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Alberta Politics: $15 is too low, and three years is too long to wait, for a higher Alberta minimum wage

PHOTOS: Greetings from Halifax, where a minimum wage almost as low as Alberta’s isn’t half of what a two-earner family needs to live a decent life. Can it be much different in Calgary or Edmonton? Below: Enthusiastic Tweeter Dan Kelly’s Twitter thumbnail; Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci. HALIFAX, N.S. The biggest problem with the Alberta . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: $15 is too low, and three years is too long to wait, for a higher Alberta minimum wage

Art Threat: Activist pasts, austere presents, queered futures: An interview with Emily Davidson

“Imagine a new relationship to every aspect of everything.”

“Capitalism has fallen; Art must be redefined.”

“You get to pick your gender when you come of age, but feel free to change your mind.”

“Living together is still hard; Art makes it better.”

These missives from the Inner City Artists’ Commune arrive to us from . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Activist pasts, austere presents, queered futures: An interview with Emily Davidson

The Scott Ross: Our First Canada Day

Our country was going to be called “Kingdom of Canada” instead of Dominion, but the British, fearing it would provoke the Americans, unilaterally changed it.

The greatest thing we can do to celebrate our country is to know more about it. And certainly learning about Canada and celebrating it need not be separate; below are a few quotes made on our first Canada Day July 1st 1867:

“Died! Last night at twelve o’clock, the free and enlightened Province of Nova Scotia.”- The Halifax Morning Chronicle, a newspaper that thought confederation would hurt Nova Scotia.

“With the first dawn of this gladsome midsummer morn, we hail the birthday of a new nationality.”- George Brown, a father of confederation

“This new Dominion of ours came into existence on the 1st, and the very newspapers look hot and tired with the weight of announcements and of cabinet lists. Here–in this house–the atmosphere is so awfully political that sometimes I think the very flies hold Parliament on the kitchen tablecloths.”- From the diary of Lady Agnes Macdonald, the wife of our first Prime Minister.

“La seule voie nous soit offerte pour arriver à l’independance politique.”- La Minerve, a newspaper in Quebec on the province being a part of a new Canada. (Rough translation: “The only way offered to us to achieve political independence.”)

And lastly a favourite quote of George-Étienne Cartier, another father of confederation, made a few years before our first Canada Day:

“Now, when we are united together, if union is attained, we shall form a political nationality with which neither the national origin, nor the religion of any individual, will interfere…. In our own Federation we will have Catholic and Protestant, English, French, Irish and Scotch, and each by his efforts and his success will increase the prosperity and glory of the new Confederacy….We are of different races, not for the purpose of warring against each other, but in order to compete and emulate for the general welfare.”

This material was from Richard Gwyn’s excellent book, John A, The Man Who Made Us. . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Our First Canada Day

The Scott Ross: Our First Canada Day

Our country was going to be called “Kingdom of Canada” instead of Dominion, but the British, fearing it would provoke the Americans, unilaterally changed it.

The greatest thing we can do to celebrate our country is to know more about it. And certainly learning about Canada and celebrating it need not be separate; below . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Our First Canada Day

Blevkog: City sidewalks, pretty sidewalks

Well, today was a shoveling day for this Haligonian. I chose to clear my own sidewalk, rather than allow the contractors working for the city to do it. These are the reasons: 1) Weather event one: A fairly minor freezing rain event which left a thin sheen of ice on every surface. Nothing like the . . . → Read More: Blevkog: City sidewalks, pretty sidewalks

The Canadian Progressive: Halifax-based rapper, Kyle McKenna, calls out Stephen Harper (VIDEO)

Inspired by Idle No More, frustrated by the continuing erosion of democracy under Conservative rule, Halifax-based rapper, Kyle McKenna, calls out Stephen Harper: What’s up Steve? We recommend: Hunger Striker Chief Theresa Spence’s Exclusive Interview With The CBC Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence” Three second rule for the wandering eye S.E.C.R.E.T: Canada’s Answer . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Halifax-based rapper, Kyle McKenna, calls out Stephen Harper (VIDEO)

Art Threat: NSCAD students disrupt university board meeting to announce manifesto

Last week over 100 students from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, concerned about how government funding cuts will impact the future of the university, disrupted a Board of Governors’ meeting to announce a political manifesto.

