Nova Scotia cabinet ministers met for the first time in three weeks yesterday. After their meeting, journalists had the opportunity to ask the premier a few questions. Inverness airport One question: How much has the Province been asked to contribute to an $18-million airport in Inverness, Cape Breton? The joint venture would make it easier...
Is Nova Scotia Canada’s most secretive jurisdiction? Or does it just act that way? Consider a few especially egregious, not-at-all-transparent episodes from just the last week. Let’s start with the latest on plans to build a new 126,000-sq. ft. community outpatient healthcare facility in Bayers Lake Business Park. Though the facility is ostensibly going to...
News 1. “Conquered people” secrecy “The Nova Scotia government has won another temporary victory in its attempts to keep court documents sealed relating to a controversial brief that suggested the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia were a conquered people,” reports Jean Laroche for the CBC: On Wednesday, Supreme Court of Canada Justice Russell Brown sided with the province […]
News 1. “Conquered people” files to be released The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has ordered the provincial government to release the “conquered people” files. The case centres on an infamous brief written by Justice Department lawyer Alex Cameron in the Alton Gas case. Stephen Kimber recapped the story for the Examiner about six weeks […]
News 1. Pre-election spending spree Jennifer Henderson has updated her ongoing scorecard of pre-election spending by the McNeil government, and I created the following chart so you can follow along: I’ll continually update the chart as more announcements are made. 2. Butterfield Bank, Stephen Lund, and… Sears? On the above chart, you’ll note that on Tuesday Nova […]
November Subscription Drive Click here to purchase a subscription. News 1. McNeil’s pricey PR people suck at their jobs Yesterday on Facebook, Graham Steele posted an analysis of the McNeil government’s reaction to the collapse of negotiations with the teachers union. Steele’s entire post is worth reading, but I was most struck by this: The government’s communication strategy […]
November Subscription Drive Click here to purchase a subscription to the Halifax Examiner. News 1. Just how low, and how bad, can the Chronicle Herald get? In a bid to restart negotiations between the Chronicle Herald management and its striking newsroom employees, the union sent the company a request for a meeting. But the company […]
November Subscription Drive Several readers have pointed me to Dan Rather’s recent Facebook post. Although written in response to the American election results, the same issues hold in Canada: A lot of you have asked me on this page, what can you do in the wake of this election. It’s a question that seems to […]