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Re: “How do you buy weed in Halifax?

Need prices like that in Newfoundland. Damn Jealous.

Posted by GOO on 04/18/2015 at 2:21 AM

Re: “This Changes Nothing.

People who had to be paid to make your book available for the bargain price of $40.00:

1. The workers who cut down the trees
2. The truck drivers who drove the trees to the pulp and paper mill
3. The people at the pulp and paper mill
4. The paper distribution company
5. More truck drivers
6. The writer
7. The editor
8. The publication designer
9. The illustrators and cartographers
10. The printing company
11. The book bindery
12. More truck drivers
13. The distribution company
14. The seller and staff, whether large "Amazonian" seller or local independent
15. And if you ordered online, more truck drivers, couriers, and/or postal delivery people
16. Numerous accountants, copyright lawyers, receptionists, typists, proofreaders, agents, salespeople . . . .

and that is just a superficial summary.

You know, of course, that in the most olden of days, books were such rare and expensive treasures that the wealthiest kings flaunted "libraries" of MAYBE 10 or 20 books IF THEY WERE LUCKY.

Today, we can get any book imaginable from around the world within a matter of hours, often for pennies, OR we can borrow them FREE from the Library, OR we can download them as e-books. There is literally NO knowledge that is unavailable.

All that for 2 or 3 hours of easy work? An bargain beyond price if you ask me.

Posted by Angel of the Tarsands on 04/17/2015 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Film drama

^^^ First of all, I didn't mean to imply that people in the film industry are unskilled. Of course I know there are many trades and skills involved (electricians, carpenters, graphic designers, animators, actors, etc., etc.). I know a number of them personally. My comment about skills was in relation to some of the fly-by-night call centres that have come and gone. They seem to be able to pick up and move at a moments notice. I'm not sure if they were ever a good investment.

Anyway, I've read up more on the issue today and a number of people (such as Graham Steele) do make a good case for some sort of government support for the film industry - at least in the near term. The impression I got is that changes did need to be made to the funding model but the current government botched the situation by not consulting enough and not giving the industry advance notice and time to adapt. Hopefully, an interim agreement can be reached.

The bottom line, though, is that, while I'm sure everyone wants the industry to succeed here, I'm sure you will agree it's in everyone's interest that it not be totally dependent on government for it's survival. Words like doomed and dead were used to describe the budget impact on the industry. Is it really that drastic? If so, that's not good for anyone. It must be excruciating for all of the people working in the industry to be subject to each year's provincial budget.

I'm sure there are some very intelligent people in the industry.. Surely they can come up with a plan to ensure the sustainability of the industry so that it is less dependent on the government budget cycle and the capricious whims of successive governments. Is that something that is being talked about?

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Posted by Eggy Pop on 04/17/2015 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Cheddar Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means

It was probably that Old Fort cheddar. It does tend to have a rather distinctive odor.

Posted by Angel of the Tarsands on 04/17/2015 at 9:11 PM


Oh, the woes of the sheltered, entitled generation . . . for whom all interactions are "creepy" and all unscripted sexuality is "rapey."

How's that "Stranger Danger" workin' out for ya in adulthood?

Posted by Angel of the Tarsands on 04/17/2015 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Tax Credits

Haha! Well said, More.

Posted by geekchick on 04/17/2015 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Rich little prince doesn’t want to share his free money

Correction: Risley is involved in the film industry. Clearwater Fine Foods Inc. owns the film production company Fuel Films which shoots mostly in other jurisdictions (where I am sure it receives tax credits). So yeah, he wants his competitors in the film industry to get less of that sweet tax break money.…

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Posted by chris902 on 04/17/2015 at 8:56 PM

Re: “The Power of Prejudice

Dear middle-class slumming panhandler guy,

Trivializing the plight of the homeless is not "cool" -- poverty, unemployment, addiction, and child/youth abandonment are serious problems, not some summer lark for people who think that slumming it is a fun way to have an "alternative" lifestyle.

People like you are happy to ask for spare change from all the people you despise for "assimilating."

It's OK for everyone else around the world to bust their ass making and selling all the stuff you love and use--your dope, your coffee, your beer, your computer, your smartphone, your wifi, even those beads you wear in your dreadlocks, and the very cardboard and markers you use to make your signs--but not you, precious little entitled one, you are "above" doing anything so demeaning as working in the production of any of those products. You think you the people who make all these things possible should give them to you for free.

And you wonder why no one wants to hand over to you any of their "spare" change? You know, the money they got from working?

By the way, if you have the writing skills and access to technology required to actually make a post in English on LTWWB, you are in the very top privileged elite of the world. You might want to consider using these gifts to do something more valuable to yourself and others than asking for their "spare" change.

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Posted by Angel of the Tarsands on 04/17/2015 at 8:44 PM

Re: “A timeline of film production in Nova Scotia

Pre Tax Credit, explains the rating I guess...

