Today’s Morning File is by guest writer Lewis Rendell.

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In the harbour


1. Unfiltered Brewing is suing the NSLC

The foul mouthed fellows behind one of north end Halifax’s newest breweries (the aptly named Unfiltered Brewing) are suing the NSLC over fees they say are unfair. As CBC reports, the brewery claims that the LC’s fifty cent per litre markup fee (“Retail Mark-Up Sales Allocation”) cost the local upstart roughly $24,000 in its first year of business. 

Unfiltered’s case rests on the claim that the NSLC fee is “unconstitutional” because though it applies, the brewery’s products do not appear in NSLC retail stores and its owners say they receive no benefits or services from the corporation.

The issue will go to court on September 6th. No word on whether the proprietors will cuss out the corporation the way they do dissenting voices on Twitter. 

Buy a growler or take the sticker or fuck off.

— Unfiltered Brewing (@unfilteredbrews) August 15, 2016

2. Halifax Transit bus driver quits amid child luring accusations


A video of a confrontation posted to Facebook by vigilante “creep catcher” Reggie Cameron prompted a Halifax Transit bus driver (one of two bus drivers who was accused of child luring two years ago) to leave his post behind the wheel. Creep catchers pose as minors on dating sites and wait for adults to arrange meetings before showing up to film and shame the would-be “creeps.”

As Tim reported yesterday, ‘Cameron posed as a 15-year-old girl on the dating app Skout. Skout allows users to be as young as 13 years old if they have parental approval. In Cameron’s case, he posed as a girl whose posted age was 23, but whose first post was “Messed up my profile, I’m only 15.”’

Cameron’s video of his encounter with the bus driver at a local mall has been viewed over 40,000 times.

Read the full story here.

3. Notorious pimp Florence Young granted parole

After being granted day parole in December 2015 following 16 months in custody, Florence Muriel Young, 37, is now out on full parole, reports the CBC. In August 2014, Young pleaded guilty to 5 prostitution-related charges, some of which involved minors.

4. Penny who?

Jade Hannah competes in the 50m butterfly at the 2016 Ken Dunn Long Course Championships at the Dalplex in July. Photo: Ryan Taplin / Local Xpress
Jade Hannah competes in the 50m butterfly at the 2016 Ken Dunn Long Course Championships at the Dalplex in July. Photo: Ryan Taplin / Local Xpress

As Monty Mosher reports for Local Xpress, we should all be watching for 14-year-old Jade Hannah, a swimming phenom from Halifax who’s giving a big ol’ middle finger to existing records and breaking them like she was built for it. Hannah has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics and the city should be waving a big foam finger for her as she trains. As the current Olympic games chug on, may we all be reminded that teen girls are magic.

When I was 14, I was smoking peach cigarillos in a boat while I trolled for trout.


1. The Chronicle Herald does a bad thing

Now, I don’t have a journalism degree but I’m pretty sure they teach you not to do this on like the first day of J-school.

AllNovaScotia reports that a Herald scab sent a draft of a story to a gov’t spokesperson before publishing. Real reporters know better.

— Frances Willick (@fwillick) August 15, 2016

2. Totally Justified Cranky Letter of the Day

Over at The Coast, a Love The Way We Bitch outlines exactly the kind of casual violence women encounter on a daily basis. The “bitcher” says:

Me: the bride on my bachelorette party
You: a random man who gave me a few puffs of a joint
Apparently you thought it was okay to pull me backwards a few feet by my hair in order to get my attention. I want you to know that you hurt me and that what you did was not okay. Thanks for sharing your j, but that doesn’t give you a right to touch me, let alone assault me. Go fuck yourself.—Sore Scalp

As a young woman, this situation is not unfamiliar to me. Neither are the comments calling the woman a liar. I used to tweet every catcall hurled at me from a construction site or passing car, but cut it out because I didn’t think folks would believe me anymore, especially given the frequency with which it happens.

If someone touches me inappropriately (see: the time I was groped at the Marquee Club, the time a man spit on me outside the Propeller brewery, the time I was grabbed by the front of my jacket and called a bitch on my walk to a friend’s place, the time a man asked me if I wanted to “neck like teenagers” and touched my thighs as I watched a hockey game) I’m even less likely to use a public forum to talk about it because of the loud (male) voices telling me I’m a liar or a softie or that I was asking for it.

I just wanted to use this public forum to tell the Coast “bitcher” that I see her and hear her and believe her and that I’m sorry this happened to her.


Because we can’t have nice things like major concert tours stopping in, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be hosting Tragically Hip karaoke all week, with proceeds benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society. It’s touching and kind of small town embarrassing, but I love it.


No public meetings.

On campus

No events scheduled.

In the harbour

3am: Dalian Express, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for Cagliari, Italy
11am: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, arrives at Pier 41 from St. John’s
3:30pm: California Highway, car carrier, sails from Autoport for sea
4pm: Tokyo Express, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from Rotterdam
11pm: Atlantic Cartier, ro-ro container, arrives at Fairview Cove from New York

3am: Tokyo Express, container ship, sails from Fairview Cove for New York
6am: ZIM Barcelona, container ship, arrives at HalTerm from New York
9am: Tahoma, US Coast Guard cutter, sails from NC5 for sea


Tim will be on The Rick Howe Show, at 10:15am today, talking about excellence in bureaucratic hiring.

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  1. I’ve been refilling a Big Spruce Growler at a shop that’s on my way home from work, with beer that is mostly not Big Spruce (great beer, not always available). Is there some rule about not filling other peoples marked growlers?

  2. I’m not a lawyer, but I”m pretty sure Unfiltered’s claim rests on the issue of whether or not the NSLC is authorised through legislation to collect the fee.

    Also, while Unfiltered may be new, Greg Nash has been around the beer scene for a very long time; this company isn’t just the new rude boys on the block trying to show off, as the tone implies.

  3. If you go to the Rare Bird Brewpub in Guysborough, and buy one of their (much sought after) clear glass growlers, they can fill it for you at the bar and you can pay for it at the bar, but you can’t take it yourself. One of the staff has to take it for you, detour through the brewery and then deliver the growler to you on the sidewalk! Local laws apparently, but I imagine that sales must take a nosedive on rainy days!

  4. re: justified cranky
    I see you and hear you and thank you for writing that, although the attention may just encourage more commenters to try to outdo the others in cruelty. the LTWWB banned so many of the articulate members it’s turned into a slow flush down the toilet now, desperate for clicks.

  5. I was told by a couple selling their beer at the Lunenburg market that they can’t sell in Nova Scotia liquor stores unless they are able to supply enough to be sold in all stores. If true, that seems onerous to me. In NB, microbrewed beers are often available in liquor stores and agency stores in limited areas near the brewery, besides being sold at the brewery itself. .Sometimes they will drive their product to such stores in larger markets. But they don’t have to supply all stores in the province. On the other hand, they can’t sell in farmers markets here. Only wine, cider, and perry can be sold, because NB LIquor wants the foot traffic from beer. I think too they have to pay some kind of danegeld to the liquor corporation too, even if it never touches the product sold at the brewery or directly to bars & restaurants. Across Canada, we have some very silly booze laws. Much better than they were when I turned drinking age a long time ago, but still silly.

  6. I find it hilarious that the guy bitches about other people’s advertising when you know he pastes his company name on all his customer Webpages.