The Manifesto for a Vibrant, Strong, and Independent NSCAD, which can be read in its entirety on . . . → Read More: Art Threat: NSCAD students disrupt university board meeting to announce manifesto

Cowichan Conversations: We Are In The Sights Of A Double-Barreled Shotgun. A Fish Tale

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

We are in the sights of a double-barreled shotgun. One barrel forces us to farm Atlantic salmon, while letting wild salmon die off. The second barrel will force us to raise Atlantic salmon, genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal.

Based on careful documentation of government and . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: We Are In The Sights Of A Double-Barreled Shotgun. A Fish Tale

LeDaro: Tuxedo Stan: Mayoralty Candidate for Halifax, Nova Scotia

Now this is a candidate one can vote for. This candidate is an international celebrity now and Anderson Cooper of CNN has endorsed this new contender. Tuxedo Stan has made news on Arabian Network. Rest of the candidates must watch out as competition has become very tough now.

. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Tuxedo Stan: Mayoralty Candidate for Halifax, Nova Scotia

Slap Upside The Head: Halifax Gay Activist Murdered

Tremendously sad news out of Halifax today as Raymond Taavel, a well-known activist for the gay community, was killed by an assailant while trying to break up a fight outside the city’s gay bar. A candlelight vigil is being organized by the Halifax community to honour his memory. My thoughts go out to everyone devastated . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Halifax Gay Activist Murdered

Blunt Objects: At Least One Liberal Ex-MP is Doing Well…

Mike Savage, who narrowly lost re-election to failed NDP leadership candidate Robert Chisholm in the riding of Dartmouth-Cole Harbour back in May 2011, is well on his way to becoming the next mayor of Halifax: After months of speculation, former Liberal MP from Dartmouth, Mike Savage, recently announced he will run for mayor in the . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: At Least One Liberal Ex-MP is Doing Well…

Art Threat: What’s the value of an art school? – Contextualizing the crisis at NSCAD

NSCAD's modern new Port campus overlooks Halifax harbour. Photo by Rory Hyde.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary next year, The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design is the oldest of Canada’s four dedicated art universities. With slightly over 1000 full time students and spread across three campuses in downtown Halifax, NSCAD . . . → Read More: Art Threat: What’s the value of an art school? – Contextualizing the crisis at NSCAD

Impolitical: The Nova Scotia tree for Boston 2011

One of the best Canadian Christmas traditions: Each year since 1971, Nova Scotia has sent Boston a large Christmas tree in gratitude for help Bostonians provided after the devastating Halifax Explosion of Dec. 6, 1917. Boston provided medical personnel and supplies to help treat explosion victims.

Here is one shot of the tree all . . . → Read More: Impolitical: The Nova Scotia tree for Boston 2011

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I Remember

Lest We Forget — it’s a phrase not well understood by many people any more. Not only does it sound old, but taken out of context it could mean anything. Most people know it as a sombre expression of remembrance. If we forget the horror of war, we’re doomed to repeat it. Canada has been […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: I Remember

Just a rumour that was spread around town…

For the folks in Halifax: . . . → Read More: Just a rumour that was spread around town…

Halifax the new Palestinian homeland?

From the Daily Show yesterday.Halifax NS by sjmorris123 . . . → Read More: Halifax the new Palestinian homeland?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flight

April and I are on our way home from Halifax. We woke up at 4;15 to catch the shuttle, which after a short cab ride to catch it was probably not a better deal for two adults going to the airport, than a cab would have been. I slept through most of the five hour […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Flight