‘Particular person public well being measures’ is an oxymoron


1. Tenant fights renoviction and wins; landlord takes her to small claims court docket

‘Particular person public well being measures’ is an oxymoron

The Bluenose Inn and Suites in September 2021. — Google Streetview

Brandy McGuire has gained her renoviction case towards landlord John Ghosn, and Ghosn is in flip taking her to small claims court docket, Zane Woodford stories:

A Halifax-area landlord is taking a former tenant to small claims court docket after he was ordered to pay greater than $13,000 for an unlawful renoviction.

Residential tenancies officer Jason Warham ordered John Ghosn, proprietor of Bluenose Inn and Suites on the Bedford Freeway, to pay Brandy McGuire after she was evicted from the constructing final spring.

Ghosn claimed the motel was not liveable, however Warham disagreed:

I don’t settle for the owner’s place that the true intent is solely to “retire” the constructing. Proof was offered from the landlords web site of its intentions for the development of a brand new constructing. Permits have been offered. I don’t settle for this characterization. It’s clear that what is definitely taking place and/or meant is a demolition/renovation as contemplated beneath these new provisions.

Tenants preventing for his or her rights is sweet information, and preventing and profitable is even higher information.

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2. Orrell will get a brand new job; one other deputy proven the door

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Dr. Kevin Orrell. Picture: Dalhousie College

This merchandise is written by Jennifer Henderson.

The previous CEO and president of the Workplace of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment, Dr. Kevin Orrell, has emerged with a brand new job.

After leaving his submit in July, he has now accepted a newly created place at Cape Breton College. He shall be paid the identical $350,000 a yr he was making as head of the workplace established by the Houston authorities a yr in the past to deal with persistent workers shortages in well being care.

The federal government information launch says Orrell will work as particular adviser to CBU president David Dingwall (the previous federal Liberal cupboard minister) on the college’s strategic well being initiative. The federal government says this work is concentrated on getting extra well being care professionals educated and retained in Cape Breton and throughout Nova Scotia.

Earlier this yr, authorities introduced a $5 million funding at Cape Breton College for “a strategic well being initiative” and a proposed enlargement of CBU’s well being schools. The college at present has an accredited Faculty of Nursing in addition to applications in diet and occupational well being.

“The Houston authorities is happy to have CBU as a companion on this necessary work, and Dr. Orrell will carry expertise to his position as a particular advisor to the President,” states the information launch.

Questioned additional, Michelle Stevens, a spokesperson with the Premier’s Workplace, indicated that Orrell shall be employed by Cape Breton College, however his $350,000 annual wage shall be cost-shared by the province on account of a negotiated settlement amongst Orrell, CBU, and the federal government.

The $350,000 wage is greater than what the premier earns however displays what Orrell was making as CEO of the Workplace of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment. It additionally displays what he might anticipate to earn if he had continued to observe as an orthopedic surgeon in Sydney with greater than 30 years of scientific expertise.

Orrell was initially recruited in January 2020 by Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil to change into deputy Well being minister. Though his new appointment turned efficient on September 1, the federal government introduced it solely yesterday — three weeks later and one hour earlier than a media briefing on a subject that’s seized everybody’s consideration: emergency preparations for tropical storm Fiona.

Additionally, at present’s usually scheduled Cupboard assembly has been cancelled, which implies the premier is not going to need to reply questions on modifications throughout the prime ranks of the civil service.

Appointed in September of 2021 by a premier who vowed to “repair well being care,” there have been excessive expectations for Orrell and the three different members of the well being management workforce. It’s led by Karen Oldfield, former Chief of Employees to Tory premier John Hamm and “interim” CEO of Nova Scotia Well being. Orrell reported on to Well being Minister Michelle Thompson.

However the causes for Orrell leaving the helm of the Recruitment Workplace stay shrouded in thriller. After his abrupt departure from the recruitment workplace in July, Orrell didn’t reply to our requests for an interview or clarification. A spokesperson for the Premier’s Workplace, Michelle Stevens, says Orrell will not be receiving severance.

