There is lots wrong with a news release issued by the Halifax Regional Police about Saturday’s efforts by members of the National Citizens Alliance to hold a rally in front of City Hall. Even worse is how local media didn’t question it.
“Why did someone steal this portrait from a rural Nova Scotia church?” asks a CBC headline. It’s a story about James Moody, a Loyalist who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1876 and settled near Digby. There’s more to the story however, but you won’t find it in the CBC article.
Another great trailer from the Objective News Agency’s documentary in the making on the school to prison pipeline. This one is about bad teachers.
Protesters who rallied at the Burnside Jail last night in support of demands issued by protesting prisoners were pepper sprayed and violently thrown down by officers of the Halifax Regional Police (HRP). One protester was arrested and will face charges. Updated.
Cape Breton Regional Police (CBRP) have charged eighteen men with communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services in Sydney, Cape Breton, the Chronicle Herald and the Cape Breton Post report. As usual, police is quoted extensively, and sex workers are never asked how they feel about it.
The notion that as a reporter you should talk to all parties affected by a story is often held up as what distinguishes real journalists from bloggers and spreaders of fake news. Except, apparently, when the story is about social assistance.
Community Services deputy minister Lynn Hartwell announced a couple of changes for income assistance recipients. None of these changes are as problem-free as the CBC story suggests. Over the next week or so the NS Advocate will look at all the announcements. Today we take a closer look at the supposed raise in the poverty reduction tax credit. In reality it’s not reducing a whole lot of poverty at all.
Lynn Jones, who helped organize the protests in support of the unjustly fired Founders Square janitors, is very happy about how Halifax responded to her call for action. But she is angry about the way the unfair treatment of Black workers was sanitized in much of the local press. Reporters, grow some spine, she says, and ask some follow-up questions rather than just write down what the Armour Group and the new cleaning contractor tell you.
The CBC visited the prison in Springhill, NS and checked its journalistic instincts at the gate.
A CBC story reporting on the fight of Lucasville residents to get the city to deal with a horse farm that they say smells up the neighborhood never mentions the community’s ancient African Nova Scotian roots. Many people in Lucasville have been vocal about their opinion that race is an important piece of the puzzle if you want to understan what is really going on here.