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My summers on the Harbour Hopper

My summers on the Harbour Hopper

A lot of people hate the iconic amphibious tour rides, and I'm one of them.
Summertime in the city, and everybody is hating on our infamous amphibious vehicle, the Harbour Hopper.

Affordable housing musical chairs

Cheap rent builds creative, passionate communities, but cheap spaces are exactly what's disappearing in the north end.
Within a two-block radius of my home in the north end of Halifax, there are six condo buildings in various stages of development. This, of course, doesn’t include the four adjacent lots at the end of my street that are being sold as a package for its tear-down value of $2 million.

Why Schmidtville matters

The new Heritage Conservation District is a model for density and “gentlefication” beyond condo development.
On July 17, HRM council unanimously approved the neighbourhood of Schmidtville as a Heritage Conservation District.

Christ preached love, not intolerance

When are religions going to accept and embrace LGBTQ+ people as they are?
We are all of us shipmates on the surface of a vessel called Earth.

Being Black and a tourist in Halifax

Two weeks in a different city can change your perception of people, places and yourself.
I live in Toronto.

The last ship to transport Africans to slavery was helmed by a Nova Scotian

How captain William Foster defied the law and trafficked African peoples to American shores.
As HRM officials lament the recent Halifax Transit “suck me, boy” racism that, along with a slew of other offences, has earned this town the moniker “Halissippi,” I’m mindful that the Clotilda—the last ship to transport Africans to bondage—was helmed by a Nova Scotian. His name?

Poor history of hiring Black workers continues

Those in government, media, education and business are complicit in the lack of Black Nova Scotians employed at the Irving Halifax Shipyard.
The effect of systemic racism damages indiscriminately.

Not ensuring adequate funding for the elderly in care homes is a glaring example of ableism

The premier is championing Bill 59 out of one side of his mouth while defending cutbacks in funding for housing out the other side.
The disabled community is the most diverse community of all.

The unbleeping of the media

There is a myriad of ways in which this normalization of vulgarity is problematic
I remember the anticipatory relief I felt on the eve of November 8, 2016, that normalcy would return the following day.

No consent, no pipeline

Trudeau’s government has disregarded Indigenous and community consent. We should be angry—so let’s be loud about it.
The year I was born, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were 356 parts per million.

Relying on a statue in a park to tell our history is lazy

More history doesn’t mean more statues. It means more stories, more research, more resources and, more importantly, more listening.
Thousands of tourists will visit Halifax this summer and return home without learning an inkling of its history, all because a statue is locked in storage in Burnside.

Civil servants lied to the police and that needs to be addressed

The province is hoping its FOIPOP blunder goes away and if it does, nothing will change.
It’s been a few months now since a 19-year-old Nova Scotian’s family home was raided over a rarely used “unauthorised access to computer” charge, which is a federal offence carrying up to 10 years in prison.

Our sad, shameless attempts to try and impress Chelsea Peretti

It took approximately 10 seconds for a tweet to turn Nova Scotians into parodies of themselves.
It makes sense that Matt Whitman would want to get Chelsea Peretti to hang out with him.

Dump trucks and social dumping

Private developers avoid the real costs of construction by passing them on to innocent bystanders.
The large dump trucks of construction waste thunder by my Schmidtville window with a downshifting growl on the grade outside my house.

How Halifax welcomed the Maroons

An excerpt from Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone.
In late July 1796, on a “glorious day of warmth and sunshine,” three large transports brought 549 Trelawney Town Maroons to the harbour of Halifax.

When the men we love hate women

When men kill their partners, we direct our anger in every possible direction except towards the man that killed his partner.
We were presented with 32 witnesses and an overwhelming amount of evidence that painted a gruesome picture. The Crown described how Nicholas Butcher read Kristin Johnston’s private messages, stalked her, sat outside in his car watching her through a window (with a kitchen knife in the console of his car, next to the driver’s seat), convinced her to come home with him and then, after she fell asleep, stabbed her 10 times in the throat until she was dead.

Customers of the state

The myth of “your tax dollars at work” and why government shouldn't be treated as a corporation.
We’re used to being thought of as customers—that the money we spend comes with certain entitlements, and that we should wield influence over those we spend it with.

Saying goodbye to a changing city

We need to encourage people to chase new opportunities, while welcoming those ready to make Halifax their home.
Halifax has many rites of passage.

No, Christians are not being persecuted in Canada

Church vandalism is not an excuse for religious leaders to spread fear.
I was late to the story on Easter Sunday.

Hiring white men in Toronto to tell our stories: A part of our heritage

Historica Canada shortlisted a local filmmaker’s Heritage Minute pitch on Lucy Maud Montgomery, then gave the idea to someone else.
Heritage Minutes: If you lived in Canada in the ’90s and had a TV, you’re probably familiar with them.

Employee abuse is a structural problem


The conditions for sexual misconduct are baked right into the operation of most businesses.
In the wake of every big #MeToo story, from Hollywood to Halifax, there is a temptation to figure out what went wrong. Who knew and did nothing?

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Vol 26, No 12
August 16, 2018

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