The 25 stories of 2018

The 25 stories of 2018

Glitter Beans, smoking bans and unkillable agaves: The year in review.
On the bright side of another crappy year, the local patriarchy had a bad time. Powerful men who abused that power were called to account, and from the margins came heroes.

Glitter Bean’s labour of love

The most inspiring labour story this year was a queer-owned, queer-focused venue where the city gathers to organize, socialize and celebrate.
The workers at the Smiling Goat’s Spring Garden Road location weren’t given much warning the day their cafe closed last April. The building’s landlords—Just Us!

City hall's equity watchdogs

Halifax has spent the past year explaining away case after case of racism, discrimination and sexism in its workforce. Liane Tessier wants to hear a different story.
It's been a year since Liane Tessier got her apology. A lot has changed since then, but not much is different.

Halifax council got burned by cannabis legalization

Pot legalization was the story of the year across Canada, and city council responded by essentially throwing a tantrum.
The drug cartel machinations that make for such great binge-watching played out in real life around the legalization of cannabis. Kingpin Justin Trudeau, a glamorous jet-setter protected by armed guards, issues the game-changing orders: Weed is legal now, and for my tribute, I’m taking a dollar-per-gram “excise tax” kickback.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Major health study shows benefits of combatting climate change

A lack of concerted effort from governments is compromising human health and health infrastructure.
During the holiday season, people often drink toasts to health.

Tourism association pulled out of Airbnb working group after two meetings

Province’s report is missing industry input because the industry walked away from the table, says former TIANS member.
A working group report on the regulation of online accommodation sharing websites like Airbnb and VRBO has input from just about every relevant stakeholder—except the tourism industry. The only representatives from the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia at the table pulled out of the working group after two meetings.

Dartmouth Shambhala group downsizes

Declining attendance doesn't appear to be a factor of Buddhist Project Sunshine allegations, says coordinator.
The Dartmouth Shambhala Meditation Group is giving up its rented space at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning and will no longer regularly bring in teachers to address a dwindling group of participants, says Margaret Angus, the group’s coordinator. Angus has been with the group since it was established in 2006.

Nova Scotia’s solidarity with Cuba

It’s no surprise Cuba’s new star-power ambassador chose Nova Scotia for her official trip outside central Canada.
In late January 1994, Glenn Ells’ phone rang.

Lion’s Club bars anti-immigration event

Right-wing National Citizen's Alliance spins the cancellation of its event as “caving into fascism.”
The National Citizen’s Alliance has had its “Public Discussion on Mass Immigration” event cancelled due to controversy surrounding the anti-immigration party.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Politicians who deny reality aren’t fit to lead

In the face of an overwhelming crisis that threatens our very future, it might be time for an overhaul of our democratic and political systems.
When faced with conclusive evidence of a major threat to citizens, a true leader would do everything possible to confront it.

Waitlist, schmaitlist

How much luck does someone need to get a family doctor around here?
Adam Barrett, 34, was brushing his teeth and scrolling through Facebook last week when he saw a post about Family Practice Associate’s clinic in the north end accepting new patients.

Hotel and property managers don’t trust Airbnb

Leaders in both the hotel and property management industries raise concerns about Airbnb’s refusal to share data.
Airbnb’s refusal to share data on the number of multi-unit hosts who use its platform is a concern for traditional accommodation industries. Last year, the Hotel Association of Canada commissioned CBRE to complete a nationwide report measuring the impact of Airbnb accommodation-sharing on the hotel and housing markets.

Heritage status granted to Dennis Building

Province changes its mind, now supports municipal heritage application for 155-year-old downtown property.

After months of debate, consultation and meetings, the Dennis Building has been granted heritage status.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Decades of denial and stalling have created a climate crunch

Knowingly putting humanity—and countless other species—at risk for the sake of profit is an intergenerational crime against humanity, but it’s unlikely any perpetrators will face justice.
In a 1965 speech to members, American Petroleum Institute president Frank Ikard outlined the findings of a report by then-president Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee, based in part on research the institute conducted in the 1950s.

Plastic bag ban still up for debate

Council to discuss voluntary industry ban of single-use plastics.
Plastic bags may be in peril in the HRM.

Harassment complaint against Youth Project executive director unfounded, investigation concludes

External review finds Kate Shewan did not engage in misconduct of any kind.
A workplace harassment complaint made against Youth Project executive director Kate Shewan has been found by a third-party investigator to be without merit. The complaint was made against Shewan sometime in September, at which point the LGBTQ+ non-profit says it contracted lawyer Rebecca Saturley with Stewart McKelvey to look into the matter.

Unclear how many people have signed up for CFL season tickets

Maritime Football says 5,000 deposits have been made towards its fantasy football team, but won't say how many buyers that number represents.
Maritime Football isn’t releasing many details about its season ticket campaign. The company announced last week that 5,000 pre-sale deposits have already been made towards season tickets for Halifax’s unnamed, unconfirmed CFL expansion team, just two weeks after the ticket drive was announced.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Ocean study criticism shows benefits of scientific method

Denying the legitimacy of science leaves us with what? Personal beliefs? Ignoring what’s in front of us to maintain the status quo?
Errors in a recent ocean warming study illustrate global warming’s complexity.

United by hate

The Soldiers of Odin have been walking the streets of Halifax; in their footsteps creating a path for far-right extremist ideas to radicalize Atlantic Canadians.
Decked out in leather vests and black hoodies, the Soldiers of Odin are spreading their message of white nationalism on the streets of Halifax. At least, they were up until a couple of weeks ago.

New data suggests Airbnb’s impact on Halifax’s rental climate

Over 50 percent of listings in the urban core come from landlords with multiple properties, instead of the single-home families the app likes to portray as its base.
Airbnb likes to position its hosts as everyday people offering up their homes for a little cash when they take a vacation or leave on a work trip.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Tackling climate change requires healing the divide

We must call out those who stall or prevent solutions to serve their own self-interest and political agendas.
Canadian climate change opinion is polarized, and research shows the divide is widening.

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