporations, you should at least charge them for it.
Stephen Archibald has a post about them.
David Jones is giving walking tours of downtown Dartmouth this summer.
3. The Darkside
Some Dartmouthians, such as Frank Orlando, really get worked up about the name for the place. I gotta say, as a Dartmouth resident myself, I don’t get it. What’s wrong with saying “I live in Dartmouth, which is part of Halifax”? No one in Bedford, Tantallon, or Musquodoboit gets up in arms about the rebranding of the supercity — the Dartmouthian anger betrays a sad lack of self-confidence.
The city of Brooklyn, New York lost its independent status in 1898, and yet the millions of current-day residents pull up their tight jeans, listen to their urban bluegrass, and happily call themselves Brooklynites or New Yorkers, however the context demands. When I worked in Hollywood, California, I’d go clubbing with my starlet girlfriends in the Santa Monica Boulevard bars; at 4am closing time we’d stumble out onto the street as cops in “City of Los Angeles” patrol cars eyed us wearily; we’d snort another line, look up at the Hollywood sign, and think we were the centre of the universe, no identity crisis in sight. Etobicoke residents are so angry at the immersion of their burg into Toronto that they elected a crack-addled moron to demonstrate the depth of their grievances, but not a one of them is petitioning the government to change the name of the place.
Dartmouthians: be proud of the place you live, but this defensiveness comes off as more than a little pathetic.
4. Cranky letter of the day
I am extremely disappointed with recent actions and public comments made by Glace Bay High School principal Theresa MacKenzie.
I believe she dropped the ball on the graduating class of 2015, and the business community, when she made comments relating to limousine companies in an article (‘Welcome mat in place for limos’) that appeared in the Cape Breton Post on June 9.
The story referred to a ban on the use of limousines and buses for this year’s Glace Bay High School prom, which was partially lifted.
Apparently, liquor was found on a bus dropping students at the 2014 prom.
It seems to me, in implementing the original full ban on limousines and buses, Principal MacKenzie presumed that all buses and limousines must be permitting students to consume alcohol in their vehicles.
As the owner/operator of Silverstar Limousine, I wish to go on the record and state: ” I do not condone underage drinking and I do not permit underage drinking in my limousine. I operate a professional business within the community. ”
At no time has Principal MacKenzie or anyone from the school board made an effort to contact the livery owners with their concerns. I would have been more than willing to sit and discuss this issue.
I feel that Principal MacKenzie didn’t give enough thought to the implications of her statement to the media as they relate to the limousine companies. When a principal points a finger without evidence of the drinking taking place in limousines and exacts punishment on both the business and students for actions of a previous group there is a problem.
The issue of drinking at proms is a school issue and should be dealt with at the door prior to entry being granted to prom. This is not a new issue as we know. This is part of the reason Safe Grads were implemented.
Principal MacKenzie was quoted as saying: ” I’m not trying to paint everyone with the same brush.” Why then, I ask, is she doing exactly that?
Following her meeting with the grad class, Principal MacKenzie has come to somewhat of a compromise as the issue was on a bus, not a limousine. I feel she should also apologize to myself and all livery operators who service the grad class of Glace Bay High School, and have done so for many years.
Audit and Finance (10am, City Hall)—the committee will look at selling the old Dartmouth City Hall to Banner Developments for an undisclosed price. The president of Banner Developments is Jeff Kavanaugh, who left his position as Chief Financial Officer of the King’s Wharf project in April.
No public meetings.
In the harbour
ZIM Monaco, container ship, arrived at Pier 41 this morning.
I’ll be on the Sheldon MacLeod Show, News 95.7, at 4pm.
You’re invited! The Halifax Examiner turns one year old!
Who: anyone who wants to celebrate the Halifax Examiner
When: Wednesday, June 24, 5–10pm
Where: The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street