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Skilled wrestling’s Me Too second hits Halifax


1. Saltwire makes 109 layoffs everlasting

Three months in the past, Saltwire, the publishing firm that owns a lot of the newspapers in Atlantic Canada, quickly laid off 40 % of its workforce. Yesterday, the corporate made these layoffs everlasting, Yvette d’Entremont experiences. Sixty-one of those that have misplaced their jobs are in Nova Scotia.

d’Entremont writes:

Whereas a few of these 240 individuals who have been quickly laid off in March did return to work in current weeks, 109 of them weren’t so fortunate.

“There are of us in editorial, gross sales, manufacturing and nearly each division impacted,” mentioned a Saltwire worker who spoke on situation of anonymity.

The worker mentioned that as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, they nonetheless hadn’t been advised the total extent of the layoffs. The media launch got here out shortly afterwards.

“When 40% have been quickly laid off, there was the notion that hopefully everybody could be again by the top of June,” the supply mentioned.

A few months in the past, once I was listening to an episode of the On the Media podcast on the disaster in native journalism, I used to be shocked to search out that almost all Individuals (it’s an American present) surveyed had seen a drop in native information protection, however had no thought of the disaster in journalism. I run in circles the place this can be a fixed subject of dialog, concern — even panic.

We will’t all subscribe to all the things, however as others have written, in order for you good journalism to outlive, subscribe to one thing. (You possibly can subscribe to the Halifax Examiner right here.)

And you’ll learn all of d’Entremont’s story right here.

2. Metropolis adopts local weather change plan

Cover of Halifax climate change plan

Yesterday, Halifax council unanimously adopted an formidable local weather change plan. (The picture above, from the quilt of the plan, is drawn by Emma Fitzgerald.)

Tim Bousquet experiences:

Passing a plan is straightforward. One might construct a complete library with mouldy metropolis plans that have been celebrated by councillors at adoption, after which have been promptly ignored, unfunded, or outdated by extra speedy political considerations, often involving councillors desirous to be perceived as budget-conscious tax-cutters.

Not this time, tho, promised one councillor after one other.

It helps that the HalifACT 2050 report claims that the municipality as an entire will save $22 billion by adopting the plan. “To place this in perspective, this funding is an annual stimulus equal to 4% of Halifax’s annual GDP of roughly $17 billion,” reads the report. “A lot of the funding, for instance in constructing retrofits, could be directed to native companies and suppliers.” That’s an attention-grabbing attraction to the native constructing business to supply its highly effective political assist for the plan.

“After all it’s going to price cash, and I’ve to say — you recognize, considered one of my favorite authors, she writes science fiction, however there’s a line in considered one of her books, it says you may’t tax a wasteland,” mentioned councillor Waye Mason. “I imply, that’s what we’re speaking about if we don’t tackle these [climate change] points and construct resiliency, constructed alternate energy and do our half. What are we saving the cash for? There may be nothing you’re saving the cash for. These items need to be achieved.”

Learn all of Bousquet’s story right here.

3. Nova Scotians sought coronary heart assault and stroke assist throughout COVID-19

Final month, I interviewed a physician in northern Ontario who mentioned sufferers within the distant group he served didn’t wish to be evacuated to bigger centres for therapy. The physician mentioned the sufferers have been frightened about COVID-19. In the meantime, he and his staff have been frightened they may die of a coronary heart assault.

Heart specialist Ratika Parkash has been learning whether or not or not Nova Scotians with coronary heart assaults or strokes have been avoiding the hospital through the pandemic. Quick reply? Individuals have been getting the assistance they want. Yvette d’Entremont experiences on her preliminary findings:

“I targeted on acute circumstances. So that is acute cardiovascular circumstances and stroke and so forth, these are the issues that may trigger folks to die at residence,” she mentioned. “Definitely from an acute care perspective, I believe it’s a excellent news story.”