In the meantime, the federal government has introduced “a workforce” of two folks to exchange him. Dr. Nicole Boutilier, Vice-President of Drugs at Nova Scotia Well being, and Craig Beaton, Affiliate Deputy Minister on the Division of Well being and Wellness, shall be answerable for the recruitment workplace along with their common duties. The Workplace of Recruitment employs a workers devoted to recruiting docs, nurses, paramedics, and different healthcare professions in scarce provide throughout North America.

Extra modifications at Schooling

The Houston authorities has additionally determined to place a brand new management workforce in place on the Division of Schooling and Early Childhood Improvement.

Cathy Montreuil was appointed deputy schooling minister four-and-a-half years in the past, in March 2018. The federal government’s information launch didn’t supply any clarification for her departure.

In response to a query from the Halifax Examiner, Stevens, the spokesperson for the Premier’s Workplace, mentioned Montreuil shall be receiving severance within the quantity of $227,289. The severance signifies she didn’t resign however was fired.

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Rosalind Penfound. Picture: LinkedIn

Whereas recruitment for a everlasting deputy minister will get underway, Rosalind Penfound, a retired provincial deputy minister, will return to function interim deputy schooling minister. Penfound served in DM roles from 2004 to 2013, together with deputy schooling minister from 2010 to 2012. She most not too long ago served as vice-president on the Nova Scotia Group School.

Elwin LeRoux, the previous govt director of the Halifax Regional Schooling Centre (previously the Halifax Faculty Board), will function the brand new affiliate deputy minister of Schooling and Early Childhood Improvement. LeRoux had been with HREC since 2013 and has many years of expertise as a instructor, principal, and administrator.

The Schooling division has not too long ago come beneath hearth from early childhood educators who’ve protested the size of time it’s taking to obtain a promised pay elevate after Nova Scotia signed an settlement with Ottawa final spring to cut back day care charges for folks.

“Getting our youngest kids off to the easiest begin and making ready all college students for achievement is essential to their high quality of life and to Nova Scotia’s financial development,” mentioned Houston via the information launch. “I’ve each confidence in Ms. Penfound and Mr. LeRoux to advance this work, and thank Deputy Montreuil for her devoted service, notably in inclusive schooling, as she returns to her dwelling province of Ontario.”

The following session of the Nova Scotia Legislature opens Monday.

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3. West Bedford roundabout thousands and thousands over price range

A screenshot of a streetview image shows an intersection on a cloudy day. To the left, there's green fencing atop concrete jersey barriers, with orange traffic cones lining their base.

The nook of Larry Uteck Boulevard and Broad Road. — Picture: Google Road View

Woodford additionally stories on a West Bedford roundabout that’s thousands and thousands over price range — earlier than building has even began:

A brand new roundabout deliberate for West Bedford is thousands and thousands over price range earlier than building has began, and the municipality is proposing closing a part of Larry Uteck Boulevard for 3 months to restrict additional price overruns.

The roundabout will exchange the traditional intersection of Larry Uteck Boulevard and Broad Road, on the north finish of Broad Road. The municipality constructed a roundabout on the south finish final yr, and in March, Halifax regional council awarded a sole supply contract for $3.25 million for the brand new roundabout.

Councillors have been (to say the least) not eager on the concept of closing Larry Uteck.

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4. That delicate case of COVID might not be so delicate

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Photographs: Unsplash, Pexels, Communications Nova Scotia, Lisa Barrett, Len Wagg, Elena Mozhvilo, Callum Moscovitch, Zak Markan, and Laura Kenney. Collage: Halifax Examiner.

Yvette d’Entremont has put collectively a useful set of knowledge and sources for folks with lengthy Covid. The web page will proceed to be up to date.

A major quantity of people that get COVID-19 — together with many whose preliminary an infection is delicate — wind up with generally debilitating signs for months, and even years. That is lengthy COVID, and it’s one thing d’Entremont has been reporting on nearly because the begin of the pandemic. (Others have been catching up in current months.)

d’Entremont writes:

The situation contains new, returning, or ongoing signs starting from mind fog and ​​excessive fatigue to complications, sleep issues, temper modifications, and cardiac points. Whereas there are greater than 200 signs, a listing of the commonest ones might be discovered right here.

