I've had my fill of Rodney "The Wimpinator" MacDonald and his mercurial approach to getting pissed at Stephen Harper. (If you haven't, that's what they invented Google for.) Far more thrilling are reports from tourists and Atlantica protests. Full links apres jump.
THERE REALLY IS SO MUCH TO SEE
An American visitor to these shores is raving about her trip online. At least that's the impression we're supposed to get from a MySpace blog claiming to belong to 22-year-old Erica Butler, a Gemini from Mechanicsville, Virginia:
I'm back in the US after an amazing trip to Nova Scotia! It makes me wonder why more people don't go there considering how friendly everyone is and how spectacular the views are on the scenic drives. I guess they just don't know what they're missing! (full post here)Call me crazy, but I'm suspecting "Erica" is premier RodMac in cyberdisguise.
THE CITY OF RAIN
from Georgetown, Ontario
The Bagatellies, an Ontario punk band, had some great times on their recent east coast tour. "Charlottetown you guys kick ass and party hard!!" says their blog. And Sydney was "a wicked cool place with some wicked cool babes." But they hated Halifax:
next day we bailed to halifax, the city of rain and ghetto ass bitches. we spent 4 days in this town, and played one show at a gay and lesbian bar. we were supposed to have three shows but the first had poopie promotion and the last one was in the fuckin ghetto and we thought we'd get shot. (actually the venue got closed down the day before because of a rat and cheese problem in the kitchen. (story here)I'm not feeling the premier's handiwork on this one. But I'll bet he thinks The Bagatellies SUCK.
CALLING ALL STOWAWAYS
from Portland, Maine
The Press Herald paper takes a page from The Shipping News with a story about container boats. There hasn't been a container ship calling on Portsmouth, New Hampshire for 16 years, and Portland's been off the map for almost a year, but that dry spell is ending in early July, thanks to a new Boston-to-Halifax run.
Eimskip, a major ship operator, will begin offering weekly container service to Portland and Portsmouth in July, the company announced Wednesday.New England, we're ready to welcome your dry goods and illegal immigrants…
The ship, Seaboard Navigator, will carry cargo between Portland, Portsmouth, Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia. It will also offer feeder service to the transoceanic shipping lines calling at Boston and Halifax.
Portland hasn't been served by a container ship since July 24, 2006, when Canadian authorities seized the previous vessel that served Portland, the K-Wind, because of a financial dispute between the ship's owner and a subcontractor. (story here)
THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTICA
from Brandon, Manitoba
…or maybe you should shove your damn exports right up your ass. Opposition to the proposed Atlantica free trade zone is growing, with protesters ready for the three-day Atlantica conference starting today in Halifax. The Brandon Sun has a wire story about the human response to the business deal:
About 200 protesters gathered in light rain outside a downtown convention centre Thursday with drums, posters and flags to protest against a proposed trade zone between Eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.Hey hey, ha ha, let's sink Atlantica.
Opponents say a conference on the so-called Atlantica proposal are undemocratic and will only benefit big business. "We're deeply concerned about the lack of democracy, the lack of transparency in this process," Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians, said at the protest before the meetings officially got underway. (story here)
When you come across people mentioning Halifax, think "Burning Ears needs my help." Send links here.