March 29, 2013 - Halifax Media Co-op
The tank-like vehicle is called a cougar, and was recently acquired by the New Glasgow police through a department of defence program that gives away old military equipment to police. One article said the RCMP refer to it as "cougars for cops". There is a very similar program in the US that is much larger and has gotten more attention...
Canadians Rally Outside Halifax War Conference to Uphold Principles of Sovereignty and Self-Determination [Video]
The Halifax International Security Forum was recently held at the Westin hotel for three days. On the second day, 100-200 protestors stood outside the hotel in solidarity with Palestine, Syria and Iran while denouncing Israel’s behaviour and boldly calling for Canada to exit NATO.
Canadians in Halifax Protest Against Endless Wars as Western Backed Destabilization in Syria Threatens World Peace [Video]
The middle east is heating up. Using Libya as a template, hardcore western destabilization has been slowly simmering Syria for the past 16 months. Demonization and destabilization of Iran has been an ongoing theme for decades.
By Heidi Mitton - Halifax Media Co-op
I was eight years old on May 9, 1992, when my father was summoned to the rescue team at the Westray mine...All day long, it seemed, the television was broadcasting the mine's damaged entrance and wreckage. I remember trying to see if we could catch a glimpse of my Dad. As children, we didn't understand the risk our father was facing. And we certainly didn't understand why, though my Dad would eventually make it home to his family, the twenty six men who had been underground when the methane gas explosion went off would not be going home to theirs.
by Louise Koster
May 6, 2012
Potent News Blast #7
May 6, 2012 - CBC News
Hundreds of people gathered in Halifax Sunday to pay tribute to Raymond Taavel, who was murdered in Halifax April 17..."It's important to get closure...It's been a really emotional reaction, everybody recognizes the tragedy of it. Everybody recognizes...the wonderful things that Raymond contributed to the community."
by Amir Alwani
April 30, 2012
Episode 6 of the Potent News Blast covers the demonization of Iran, Canada's approval of torture, the fraud of "green" homes, and much more.
By Miles Howe - Halifax Media Co-op
...[O]n a spit of land his family has inhabited for three generations, Peter Boyles...stares pensively out his south-facing kitchen window. Through a thicket of spindly trees...his gaze comes to a rest on the neighbouring Trenton Generating Station...Since it opened in 1969, this coal-fired power plant...has come to define and shape Boyles' life. This used to be a nice place, until the neighbours from hell moved in.
"Compassionate, Caring, Outgoing, Welcoming:" Vigil Held Following Murder of Halifax LGBT Activist Raymond Taavel
By Steve Caines - April 17, 2012
At least 300 people gathered on Gottingen Street in Halifax today at 7pm to mourn the passing of Raymond Taavel, local community activist. Taavel was killed this morning at approx. 3a.m., outside Menz and Mollyz Bar, defending a friend during a physical attack...Taavel was a prominent and respected Haligonian activist for [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered] rights. He was a long time editor of Wayves newspaper, and was co-chair of Halifax Pride events.
By Miles Howe - Halifax Media Co-op
...[T]he public was treated to dribs and drabs of carefully-massaged media releases, while the whole stunt was taking place. A picture of a giddy Dexter, shovel in hand, planting a carob tree while wearing a [Jewish National Fund]-logo hat, for example, made the media rounds...The JNF presents itself as some kind of tree-planting outfit...however, they own about 13% of all of Israeli lands, and make a habit of only selling to individuals of Jewish heritage. They also operate as a strong-arm eviction force for Palestinians who just don't leave of their own accord.
I’ve been watching the sky like a hawk for quite a while now. The past month and a half I’ve witnessed unprecedented amounts of scalar electromagnetic waves dominating the skies here in Halifax, Canada. It was frequent before but now it seems to be almost non-stop and should attract the attention of even the most casual observer. Even as I write this, another barrage of manipulation is up there yet again.
By Hillary Bain Lindsay - Halifax Media Co-op
Police moved in on Occupy Nova Scotia in Victoria Park today, seizing tents and protesters. They were carrying out orders issued by Mayor Peter Kelly on Remembrance Day...When protesters tried to protect their tents by forming a line, police began throwing people to the ground and handcuffing them. By mid afternoon, at least 15 people had been detained, many of them organizers of Occupy Nova Scotia.
By Roger Annis - October 26, 2011
The expenditures fit with Canada's increasingly aggressive military posture in the world. From its combat roles in Afghanistan and Libya to its police/military occupation role in Haiti, Canada is joining the front ranks of imperialist countries that are increasingly turning to military force to advance their economic interests and maintain the unequal and unfair international status quo.
By Moira Peters - The Dominion
Grassroots environmental groups and organizers were hit hard by the federal government's announcement on October 13 that the half-million dollars that funds Canada's environmental networks will be terminated..."For this tiny amount of money, Environment Canada is shooting itself in the foot...[Nova Scotia Environmental Network] has shown us how to approach government and community in an intelligent way."
By Jim Guild and Melissa Albiani - Halifax Media Co-op
Siphoning thousands of dollars from a special needs program for the disabled while pumping tens of millions into a convention centre is an NDP “betrayal” said many in attendance at a Halifax news conference on Aug. 16...The change in regulations eliminates special needs assistance for drugs and treatments not covered by [health care], such as massage therapy, psychological counseling and a range of alternative medications...