Parkash was a bit of shocked by the findings due to anecdotal experiences suggesting Nova Scotia sufferers have been staying residence through the pandemic and changing into extra sick quite than heading straight for the emergency division. She mentioned these anecdotes weren’t sufficient to “transfer the needle” to some extent the place folks have been dying from not searching for care.

“That’s fairly reassuring, as a result of we could get a second wave,” she mentioned…

Earlier this month, the European Society of Cardiology printed an article suggesting COVID-19 fears have been holding “greater than half” of coronary heart assault sufferers worldwide away from hospitals. The ESC survey was performed in mid-April and consisted of three,101 well being care professionals in 141 nations.

The Nova Scotia information thus far seems to buck that pattern.

It’s a very attention-grabbing story, and you’ll learn the entire thing right here.

Apparently, CBC has a narrative this morning on a a lot higher-than-usual variety of ladies skipping mammogram appointments through the pandemic.

4. WCB Appeals Tribunal privateness breach concerned 1000’s of instances

This inventory picture is one of the best I can do proper now. Sorry.

Yvonne Colbert has the most recent on a privateness breach on the Employees Compensation Appeals Tribunal for CBC.

She writes:

The Nova Scotia authorities has now disclosed the variety of unredacted choices posted on-line in a Might privateness breach by the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal totalled 10,599.

The selections contained highly-sensitive data, together with employer names, in addition to worker names and their medical and psychiatric data. Till now, the federal government has mentioned little concerning the error apart from it was following the province’s privateness breach protocol, which incorporates conducting a radical investigation.

A discover posted on the appeals tribunal web site on June 23 mentioned the unredacted choices have been issued between 1996 and 2009. It mentioned the selections have been posted on Might 7-Eight and eliminated on Might 12.

Colbert notes the tribunal hasn’t mentioned how the breach occurred. I believe we have a tendency to consider malicious hackers in these circumstances, when the reality is often much more mundane: unhealthy techniques, carelessness, and so forth. Hopefully we discover out what occurred and it received’t occur once more. (It is going to inevitably occur once more.)

5. New episode of the Useless Improper podcast

The third instalment within the CBC’s Useless Improper podcast, hosted by Tim Bousquet, dropped yesterday. The podcast is an investigation into the killing of Brenda Manner and wrongful conviction of Glen Assoun, who spent 17 years behind bars.

This newest episode is known as “The Trial.” I keep in mind Bousquet telling me when he acquired the trial recordings, and the way explosive they have been. I sit up for listening. Obtain or stream it wherever you get your podcasts.


Maddison Miles goes for the pin at a Kaizen Professional Wrestling present. Photograph: Philip Moscovitch

Maddison Miles flops onto the mattress, leaning in in the direction of her laptop computer digicam. “I’m a free girl,” she tells me. “I’ve by no means felt higher. There’s no secrets and techniques anymore.”

During the last week, ladies skilled wrestlers have gone on social media to share tales their tales of the sexual assault and harassment they’ve confronted throughout their careers, using the hashtag #SpeakingOut. And final Saturday, 20-year-old Maddison Miles joined in, sharing her tales in a collection of screenshots on Fb.

Miles has been round wrestling since she was a baby. For years, she was a fixture at native reveals, wearing a cape as a bit of lady, then promoting merch, ringing the bell to begin and finish matches, and, when she acquired to her teenagers, moving into the ring herself. In a narrative I wrote about Miles for Halifax Journal final yr, she complained about double requirements for female and male wrestlers:

“In the event you’re a wrestling fan, I’m certain you have got seen there are a number of boys who are usually not in one of the best of form,” she mentioned.  “However when you have a lady that doesn’t care for herself, it’s going to be a bit of completely different… You may have the hair and you’ve got make-up and you must ensure nothing falls out, and that all the things’s in place correctly. And that may be very irritating.”

