Sea Change

“The monument, across from the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and just down from the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, lists more than 600 names, with many surnames repeated, etched on three-sided stone columns. It’s a powerful reminder of the deadly toll suffered in one profession in one town. Such memorials dot the towns throughout the South Shore. Not everyone is a fan. ‘I don’t like them,’ says Stewart Franck, who led the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia from 2011 to his retirement in July. ‘They leave spaces for names to be added.'”

Tavia Grant – The Globe and Mail – October 2017

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The Language of Profit

Erika Thorkelson – Maisonneuve – May 2017

The Big Smoke

“‘The farm,’ as Linton calls it, is a 350,000-square-foot greenhouse located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, just a ten-minute drive from the US border. When Linton and his company purchased it in June 2014, it was an empty glass building with a soil floor that had once grown eggplants. Now it was the largest known marijuana facility in the world. It operated at up to 20 percent capacity through 2015, but was now undergoing a massive retrofit in preparation for a full summer harvest.”
Brett Popplewell – The Walrus – August 2016

The other side of Barry Sherman

Anne Kingston, Michael Friscolanti – Maclean’s – April 2018

Is the Sun Rising or Setting on the CBC?

“It’s hard not to feel that the CBC is, indeed, starting over. Strategy 2020’s signature motto is “mobile first,” which means making the smartphone audience the top priority, and creating content specifically for it. It’s a mandate that, by reallocating resources traditionally earmarked for television and radio, promises to transform the company. Nothing will be spared: news, current affairs, entertainment, children’s programming. The aim is that by 2020, one out of every two Canadians—18 million people—will access the CBC digitally. What the CBC will look like if that happens is anybody’s guess.”

Tom Jokinen – The Walrus – October 2017

Catch and Release

“But even in communities where seafood is landed onshore, the full bounty of Atlantic waters—the full range of species and varieties, from exotic to commonplace—never makes it to local tables. Our culinary culture is undermined by an economic system that treats the region as little more than a producer of raw goods for bigger markets, a system in some ways little changed from the colonial era. A new generation of entrepreneurs, driven by growing interest in ethically harvested, locally caught food, should be rising to meet this demand, but they’re few and far between.”

Karen Pinchin – The Deep – October 2017

 

Salestaxphobia

Trish Audette-Longo – Alberta Views – February 2018