I could say I told them so — and I did, way back when “them” was still Rodney Macdonald and his Tories, and from then on forward through Darrell Dexter and Stephen McNeil to whatever same-old-same-old will come next — but I’d have to stand in a too-long line behind all the other told-them-so nattering...
“We believe being in 25 communities is a big strength… I believe telling local stories in Gander, and in St. John’s, and in Corner Brook, and Summerside, and Sydney are going to be what supports this network. Not amalgamating. Not putting the same copy in every paper.” Mark Lever, Saltwire CEO Financial Post interview July 17,...
News 1. Cabinet shuffle This item is written by Joan Baxter. Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is no more. Yesterday, Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government renamed it the Department of Lands and Forestry (not, however, Lands and Forests, something lamented by the insightful Facebook page devoted to Nova Scotia’s “Woods and Water”). Timberlea-Prospect […]
Calvin Clarke has won his constructive dismissal suit against the Chronicle Herald. Justice Suzanne Hood has ruled that the Herald must pay Clarke $77,761.87, which is the equivalent of 16 months’ pay ($103,616) minus money Clarke owed the the Herald and income Clarke earned at other jobs after he quit the Herald. Additionally, Hood ordered […]
News 1. Constructive dismissal The trial of Calvin Clarke’s suit against the Halifax Herald Ltd. continued in Supreme Court yesterday, with testimony from Nancy Cook, who holds the ridiculous title of “chief people officer” at Saltwire, the Herald’s parent company, followed by Alex Liot, the VP of Sales. Clarke is claiming “constructive dismissal,” which basically means […]
As a crippling 18-month strike drags on, the Nova Scotia government has appointed an independent arbitrator to try to strike an agreement between the Chronicle Herald and its unionized workers. This industrial inquiry, the first in Nova Scotia in nearly a quarter century, gives the mediator, William Kaplan, sweeping powers, including the ability to subpoena […]
“If the statue’s going to become a gathering place for white supremacists and fascists, then it ain’t staying.” – Waye Mason This past weekend saw another demonstration in Cornwallis Park to remove the statue of Halifax founder and all-around shitheel Edward Cornwallis. The statue remains, which is a disappointment, but the dialogue continues. Bear in […]
This week, we speak with Mary Campbell, the publisher and editor of the Cape Breton Spectator about why her region needed a new journalistic voice. Plus, we unveil a special subscription deal for readers! This interview dovetails from a discussion about what effect the proposed news bailout would have on Atlantic journalism, especially seeing as how one union-busting […]
I’m excited to announce a new collaboration with the Cape Breton Spectator. Here’s what I wrote about the Spectator when Mary Campbell launched the site last year: Campbell is of the Campbell clan that published the former Cape Breton Highlander, a radical labour paper published in Sydney from 1963 through 1976, and her sister is Susan Campbell, the host […]
News 1. Government financial support for the Chronicle Herald Following up on a report last winter from the Public Policy Forum, News Media Canada has put forward a proposal for the federal government to subsidize Canadian media to the tune of $350 million annually. It’s always a bad idea to get the government involved in journalism, for lots […]