The Halifax Examiner has learned the province will replace the Amanda 7 computer system used to access and process requests for government information. A tender will go out within the next five months, almost a half-year since the online portal used by journalists and the public to file Freedom of Information requests shut down. Online...
News 1. Stephen McNeil’s assault on democracy Reports Jean Laroche for the CBC: The committee at Nova Scotia’s Province House that’s been most effective at holding governments to account and squeezing information out of high-ranking officials will no longer be as freewheeling or topical as it has traditionally been. The Liberal members on the powerful public accounts […]
HOUSTON: The motion is that the Public Accounts Committee meet on June 13th, June 20th, and June 27thto address these three topics of the Auditor General’s report in a timely fashion. CHAIRMAN: Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye… Contrary minded, Nay… The motion is defeated. NS Public Accounts Committee meeting May...
News 1. City budget “They flirted with the idea of dipping into the savings account to lower the number, but in the end Halifax regional councillors approved the municipality’s budget for the year ahead with an increase of nearly 2 per cent to the average property tax bill,” reports Zane Woodford for Metro: Councillor Tim Outhit […]
1. “Privacy breaches” continue
News 1. The Unisys contract The contract between the province and the contractor hired to support the software used in provincial databases — including the Freedom of Information site that was “breached” last week — was the subject of a blistering auditor general’s report in November 2016. In the early 2000s, the province adopted the AMANDA […]
In November, Auditor General Michael Pickup was accused of overstepping his authority. His report chastised the province for doing a “poor” job of communicating its strategies on doctor recruitment and primary health care. In turn, the premier chastised the auditor general, saying Pickup should run for elected office if he wanted to criticize policy matters. It […]
News 1. Transportation data “The numbers have been in for a few weeks, and they are… unimpressive,” reports Examiner transportation columnist Erica Butler: Naturally, I mean the 2016 census “journey to work” survey numbers, part of the long form census that 1/4 of us are asked to complete. Here’s how our mode share breaks down: […]
1. The Pickup-McNeil war I was supposed to interview Auditor General Michael Pickup yesterday for this week’s Examineradio podcast, but Pickup cancelled for personal reasons. Shit happens, so it goes. We’ll get back to him in the new year. But in preparation for the interview, I read Pickup’s audit of Family Doctor Resourcing, and I came […]
This once pristine tidal estuary, Boat Harbour has been used as an industrial waste lagoon for the Abercrombie pulp mill (now Northern Pulp) near Pictou for fifty years. Photo courtesy Dave Gunning. You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. Earlier this month a delegation of fishers from Nova Scotia, PEI, and […]