Racism reversal pits Dalhousie University against student leader

Racism reversal pits Dalhousie University against student leader

DSU member and political activist Masuma Khan faces senate disciplinary review for challenging white fragility to kiss her ass.
A battle over the notion of reverse racism in student politics is unfolding at Dalhousie University.

Cloudy sales for Solar City

HRM’s solar financing program has an annual budget of $4 million, but is on track for less than $800,000 in installations this year.
The sun isn’t shining as brightly on Solar City these days. Phase two of Halifax’s solar energy financing project has a budget of $13 million for the next three years, but in its first six months has only managed to spend $311,257.

First in its divest class

The Atlantic School of Theology quietly became the first Canadian university to divest from fossil fuels over a year ago. Is Dalhousie next?
Laval got the headlines, but it turns out Halifax’s smallest university was actually the first in Canada to divest from fossil fuels. The Atlantic School of Theology made the historic decision more than a year ago.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Oil spills pose unacceptable threats to marine life

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says oil pipelines have no place in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest. Opponents of the approved Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to the West Coast and the cancelled Energy East pipeline to the East Coast argue pipelines and tankers don’t belong in any coastal areas.

Under the Dome

Controversial dress code policies are part of efforts to rebrand the infamous downtown nightclub, but critics call them nothing short of racial profiling.
The Dome, one of Halifax’s largest nightclubs, rolled out a controversial series of dress code and policy changes last week in an effort to upgrade its image. The club’s new dress code—announced in an infographic posted to its Facebook—includes a ban on tank tops, “undershirt” style white t-shirts, baggy or ripped jeans, sportswear, crocs and white sneakers.

Wanderers stadium might not be game-ready until 2019

Three-year agreement with HRM for temporary facility is still being finalized, and dependent on the Canadian Premier League’s unknown launch date.
The kick-off for a soccer stadium on the Halifax Common won’t be happening as early as organizers had hoped. This past spring, Regional Council approved by unanimous vote a proposal for a new “temporary” sports stadium on the Wanderers Grounds.

Cornwallis panel needs to proceed slowly, cautions HRM councillors

“Listen, if it was up to me and you, we’d go take our chains and a pick-up truck and go take it down right now,” says Shawn Cleary.
It’s been over a week since Halifax Regional Council voted for an expert panel to examine how the city commemorates its problematic founder, but there’s still no word on who will take part. Officially, HRM has four names selected.

SCIENCE MATTERS: It’s time to nix neonics

The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they’re polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk.

The Donald Marshall decision and Digby’s lobster wars

Government inaction on First Nations rights to a “moderate livelihood” are causing anger and outrage in southwest Nova Scotia.
A debate over illegal fishing has reached a boiling point in southwest Nova Scotia. Amidst accusations from non-Indigenous fishers about black market lobster sales, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to finally clarify the policy surrounding a legal case nearly 20 years old.

Clearcutting our losses

The long history of Nova Scotia sacrificing its forests to big pulp, and why it has to end.
In June, the residents of Wentworth Valley awoke to an unfamiliar—and unwelcome—noise. Tree-harvesting machinery had made its way up the western slopes of the valley and was chewing through the mixed Acadian forest atop the mountain.

Update: Matt Whitman all-lives-matters Cornwallis panel

Outspoken councillor faces blowback for his criticism of the committee tasked with judging Halifax’s problematic founder.
Update: Mason clarifies his since-deleted tweet was agreeing only that Whitman, Adams and Hendsbee need public shaming, not that they are shitheads. The councillor previously told The Coast he stood by his comment when asked about “shitheads” Tuesday evening, but today says he thought we were referencing a different comment.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Bye-bye, bug splatter

Masses of monarch butterflies fluttering across Toronto’s waterfront. Painted ladies (often mistaken for monarchs) descending on Montreal.

Tory leader says premier engaged in a cover-up of Michelle Coffin’s story

Jamie Baillie finally got Stephen McNeil to address The Coast's interview with former Liberal staffer during question period.
Premier Stephen McNeil is changing his tune about the rehiring of Kyley Harris, nearly four months after The Coast first reported Michelle Coffin’s story. Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie pressed the premier on the Liberal Party’s version of events during the first question period of the fall assembly at Province House, Friday.

Amy Goodman isn’t giving up hope

The acclaimed journalist and host of Democracy Now! talks media, politics and resistance this Saturday in Halifax.
Amy Goodman has been called “as close to the ideal of what it means to be a journalist as one can get in this business.” And for good reason. The host and executive producer of the acclaimed Democracy Now! news-hour has been lauded with dozens of prestigious journalism awards for her dogged reporting.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Environmentalism is a way of being, not a discipline

I’m often introduced as an environmentalist. I prefer to be called a father, grandfather, scientist or author, as these terms provide insight into my motivation.

Few surprises on Liberal’s to-do list

Ministerial mandate letters outline what to expect from McNeil government.
Now that the fall sitting is officially underway, the McNeil Liberals can start crossing off some items on their legislative to-do list. The government's top priorities were released Friday as part of its ministerial mandate letters, outlining the duties and responsibilities the premier expects from his cabinet.

A second opinion on tax reforms

Some doctors, like Cape Breton’s Monika Dutt, have thrown their support behind the federal government’s prescription for financial health.
Breaking from the dominant position of their colleagues, this week over 300 doctors across the country sent a letter to finance minister Bill Morneau voicing support for proposed tax changes that will eliminate several money-saving mechanisms used by many Canadian physicians.

SCIENCE MATTERS: We can’t sacrifice quality for quantity when it comes to CO2 and food

Bigger isn’t always better. Too much of a good thing can be bad.

Toronto criminology professor hired to study Halifax police street checks

Scot Wortley says the issue of racial bias in policing is “not an easy topic to research or to discuss.”
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has hired one of the country’s leading experts on racial bias in policing for an independent review of police street checks. University of Toronto criminology professor Scot Wortley appeared before Halifax Regional Police brass and the city’s Board of Police Commissioners on Monday to answer questions about his upcoming analysis of the controversial practice.

Internships don’t start here

Unable to find a work term in Halifax, some Dalhousie international students are switching schools or leaving the country in order to graduate.
Gaining overseas work experience while attending university may sound appealing, but some Dalhousie University international students say they’re having trouble completing this mandatory part of their school program because they can’t find a job here in Canada. Yuxi Tang is one of them.

What comes after medical assistance in dying?

International conference looks to answer questions on the ethics, and practice of medical-assisted dying.
How many people have accessed medical assistance in dying since Canada legalized the practice 15 months ago? What are the laws and experiences in other countries that have permitted assisted dying?

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Vol 25, No 21
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