However in her Fb submit, Miles went a lot farther than writing about hair and make-up. Amongst different tales, she mentioned an grownup wrestler she was relationship at 15 shared her nudes with individuals who tried to blackmail her. That one other wrestler “would shove me up towards the ring, choke me – pull my hair and say ‘don’t faux you don’t prefer it’” when she was 16 and he was in his late 20s. {That a} wrestler in his 20s made out together with her when she was 14. And that she’s by no means spoken up earlier than, as a result of “I’ve been embarrassed – petrified of the outcomes of sharing my expertise.”

Miles left Halifax final yr, and now lives in Norwich, England, the place she continues to wrestle and likewise works for a charity known as Julian Assist, who “work with the strengths of individuals with psychological well being difficulties, to assist them lead an unbiased lifetime of their alternative.”

“Everybody’s largest concern in wrestling is ‘nobody goes to imagine me.’ It may be scary to talk out,” Miles mentioned in an interview

In any case, the skilled wrestling world within the Maritimes is fairly tiny. “I’ve been working up my braveness for years,” she mentioned.

Like several system during which younger folks arrive with huge goals — an previous guard act as gatekeepers, and there’s a robust tradition of paying your dues (suppose academia, the literary world, or novice sport) — wrestling is a pure setting for abusive conditions to emerge.

Miles mentioned, “Clearly it doesn’t simply occur to ladies. Plenty of males have come out with tales of being harassed. However there’s undoubtedly a lot shit ladies undergo moving into wrestling. So most of the tales have been ladies saying ‘it was once I as 15 or 16 and beginning to practice.’ It’s such a dick-measuring competitors. I’m a full believer that individuals with energy will do what they need. In the event you take a look at Maritime wrestling and the individuals who have come out, each time somebody’s not widespread [and accused of abuse], they’re out. However the second it’s somebody within the cool children membership, it’s oh, you may’t imagine all the things, I don’t have proof… Girls, folks, undergo these things and wind up sweeping it beneath the rug. And also you get to this breaking level the place it’s not OK anymore.”

For Miles, the tipping level got here final Friday, as she learn different wrestlers’ tales, and felt like staying quiet was “killing me inside.”

Along with Miles, one other younger wrestler — New Brunswick-based Jasmine Hawkes — additionally shared her experiences of abusive behaviour from older wrestlers. In a prolonged public Fb submit, her mom, Tasha Hawkes, wrote about quite a few incidents:

Shortly after Jasmine’s 16th birthday, she landed within the native hospital. It solely got here out then that an proprietor of an area promotion had been sending her extraordinarily sexually graphic texts, messages, and making an attempt to lure her sexually for months. Jasmine particularly advised me and her physician that the explanation she by no means got here ahead was as a result of concern of wounding her mates, the very individuals who educated her and made a residing with that promotion…

Due to all the things Jasmine went by, she left wrestling. She was getting advised off by folks she cared about due to tales her ex-boyfriend was spreading about her. She was nonetheless being poked about the truth that she pressed fees on somebody that clearly the business nonetheless revered. She was penalized for being a minor as an alternative of individuals understanding she stood up for herself. That is braveness and shouldn’t have ever been made to look shameful.

This isn’t the primary time the native wrestling scene has been embroiled in scandal. In 2017, wrestler Steve Arsenault was sentenced to 2 years in federal jail for beating his girlfriend. On the time, Steve Bruce wrote within the Chronicle Herald:

Arsenault and Melinda Crowe acquired into an argument at her home within the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2015, after an evening out with two different {couples} they knew by the wrestling group…

A pal later agreed to inform police that Crowe already had the facial accidents when he picked the couple up at a bar that night time. He agreed to say he had been advised that she had been in a combat with a lady on the bar.

The pal acquired chilly ft earlier than the unique trial date final summer season and admitted to the prosecutor that his assertion was false.

In a sufferer influence assertion to the court docket, Crowe mentioned her life was drastically modified by the assault. She mentioned she nonetheless suffers from the bodily and psychological results of the assault however plans to return to work subsequent month.