In Nova Scotia (and plenty of different jurisdictions), sufferers are thought of to have long-COVID if they’ve frequent, persistent signs and a minimum of one practical impairment as a consequence of their signs 12 weeks or longer after an preliminary — or a suspected — COVID-19 analysis.

She seems at who’s at highest threat, what to do when you have lengthy COVID, and hyperlinks to obtainable sources.

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1. “Particular person public well being measures” is an oxymoron

Sign on a bathroom door which says "Covid 19, maximum of four visitors allowed at any given time, practice physical distancing, and use hand sanitizer"

Signal on a rest room door on the Stanhope campground in PEI Nationwide Park. Picture: Philip Moscovitch

I used to be speculated to be at Keji this weekend, having fun with a number of days of backcountry canoeing within the southwest nook of the park. I’ve been dehydrating meals, updating our gear, and customarily wanting ahead to the journey. However with Hurricane Fiona on the best way, the park shall be closed. Perhaps I ought to drive up anyway, maybe in a automotive festooned with flags and anti-Trudeau decals, and demand on my proper to make my very own private well being selections, and camp within the park if I wish to, as is my proper since, as a Canadian taxpayer, the park belongs to me.

In any case, in the case of COVID-19, hasn’t Parks Canada advised me I’m answerable for my very own security? Why ought to the storm be any completely different?

Screenshot of a tweet showing people in masks on a bus. Text reads: Think about the risks and make informed decisions on using individual public health measures to keep yourself and others safe from #Covid19. This includes staying home if sick, wearing a mask and improving indoor ventilation.

Tweet from Chief Public Well being Officer of Canada Theresa Tam.

Two days in the past, Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Well being Officer, shared the tweet above. It urges Canadians to “take into consideration the dangers” of COVID-19, and to make “knowledgeable selections” on “particular person public well being measures.”

Excuse me?

What the heck is a person public well being measure? Tam does cite ideas: “staying dwelling if sick, sporting a masks and bettering indoor air flow.”

These appear to be typically commonsense issues to do, and in addition, in distinction to another messaging, don’t think about vaccines the one actual public well being measure we have to get out of the pandemic. (Vaccines can forestall you from getting critically ailing, however they don’t, sadly, forestall transmission.)

It’s simple to inform folks to remain dwelling if they’re sick, but when public well being steerage is that you simply don’t need to, guess what’s going to occur? And bettering air flow is hardly a person endeavor. I’m not snug utilizing the sauna on the fitness center lately, as a result of it’s a small, enclosed space that sweaty guys spend a whole lot of time in. Perhaps I ought to enhance its air flow, after which I might get pleasure from it.

Astrophysicist Katie Mack replied to Tam’s tweet, asking, “How do I individually enhance the indoor air flow on trains and buses? Is there a type I can fill out?” She additionally shared a photograph of a CO2 monitor on a GO practice, displaying an astronomical degree of two,941 ppm, indicating very poor air flow.

Public well being, by definition, is about greater than particular person decisions.

Freelance journalist Julia Métraux not too long ago printed a chunk in Quick Firm that will get to the guts of the difficulty with the person decisions strategy. The title goes straight to the purpose: “I’m a chronically ailing pupil, and one-way masking isn’t sufficient.” Métraux is a grad pupil at U.C. Berkeley. She additionally has vasculitis (an auto-immune illness), and is tough of listening to — that means she may be very effectively acquainted with among the downsides of masking, like the lack to learn lips.

Regardless of masking and in any other case being cautious, Métraux not too long ago examined constructive for COVID-19. She goes to a faculty the place college students are speculated to make their very own knowledgeable selections. She writes:

As an immunocompromised pupil who should now attend in-person courses, I’ve deliberate my life round minimizing my publicity to COVID-19. This contains not hanging out with giant teams of individuals at social occasions, and turning down invitations for in-person work-related networking occasions…

We’ve now moved right into a part of the pandemic the place we’re anticipated to make particular person decisions about masks sporting. However, sadly, particular person alternative doesn’t work very effectively once we’re coping with a pandemic unfold by way of air.

