August 18, 2003
The launching of our magazine's regular publishing
on the Internet has met an enthusiastic response. "I was delighted
by the content and by the look, the uncluttered white space," said
on Electrical Grid Down
August 15-Stuck on the runway of the Halifax International
Airport, the author of this article takes off on the systemic reasons
for this massive grid down we have known since the electrification of
this county - profiteering, blind integration, and conspicuous consumption
by multinationals… By Tony Seed
Outage Traced to Dim Bulb in White House
The tale of the Brits who swiped 800 jobs from New York, carted off
$90 million, then tonight, turned off our lights. By Greg Palast
The Nova Scotia Elections: A Media Above Society
The monopoly media in Nova Scotia played a leading role in trivializing
the recent provincial election and marginalizing the real concerns and
problems of the people, says Bruce Wark, media critic and professor
of journalism at King's College School of Journalism in Halifax.
Clearing the Waters
We learn about the general from the particular.
Within a documentary film format, Clearing the Waters, a 48-minute
video from Envision Productions of Halifax, which premiered at the Atlantic
Film Festival last September and was aired nationally on VISION TV this
past January 27th, applies a story-telling technique based on intimately
acquainting the viewer with the most essential and meaningful interactions
among a small number of individuals at the centre of a much larger canvas.
Reviewed by Gary Zatzman
Ecology Group Petitions against Draggers
The Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, an environmental group, is
petitioning the federal Fisheries Department to question whether it
is violating the Fisheries Act by issuing licences to draggers.
On Recent Events in Cuba
The Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA)
expresses its resolute solidarity with the Cuban people, the Cuban government
and the Cuban Revolution as they defend themselves against the unrelenting
and all-sided aggression from the United States.
News Feature: March for the Right to Vote
I was only eleven in 1968, living across the
Irish Sea in Britain, but I still remember the television images of
the Civil Rights marches in the North of Ireland. Here was a place,
I was told at the time, that was a part of Britain where ordinary people,
who incidentally looked just like the people of my own neighbourhood,
were marching on the streets for the right to vote. By Laura Friel
East: The Roadmap to Nowhere
Being a Palestinian, one is born in this struggle
and you can't get out of it, whatever you do. It's a birth mark
that I've experienced since I was at least three years old and we
don't have the time to tell you the details. Our discussion this
evening is about the so-called roadmap; the "roadmap to nowhere"
is an accurate description of it. By Dr. Ismail Zayid.
New Brunswick Activist Remains Wrongly
Imprisoned in Montreal
A Fredericton para-legal persists
in his protest against wrongful arrest and imprisonment from actions
against the World Trade Organization
Ottawa Dictates to the Weather Gods
How about that weather? Or, more to the point, how about that weather
office? The government of Canada, in all its infinite and wonderful
wisdom, has decided that Newfoundland no longer needs a full weather
centre, that its peculiar and specialized weather can be forecast by
remote control from Halifax. From The Telegram, St. John's
CULTURE & LIFE
Book: So Much Weather by Gary Saunders
To me the sky is our crystal ball and nature's grandest spectacle. If
we're in for worse weather, let's enjoy, not endure - Gary L. Saunders.
Reviewed by Janeen Keelan.
Arts Series reunites Gaelic arts and craftsmanship with music and language
The Celtic Colours International Festival is adding a
new element to the festival this year. The Cape Breton Artists' Association
and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design to present seven exhibits
and six workshops in communities throughout Cape Breton Island.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Who Scores the Goals in Soccer?
What makes playing on a soccer team so much
fun is not just running on the field and scoring goals, but it is the
camaraderie and friendships that develop between players. Having respect
for both teammates and opponents enhances that feeling of camaraderie
on and off the field. By Charmaine Hooper, Captain of Canada's Woman's
Point: Lands End
People are drawn, like lemmings, to Lands Ends. These furthest points
of land are etched into the oceans and bays of every country. Like small
fingers, they beckon us to their remote mysteries. One Land's End
I visited in Sri Lanka promised a view of three oceans and (on a clear
day) the Kingdom of Heaven. The eastern tip of Cape Breton Island is
like that. By Janice Acton
Outdoors / Hikes, Rambles
Please note: We will begin posting the full "Hikes,
Rambles & Outings" listings in September
Shunpiking on the Air:
Twenty Nine Times
Tony Seed reports on heavyweight boxing contender
Kirk Johnson's stand of conscience against racial profiling and explains
how the arresting constable convicted himself with his own testimony
at the recent human rights hearings in Halifax. Mr. Johnson was stopped
by the police in and around his North Preston hometown twenty nine times
in a six week period in April, 1998. We advance a solution to the impunity
of the police.
Click on to listen:
Every week now since October, 2002 we've been doing
a Wednesday morning program entitled "shunpiking Nova Scotia"
with "Wake Up with Co-op" on CFRO Radio, Vancouver, North
America's largest co-op radio station.
Through these reports, we've tried to acquaint British
Columbians, and thousands of expats, on such topics as the crisis in
the Atlantic fishery, the Newfoundland diaspora, the devastation of
Cape Breton, the anti war movement, the Halifax Explosion, Black History
Month, the Justin Coward Memorial Basketball Tournament, Gaelic Awareness
Month, the recent World Theatre Festival, the elections and other topics.
It's at 7:45 am
BC time. Visit http://www.wakeupwithco-op.org/