I requested Miles if seeing folks within the wrestling group defend Arsenault, or hang around with him as soon as he was launched from jail, despatched a chilling message to younger ladies. She mentioned, “I get the dilemma. When Steve did go to jail, I used to be a couple of yr and a half into my wrestling profession, and I’d have thought of him a very good pal, [Arsenault was 36 at the time] as a result of we’re have been at all times travelling collectively. I bawled my eyes out, and I knew he needed to make a change in his life. He wanted assist. I’ve clearly made errors in supporting offenders up to now and I’ll inform you I’ve supported folks past perception, together with him… Bear in mind I used to be a baby. I can overtly admit I’ve made errors in supporting folks I shouldn’t have. I’ve realized from my errors.”

Troy Merrick has wrestled on the native scene and internationally for 14 years. His most up-to-date abroad stint was a tour of the UK in February. He mentioned he watched the SpeakingOut tales unspooling over social media, and “when it first began, it was primarily inside British wrestling.”

Although the native scene is so small, Merrick mentioned he was shocked by the revelations. “You hear locker room discuss, stuff like that — it’s undoubtedly diminished drastically throughout the circles I run over the previous few years. However, you recognize, that subculture inside wrestling undoubtedly nonetheless exists. And the boys’ membership mentality is there. To see among the tales of inappropriate behaviour — that’s not stunning, nevertheless it pisses me off that it occurred. However to listen to about widespread sexual abuse? I acquired sick to my abdomen… To listen to the depth of experiences that these folks needed to undergo simply completely floored me. After which when the tales began popping out right here, I’ve been sick to my abdomen all weekend. I don’t know what to say.”

In February, Merrick wrote a fan code of conduct for native promotion Final Championship Wrestling, saying that followers who use racist, sexist, or homophobic language will likely be requested to go away. Yesterday, he reshared it on Twitter, saying it isn’t just for the followers. Final yr, Merrick broke character at a UCW present, to name out followers for his or her homophobic taunts.

Wrestler Troy Merrick flexing in the ring

Troy Merrick. Photograph: Merrick’s Fb web page

“Lately, I’ve been extra open about who I’m, and with which have grow to be extra hyper-aware of who the wrestling followers are. Widespread homophobia from the followers’ standpoint has been one thing I’ve needed to sort of take care of. There was this tipping level final yr, the place anyone mentioned one thing and I used to be like, you recognize, sufficient’s sufficient,” Merrick mentioned. “And I went out to the ring to speak to the followers and clarify that that is alleged to be an outlet for everyone. You possibly can come and hate the unhealthy guys and scream at a personality and specific your self, have enjoyable and get that off your chest. However on the identical time, we’ve got to be conscious of the actual world round us. And I mentioned particularly, what if there was a younger child within the viewers who  was not sure about who they have been? They weren’t certain in the event that they have been homosexual. They weren’t certain in the event that they have been straight. They didn’t know in the event that they have been snug in their very own physique. They usually heard these hateful feedback about folks with regard to sexuality. How do you suppose that will make them really feel? That wouldn’t really feel like a lot of an escape for this child on the present. So once we go to wrestling to flee, you may’t escape if there’s hate continually round you. So I made a decision it was time to make a stand and tackle that with the followers.”

Promoter Dave Boyce is among the homeowners of the most recent promotion on the native scene, Kaizen Professional Wrestling. They’ve placed on three reveals at Alderney Touchdown since their debut final yr. In an interview, Boyce mentioned, “Our viewers, for essentially the most half, are very properly behaved.” (He did level out his firm has solely placed on three reveals although, so it’s not an enormous pattern measurement.) However I’ve been to wrestling reveals the place the followers are horrible they usually’re chanting racist remarks or homophobic remarks. And nothing was ever achieved as a result of the old fashioned was you’re not going to inform a fan that’s improper, you shouldn’t say it.”