Posted by Cranky on 04/17/2015 at 7:57 PM

Re: “A timeline of film production in Nova Scotia

"Lexx, The Dark Zone" series, Salter Street and TiMe Films, employed people for over seven years in Halifax, 1995-2002. It began as four movies, directed by Paul Donovan.

"Calm at Sunset", 1996, Boys Next Door Productions. Daniel Petrie, director.

"Bag of Bones", an A&E mini-series based upon the Stephen King novel. 2011, Sennet Entertainment.

Beyond TPB, there have been many TV series made here that aren't mentioned. The children's shows at DHX Media alone would make a good list.

Posted by Kevin Sollows on 04/17/2015 at 7:55 PM

Re: “The Seaport Market's inadvertent whitening

Why was a pile of money dumped into the Seaport Farmers Market again?…

Posted by Cranky on 04/17/2015 at 7:28 PM

Re: “A timeline of film production in Nova Scotia

Plus George's Island

Posted by Fiona Talbot-Strong on 04/17/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “A timeline of film production in Nova Scotia

Posted by Fiona Talbot-Strong on 04/17/2015 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Political calculus and the film tax credit cut

I agree totally and I am a baby boomer.

Posted by Christine McInnis on 04/17/2015 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Film drama

Eggy Pop - you are sadly misinformed about what our industry truly is. Seasonal employment? In what sense? The film industry will uproot only if we are forced out - I love it here and have no intention of leaving. The tax credit ensures that the film industry here continues to thrive.

Millions of dollars are pumped into the local economy through film productions. Costumes, Props, Sets, Construction, Catering - all of these departments buy tens of thousands of dollars per productions directly into local stores. This is money that wouldn't be flooding into the local economy otherwise. Do a little research, do some math and then get back to me. I'll wait.

How dare you insult us as unskilled workers. We are unionized professionals. We are hard working and intelligent people.

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Posted by sarahedunsworth65346756 on 04/17/2015 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Tax Credits

J S , you have never paid a motion picture employees wages. No Nova Scotian ever has.
The so called tax credit, is money paid back to a Producer, who has already spent it here on Nova Scotian worker.That worker pays a shit load of taxes on 100% of what he earns, a project may see 1/3 of its budget be labor, not all that labor is done by Nova Scotians, not a Nova rebate.
So these people come here with 6 million, spend it, get maybe 1 million back in rebate, after 2 audits & everything checked & it takes 18 months to 2 years to get it.

But If I could get someone to hire my company & pay me 6 million dollars if I rebate him for the Nova Scotian labor part ..... I and any business man with a half a brain would sign that contract in a second ...because 5 million would be staying with me !

J S must have been a Provincial finance employee, if not he would probably be as smart as any of them !

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Posted by More on 04/17/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “WTF Has the Government Done????

I was speaking to a motion picture worker today who was pissed that the government, & no one else has mentioned that while there may be a subsidy for Nova Scotian worker ONLY.
What HE As One Of Those Workers, wants someone to put out to the public , He See's each paycheque is more than half of that paycheque taken away in Federal taxes, Provincial Taxes, Cpp, EI & what he has left he pays 15% more taxes on almost everything he buys, except liquor or gas....which is taxed way damn more than 15%.

So as he sees it the Provincial government is doing this to get even more taxes than its already getting from Motion Picture workers from Nova Scotia. They now want the Producers incentive ...which is already ...SPENT ON THE MAKING OF THE SHOW

The Motion Picture Industry is not costing Nova Scotian's money , what the problem really is, its like the goose that lays the golden eggs. Instead of being happy with a small egg, the Liberals, are going to eviscerate the hen & see how many golden eggs are inside ....too bad none of them have the common sense of the average muppet & they don't realize killing the hen will mean no more eggs period.

Nova Scotia tax payers do not pay tax dollars into the making of motion picture projects. Government REBATES Producers for MONEY already paid by them to NOVA SCOTIAN WORKERS FOR THE LABOR PORTION ONLY! everything else they spend is just like what you & I do the government keeps their taxes the local businesses make their profits.
& unlike a mine, or a gas or oil well , they take nothing away from here, but pictures & souvenirs after spending millions of dollars on everything else they need right here in Nova Scotia.

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Posted by More on 04/17/2015 at 6:43 PM

Re: “The Power of Prejudice

BTW, OB, a "hobo" is historically an itinerant worker so you can't claim to be a hobo. You are a "panhandler" - someone who begs for money. I mention this because hobos had a code of ethics that included:

- When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.
-Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.

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Posted by Eggy Pop on 04/17/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “The ecology of life in Halifax

I have the same question as the above poster. I'd love to use this data in a report but I have no idea how representative it is. Thanks!

Posted by joshuna on 04/17/2015 at 6:11 PM

Re: “A timeline of film production in Nova Scotia

Trudeau, Ambulance Girl, several of the Tom Selleck Stone movies and there are many more on my list. We need to keep film alive in our province.

Posted by Carole Hanrahan on 04/17/2015 at 5:34 PM

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