Erica Butler here, helping out with Morningfile today. Fear not, Tim’s still all over it. News 1. Burnside jail Tim reports from the hearing for Burnside jail prisoner Maurice Pratt, continuing to shed light on the situation in the facility. Prisoners launched a protest in August asking for better conditions at the jail, including access […]
News 1. Supercluster____ Jennifer Henderson attended yesterday’s “Supercluster Update” at Pier 21, hoping to get details of the federal “investment” into “ocean innovation” that will make us all rich forever, amen. Where are you going to spend your coming supercluster riches? Maybe pay down some of that debilitating student loan? Upgrade the old clunker in […]
Hi folks. Erica Butler here, filling in for Tim today. News 1. Al-Rawi asks for second assault charge to be quashed Reporting for the CBC, Blair Rhodes recaps the history of sexual assault investigations and charges against former Halifax cab driver Bassam Al-Rawi. While his first charge from a 2015 incident will be re-examined in […]
News 1. Cruise ship “smoke and mirrors” “Cruise tourism has grown rapidly in Maine over the past decade, with ship visits to Portland more than tripling,” reports Colin Woodard for the Portland Press-Herald: Industry promoters and city officials have long touted the primary purported economic benefit: each passenger, on average, spending over $100 ashore every […]
On Tuesday morning, I attended the media tour of Burnside jail with Tim. Tim summarized the tour this way: This was a PR exercise on the part of Corrections, and as such things go, was well-run. Corrections staff were informative and answered even the most pointed questions. Reporters did not, however, get the chance to […]
Last Tuesday, there was dramatic moment in Supreme Court, worthy of its own Law & Order episode. In the course of its prosecution of Randy Riley for the 2010 murder of Chad Smith, the crown called its witness Nathan Johnson. Johnson took the stand and — bam! — said that he, and he alone, killed […]
News 1. Immigration Writes Stephen Kimber: Reading news accounts of last week’s meeting of the legislature’s committee on economic development, you could be forgiven for assuming the much fooforahed Ivany Report’s call to action on immigration had already become a neatly gift-wrapped fait accompli, topped with a pretty government-tied bow. Not so fast… Click here […]
On the Docket Jimmy Melvin Jr. trial begins Thursday The week began with pretrial motions in Jimmy Melvin, Jr.’s murder trial. Melvin is charged with first-degree murder arising from the death of Terry Marriott, Jr. in 2009. On Thursday, jury selection is scheduled to begin. The trial is scheduled for 24 days. In Court Hubley...
News 1. I Like Trains Really, I do! But that thing they’re talking about running around downtown ain’t no train. The Disneyfication of downtown continues apace. I don’t have the heart to write about it… read Jacob Boon in The Coast. 2. 40 kph speed limits “Halifax city council may be asking the province to lower speed […]
In Court Repeat sex offender gets shut down by Judge Lenehan Judge Gregory Lenehan won’t be back in the public’s good books for some time, after his comments on sexual assault and consent and the acquittal of Bassam Al-Rawi. But I think readers will still enjoy Steve Bruce’s account of Judge Lenehan absolutely shutting down...