Many people who find themselves nonetheless masking, like me, are requested why we’re doing so once we might simply transfer on. However for a lot of disabled and chronically ailing folks, shifting on isn’t doable. And questions on why we proceed masking are awkward at finest, and invasive at its worst. They pressure us to both brush the questions off, or really feel pressured to disclose our diagnoses.

Métraux notes that hundreds of individuals every week are dying of COVID within the US, however that college directors ship out emails to the college neighborhood telling college students, workers, and school that the illness is delicate. Certain, everyone seems to be bored with it. Métraux is aware of a factor or too about being drained:

Each time I examine “fatigue” with masks sporting, I’ve a tough time not rolling my eyes as a result of I perceive what precise fatigue is like. I expertise fatigue with my vasculitis every day, and contracting COVID-19 scares me, partly as a result of it will possibly make my fatigue worse.

I problem people who find themselves not at excessive threat for COVID-19 problems to consider what it have to be like making an attempt to attend college (or go into work each day) whereas additionally making an attempt to keep away from getting COVID-19.

Crises have a means of creating clear what’s typically hidden, and one factor that this pandemic has made clear, is simply how little many individuals give a shit about those that are extra weak than them.

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2. What Serial missed within the Adnan Syed story the primary time round

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Emblem for the Serial podcast

The Serial podcast launched episode 13 of its first season the opposite day — eight years after episode 12.

Serial is the podcast largely credited with each kicking off the podcast growth, and extra particularly, the true crime podcast growth. In case you weren’t a podcast listener previous to 2014, there’s a superb probability Serial (now owned by the New York Occasions) was the primary podcast you heard of.

Season one centered on Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, when he was 17. Regardless of having allegedly dedicated the crime when he was a minor, Syed was sentenced to life in jail plus 30 years. This week, he was launched, after having served 23 years, with prosecutors in search of to vacate his conviction.  The Baltimore Solar reported that the police had a number of alternate suspects, together with a person who was convicted of a sequence of sexual assaults, and one other who had immediately threatened to kill Hae Min Lee. Nevertheless, the cops didn’t inform the protection about these alternate suspects. From the Solar:

Regardless of preventing to uphold the conviction in years previous, prosecutors now say Syed might not be Lee’s killer. Prosecutors have recognized since 1999 of two various suspects who might have killed Lee, based on their movement to overturn his conviction…

Syed was convicted, partly, due to cellphone location knowledge that has since been discovered to be unreliable, based on prosecutors. In addition they highlighted the inconsistent statements of his co-defendant, Jay Wilds, who testified towards him.

“Mr. Syed’s conviction was constructed on a flawed investigation,” [Syed’s attorney, Erica] Suter mentioned in court docket. “This was true in 1999 when he was a 17-year-old youngster. It stays true at present.”

Season one among Serial made a lot of the inconsistencies between Syed’s testimony and that of his pal and co-defendant, Jay Wilds, who testified towards him. A journalist pal (who has additionally produced a real crime podcast) and I have been emailing about this the opposite day, and he or she identified that if Serial have been being made at present, there would doubtless be much more deal with whether or not or not the cops have been mendacity, and what they could be hiding.

College of Winnipeg sociology professor Invoice Kirkpatrick was more scathing on Twitter:

[Serial host] Sarah Koenig dedicated journalistic malpractice in #Serial, persuading listeners that both #AdnanSyed or Jay needed to be mendacity. However she ought to have taken extra critically the chance that the *cops* have been mendacity. Due to course they have been.

