Burning Ears for Tuesday

Who in the world is talking about Halifax (Jul.10/07)

A big meeting and a medium-sized government grant have Canadian tongues wagging. Joel Plaskett inspires righteous indignation from the States. And a reader's tip warns about English people retiring here in droves. Full links apres jump.

from Toronto
The Assembly of First Nations started its annual general meeting today in Halifax. What's on the agenda for the three-day session? CBC says:

The recent national aboriginal day of action is the key item up for debate at this week's Assembly of First Nations meeting in Halifax. While many groups held peaceful vigils, marches and educational sessions on June 29, armed Mohawk protesters in Ontario barricaded a major rail line and a highway.

National Chief Phil Fontaine called the action day a success, and said people have a right to protest but must be prepared for possible legal consequences. (story here)

The gathering's expected to attract 500 participants, a pretty sizable piece of business for Halifax's convention industry.

from Ottawa
When I read about Canada's public works minister, Michael Fortier, announcing federal cash to repair the Dominion Public Building, I thought it was standard-issue Conservative spending to bribe some love out of Nova Scotians. Little did I know politics doesn't enter into it at all.

This repair and conservation project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to protecting its heritage properties, and to ensuring their long life and sustainability.

The safety and security of the building's employees and the general public is Public Works and Government Services Canada's first priority. This project will stabilize the steel supporting structure and sandstone cladding on the tower. The project may extend over a two-year period. (story here)

The Dominion building grant is $5.4 million, a drop in the bucket compared to last week's $3.1 BILLION frigate refit announcement. Now that was a bribe.

from Pennsylvania
The Duke of Straw, who writes "The Late Greats" blog about unsung (pardon the pun) musicians, has taken up a cause close to our heart. In a writeup headlined "Why The F*ck Is No One In America Blogging About: Joel Plaskett Emergency" the Duke points out that Joel is ripe for massive popularity because "His songs focus on the three basics of rock and roll: drinking, girls and more drinking." Aye, Duke, aye. (story here)

from Kent, England
A reader named Graham sent in this gem from Fly2let, an site offering news to English people who own property abroad. Or who might be thinking about buying property abroad, like in Nova Scotia. Not only is our province "relatively undiscovered" by prospective buyers, but the prices are rock bottom.

The area, known for its beautiful scenery, safety and quality of life, is easily accessible from the UK, with the average transatlantic journey taking only five and a half hours, and a number of airlines offering direct flights to the provincial capital of Halifax.

There are some low prices for recreational and second home property. Furnished cottages with access to lakes and rivers can be bought for less than £30,000. Quality waterfront properties are available for under £150,000. Even at the luxury end of the market, some of the finest homes on America’s Eastern coast can be purchased for under £750,000. (story here)

Anyone considering the move from England to here should be warned, however, that Nova Scotia's ubiquitous "fish and chips" are a pale imitation of the UK version.

When you see Halifax mentioned anywhere else in the world, tell me about it here.

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