Boyce has identified Miles since she was a bit of lady, and he mentioned he was “proud” that she was “robust sufficient” to inform her story — a narrative he mentioned he had heard “bits and items” of over time. Quickly after Miles shared that story although, Kaizen was requested on Fb if the corporate would ebook wrestlers accused of predatory behaviour. In a now deleted submit, the corporate replied that they don’t seem to be reserving anybody proper now.

That got here throughout as deflecting and never taking the difficulty severely, and a number of other followers known as the corporate out for it on Twitter. In a textual content message, Boyce advised me, “We’re all studying easy methods to take care of all of this and sure, we do remorse that assertion and have apologized on our Twitter account.”

Yesterday morning, Kaizen joined different promotions in publishing a zero-tolerance code of conduct.

I requested Boyce in an interview if he would proceed to ebook any of the regulars on his roster if somebody new to the enterprise accused them of inappropriate behaviour. He mentioned, “I imply, we’re not investigators. However we would definitely take all the things into consideration, and, and…”

At this level he stopped, then mentioned, “We might take each allegation very, very severely and we might haven’t any downside — it wouldn’t matter who it was — we’d take away them ASAP.”

Requested what she considered codes of conduct, Miles mentioned merely, “They should take the code of conduct severely… What it takes is folks displaying they really imply what they are saying.”

Fb being Fb, the fallout from Miles’ submit included counter-accusations, threats of lawsuits, allegations of enjoying favourites to spice up one promotion over one other, accusations she’s simply attempting to spice up her profession on the expense of others, folks deleting their accounts, and so forth.

“Calling out perpetrators just isn’t one thing folks do for enjoyable,” Miles mentioned. “In Maritime wrestling, that is the primary time we’ve needed to take care of an occasion like this. Till now, it’s been locker room solely. It by no means will get to the followers. There’s no police experiences, there’s nothing. That is the primary time wrestling followers and wrestlers are coping with these tales… I don’t need it to be two weeks of ladies’s empowerment and talking out, and two weeks from now no one cares anymore.”


Kentville Police car

A Kentville Police cruiser. Photograph: Kentville Police Fb web page.

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail ran an opinion piece I wrote about calling the police when persons are having a psychological well being disaster. I mentioned I’d achieved it earlier than, however I wouldn’t do it once more.

My piece opens with my son saying that the police kill folks with psychological sickness on a regular basis. Two of the interviewers I’ve spoken to requested me how he knew that. This was a query I wasn’t anticipating. I advised one of many interviewers I assumed a greater query was how did I not realize it.

Underlying the query although, I believe, is the idea that individuals residing with psychological sickness are someway much less clever than others, or utterly unaware of their environment. Maybe the impression is that somebody with critical psychological sickness is in a continuing state of psychosis? I actually don’t know.

In every case, I believe the interviewers have been well-meaning. It simply struck me how way more work must be achieved in phrases not solely of psychological well being care however in understanding. And we want a brand new strategy, as a result of years and years of elevating consciousness doesn’t appear to be getting us anyplace, with regards to psychological sicknesses past nervousness problems and despair (for which I imagine there was an enchancment in consciousness, which isn’t one thing to dismiss).




Particular North West Planning Advisory Committee (Wednesday, 7pm) — teleconference; agenda right here.


Particular Heritage Advisory Committee (Thursday, 3pm) —teleconference; agenda right here.


No conferences.

Within the harbour

06:00: Ef Ava, container ship, arrives at Pier 42 from Argentia, Newfoundland
10:00: lka Sirius, oil tanker, sails from Irving Oil for sea
11:15: Ef Ava sails for sea
15:00: Atlantic Kestrel, offshore provide ship, arrives at Pier 9 from the Sable Island discipline
15:30: Atlantic Solar, container ship, arrives at Fairview Cove from New York
16:00: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, arrives at Pier 41 from St. John’s
22:00: Atlantic Solar sails for Liverpool, England


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