Wanting again, right here’s what Koenig herself needed to say, in episode 13:

Adnan’s case comprises nearly each persistent downside our system can cough up. Police utilizing questionable interview strategies. Prosecutors conserving essential proof from the protection. Barely junky science. Excessive jail sentences. Juveniles handled as adults. How grindingly troublesome it’s to get your case again in court docket when you’ve been convicted… Yesterday there was a whole lot of discuss equity, however most of what the state put in that movement to vacate — all of the precise proof — was both recognized or knowable to cops and prosecutors again in 1999. So even on a day when the federal government publicly acknowledges its personal errors, it’s arduous to really feel cheered a couple of triumph of equity as a result of we’ve constructed a system that takes greater than 20 years to self-correct. And that’s simply this one case.

All this put me in thoughts of the Glen Assoun case, and this morning I requested Tim Bousquet about parallels. He wrote:

The preliminary police investigation (by Dartmouth cops) accepted Glen’s alibi, and by no means centered on him, whereas that they had too many different potential suspects and no proof to go on, so the case went nowhere. Solely when Dave MacDonald, the Halifax cop, took over after amalgamation, did they begin specializing in Glen and abruptly all this “proof” begins popping up.

The proof, you could recall, included a knife mysteriously discovered by Brenda Method’s sister, in an space that had been beforehand totally searched, after she had consulted with a psychic.

A 1996 Halifax police picture of the knife that was offered at Glen Assoun’s 1999 trial for the homicide of Brenda Method. (Fisher Scientific was the lab firm that examined the knife for blood, fingerprints, DNA, or different proof which may join it to the homicide; it discovered none.)

Bousquet added:

When [RCMP officer] Dave Moore popped up seven years later, saying heh, I believe this McGray fellow is accountable, they arguably had the authorized responsibility to show that over to Glen’s lawyer, who at the moment was Jerome Kennedy. They didn’t, and even had conferences about it, deciding to do nothing with Moore’s info, then shifting him off the case.

Apart from that, there are problems with prosecutorial misconduct in each circumstances, I might argue.

I nonetheless to this present day don’t know why Dennis Theman was eliminated as crown on the case. I believe — however haven’t any proof to again this up — that Theman had moral {and professional} objections to making an attempt Glen, and so he was changed.

And the 2 crowns who took over — MacRury and Fetterman — needed to, HAD TO, know their case was bullshit, however proceeded anyway.

Glen Assoun is free, and so is Adnan Syed, for now anyway. Nevertheless it shouldn’t take true crime podcasts and 20 years for some semblance of justice.

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Map of Canada, showing percentages under each province. The numbers are associated with a game score. A box at the bottom says "Guess a community."

Screenshot of Alex McPhee’s Census Recreation. I clearly have to up my information of the coasts.

For the final a number of days, I’ve been mildly hooked on Alex’s Census Recreation, designed by cartographer Alex McPhee. (On his homepage, McPhee calls the sport “addictive and troublesome” and he’s proper on each counts.

The sport, which pulls on knowledge from the 2021 census, is straightforward.  You enter the identify of a Canadian neighborhood, it seems on the map within the type of a dot, and the map reveals you the cumulative inhabitants whole, by province, of all of the communities you’ve discovered. The aim is to call communities that cumulatively account for 50 p.c of the inhabitants of every province and territory. I’ve had it open in a browser tab for days (not obligatory, as a result of the sport will save your progress) and once in a while as I’m working I’ll suppose, “Oh! Come by Likelihood!’Salmon Arm!” and go sort it into the field. The screenshot above reveals you the place I’m at proper now.

There are a number of inconsistencies associated to the census’s definition of “neighborhood.” As an example, not one of the string of communities alongside my aspect of St. Margaret’s Bay present up, presumably as a result of they’re subsumed beneath “Halifax.” However Hubbards, which can be in HRM, does get its personal entry. I nonetheless haven’t found out the place Parrsboro suits in, as a result of the identify doesn’t present up, however neither do “Cumberland” or “Cumberland County” or “Municipality of Cumberland.” However River Hebert, which is a part of the municipality does present up. Go determine.

