Misinformation mine: Facebook shuts down Halifax man’s pro-Trump trade

Misinformation mine: Facebook shuts down Halifax man’s pro-Trump trade

Revenue streams have dried up for Nicholas Kingsland, all thanks to the social media giant's crackdown on fake news.
For the past three years, Nicholas Kingsland has made his income sharing hyper-partisan news stories about American politics on social media. His livelihood involves spreading polarizing content across multiple Facebook pages to an easily riled, mostly right-wing audience—generating revenue by sharing links and driving high volumes of traffic to other websites.

Waging war on minimum wage

Everyone agrees people should be making more money. How we get there is up for debate.
In front of a Westin Hotel ballroom full of Atlantic Canadian business leaders and politicians, a panel discussion on minimum wage quickly became about how—not if—Nova Scotia could hike its wages to $15 an hour.

Public coffers, private bonanza

Feds pump millions into Supercluster consortium, all to create new ways to commodify and commercialize the ocean.
It’s torture watching this loop play over and over again: Public money filling the already-deep pockets of the corporate elite, while they hypocritically tout the mantra of the free market economy.

SCIENCE MATTERS: We can’t close our eyes to climate change

Contrary to a common perception, ignoring climate change won’t make it disappear.

Halifax police prep for cyber attacks

The department is hiring a new chief information security officer to combat external threats to its computer systems.
The Halifax Regional Police department is on the hunt for a new chief information security officer to develop and then manage its IT security, strategy and operations.

Building a case for an Africentric school

Over the last several years, I've been one of the few Black teachers in the schools I've worked in. This matters.
The community my father grew up in went without a school for 40 years. My father, Charlie Wilson, was born into segregation in 1927.

Explosive costs from 100-year memorial

HRM is evaluating its Halifax Explosion grants program after last year's historic centennial efforts.
Honouring our heritage can be educational, sobering and life-affirming.

SCIENCE MATTERS: More action needed to ensure safe water for First Nations

All nine community water systems on Lytton First Nation land in B.C. have been under boil water advisories at one time or another.

Matt Whitman stands by white supremacists’ message

Halifax councillor wants the record number of complaints filed with city hall about his behaviour to be debated in public.
All the people who don’t like Matt Whitman just don’t know the “real” Matt Whitman.

Dating while trans

Trans women are often seen as something abhorrent or an exotic fetish, but rarely as human beings.
I’m transgender, which is to say I’ve had my sex misidentified at birth. There are a lot of stereotypes about trans people, especially trans women and girls.

Welcome to the dungeon

The Society of Bastet opens its BDSM gates to the public on February 17.
In the absence of the Everything To Do With Sex Show this year, the Society of Bastet is opening its dungeon’s doors to the public.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Save the planet; eat an insect

People sometimes get bugged by insects, but we need them.

Shubenacadie sham!

Despite government cover-up, The Coast has learned Nova Scotia's beloved weather-predicting groundhog has died and been replaced multiple times.
The legend of Shubenacadie Sam is built on a wildlife park of lies. Officially the government maintains its beloved prognosticating groundhog is “ageless,” but a year-long The Coast investigation has learned several different rodents have been given the identity over the decades.

Resigned to isolation in an inaccessible city

The threat of serious injury just for walking out the front door is a constant concern in winter.
As a person living with cerebral palsy, the concern of accessibility is always on my mind. I take the time to map out my routes and watch the weather, hoping that I will be able to take a bus and make that commitment I planned weeks ago.

Spectacle Island speculation

The owner of this small island in Purcells Cove might make it a park, if the city will buy if off him.
The picnicker’s paradise known as Spectacle Island is currently for sale, and the site’s private owners wouldn’t mind seeing it transferred into public hands. The small island in Purcells Cove, within eyeshot from Point Pleasant Park, has been owned by Barry Mosher and his family for the last decade.

Cornwallis statue is history

Council votes to temporarily remove racist monument in act of reconciliation.
Edward Cornwallis is coming down off his pedestal, at least for a while. Halifax Regional Council voted Tuesday to remove the controversial bronze statue of the city’s founder and place it into temporary storage.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Emergency order aims to protect resident orcas

Canada is losing a lot of its wildlife. The World Wildlife Fund’s 2017 Living Planet Report Canada found half the monitored mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species declined from 1970 to 2014.

A lack of imagination on Bloomfield

Parent Caroline Arsenault is upset the province passed on HRM's offer to buy the decaying property for a new school.
Whatever is going to happen to the old Bloomfield Centre, thanks to the province it won’t be a new school. Caroline Arsenault, a parent who lives near the abandoned north end property, isn’t impressed with that decision.

Cleary downplays Stroink conflict on Willow Tree

Councillor says his friendship with Armco's agent causes more problems for him than it grants the developer any favours.
Ask Shawn Cleary about his friendship with Joachim Stroink and he’ll tell you something this town already knows. “In Halifax, it’s one-and-a-half degrees of separation,” he says.

Abdoul Abdi and the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children

The department of Community Services is willing to investigate abuses from decades ago, while ignoring the problems of today.
The provincial inquiry into systemic abuses at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children shouldn’t be granted any extension on its work until they acknowledge another, currently ongoing injustice of the department of Community Services’ own creation.

Fighting for equity in the workplace

Liane Tessier and Judy Haiven are founding a "mutual help group" to support marginalized people who have experienced discrimination on the job.
Liane Tessier says she decided to start the Equity Watch group because she doesn't want anyone else to go through what she did. Tessier is a former firefighter who fought for 12 years to receive a settlement for her human rights complaint.

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Vol 25, No 39
February 22, 2018

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