News 1. Premier vs teachers, round 27 Premier Stephen McNeil returned from his latest trip to Europe and China yesterday, and pretty much immediately started in on the teachers’ union — this time, accusing them of spreading misinformation about cuts. A CP story in The Star Halifax says McNeil criticized the union Thursday for alleging […]
Subscription drive If you haven’t yet, please consider subscribing. 1. Press-conference journalism “I’ve never been a fan of press-conference journalism,” writes Stephen Kimber: It may be a marginal improvement on canned-quotes press-release journalism when it comes to public accountability, but most press conferences I’ve attended are little more than carefully staged theatre pieces designed to […]
News 1. Stephen McNeil probably can’t meet his preschool pledge Jennifer Henderson reports: The Liberal’s pre-election budget included $3.7 million to expand Early Learning Centres to 30 new locations by September, just four months from now, but the locations haven’t been identified, there’s no money to help daycares transition, and school boards have been given no […]
Premier Stephen McNeil had plenty of potential (Hobson’s) choices he could have chosen while he filled his weekend with “considerable soul searching.” How should the premier have responded after Nova Scotia’s 9,300 teachers said no thanks, no thanks, and no thanks again to his government’s contract offers? This was not only the third time the teachers had rejected a government contact...
News 1. One year Today marks the one-year anniversary of the strike by Chronicle Herald newsroom employees. The union is out picketing for the morning commute: at the MacDonald Bridge, at the Fairview overpass, at the Armdale Roundabout, on Bayers Road. The union asks that supporters join them for a noon hour rally at the […]
As Nova Scotia tries to negotiate a new collective contract with province’s teachers, it needs to win a PR battle painting its demands as reasonable and the teachers’ as unfair. But as these power games continue, the province will have to reckon with an increasingly vocal contingent: the students themselves. Hundreds of people, many of...
News 1. Schools closed If you’ve been in a cave or solitary confinement or on a three-day acid trip, you’ve missed that on Saturday the Liberal government ordered all provincial schools closed starting today. What happens now? On their respective Facebook pages, Graham Steele and Andrew Younger have been posting their informed knowledge of house […]
Hi Halifax, Katie here! Tim says he’s tired so is taking the morning off. (I secretly think he just wants to see my memes though.) News 1. Court must decide whether to approve Africville lawsuit Over 50 years ago Africville, the historic Black Nova Scotian community outside Halifax, was razed to the ground in the name of so-called “urban […]
November Subscription Drive Graham Steele writes: I’ve subscribed to the Halifax Examiner since it started for one simple reason: Halifax needs it. Somebody has to watch. I’ve been there. I know. In the back rooms of government, it was the reporters and columnists we cared about. It scares me to think what would happen if there was nobody to […]