Regardless, the sport has been enjoyable and illuminating. Just a few notes:

  • I’m shocked at how poorly I’m doing in the case of BC and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Clearly, Vancouver carries a lot much less weight, population-wise, than I anticipated, or else there are a bunch of municipalities that make up higher Vancouver whose names I don’t know.
  • Boy, does my information of the North want work.
  • Contemplating that I’ve by no means lived in Ontario, I’m shocked at what number of small-town names there I can reel off: Arnprior (inhabitants 9,269), Elmira (inhabitants 10,790), Thessalon (inhabitants 151), Moosonee (inhabitants 1,512)…
  • I’m not happy with being beneath 90 p.c on Nova Scotia. No thought at this level which communities I’m lacking. Parrsboro would have most likely put me excessive.
  • Then again, delighted to have gotten over 50% in New Brunswick, however I’m torturing myself making an attempt to recollect the identify of the city simply earlier than the Quebec border. It’s been fairly a while since I drove to Montreal as a substitute of flying, and the place is on the tip of my tongue, however I’m not getting it. DO NOT reveal it within the feedback, please.

All this to say the sport makes for a enjoyable, unobtrusive little distraction. Additionally, McPhee looks like an attention-grabbing man, with all types of pleasant maps on his web site.

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Sustainable Ocean Convention 2022 (Friday, 8:30am, 2nd ground, Dalhousie Scholar Union Constructing) — persevering with tomorrow; this convention will discover advanced subjects of ocean conservation and sustainability, by navigating beneath the floor of present marine points.

Social and Structural Determinants: The place Well being Actually Comes From (Friday, 12pm, Weldon Regulation Constructing and on-line) — Gaynor Watson-Creed will discuss

Masterclass with Walter Borden (Friday, 1pm, Studio 2, Dalhousie Arts Centre) — Bringing a Journey of Life to the Stage – An open dialogue and exploration of storytelling and creative observe

“They Will Crack Heads When the Communist Line is Expounded”: Anti-Communist Violence in Chilly Conflict Canada (Friday, 3:30pm, Room 1170, Marion McCain Constructing and on-line) — Kassandra Luciuk will discuss; MS Groups hyperlink right here

Within the harbour

06:30: Nolhanava, ro-ro cargo, arrives at Fairview Cove from Saint-Pierre
07:00: Zaandam, cruise ship with as much as 1,718 passengers, arrives at Pier 22 from Sydney, on a seven-day cruise from Montreal to Boston
09:30: MSC Angela, container ship, arrives at Pier 42 from Montreal
10:00: MSC Manya, container ship, sails from Pier 42 for sea
10:00: Conti Crystal, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from Colombo, Sri Lanka
10:30: Enchanted Princess, cruise ship with up to4,402 passengers, arrives at Pier 22 from Saint John, on a seven-day roundtrip cruise out of New York
11:00: Torrens, automotive service, arrives at Autoport from Zeebrugge, Belgium
11:45: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, strikes from Autoport to anchorage
15:45: Zaandam sails for Bar Harbor
16:30: Torrens sails for sea
18:00: Morning Refrain, automotive service, strikes from Pier 9 to Autoport
18:00: Nolhanava sails for Saint-Pierre
19:30: Enchanted Princess sails for New York

Cape Breton
04:30: Journey of the Seas, cruise ship with as much as 4,058 passengers, arrives at Sydney Marine Terminal from Saint John, on a nine-day roundtrip cruise out of New York
05:00: Radcliffe R. Latimer, bulker, sails from Aulds Cove quarry for Charlottetown
06:00: CSL Metis, bulker, arrives at Aulds Cove quarry from New York
06:30: Voyager of the Seas, cruise ship with as much as 4,099 passengers, arrives at Liberty Pier from Saint John, on a seven-day spherical journey cruise out of Boston
10:30: CSL Tarantau, bulker, arrives at Nova Scotia Energy (Level Tupper) from Baltimore
12:00: MM Newfoundland, barge, and Lois M, tug, arrive at Sydport from Cap-aux-Meules (Grindstone, Magdalen Islands)
13:30: Journey of the Seas sails for New York
17:00: Voyager of the Seas sails for Bar Harbor


I’m going to search out it arduous to deal with a lot whereas we watch for this storm.

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