Observe-ups from Phil

COVID 19 spelled out in white pills, with viruses made from styrofoam balls with swabs stuck in them. All on a red background.

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1. A sequence of transmission leads as soon as extra to a revival assembly

COVID 19 spelled out in white pills, with viruses made from styrofoam balls with swabs stuck in them. All on a red background.

Picture: Edward Jenner/Pexels

Yesterday, the province reported 111 conditions of COVID-19 over three days.

Tim Bousquet experiences that quite a few the conditions are associated to a “religion gathering:”

The overwhelming majority of the conditions are every straight associated to multi-day religion gathering in late October in Amherst, or are secondary outbreaks arising from that particular outbreak.

The one late October multi-day religion gathering all through the Amherst home that I’m conscious of is the “Bordertown Campmeeting” held at Gospel Delicate Baptist Church.

That chain of transmission has led to an outbreak on the East Cumberland Lodge long-term care dwelling in Pugwash. 4 residents and one employees member have examined optimistic, and a type of 4 residents is in hospital with the illness…

The virus entered the house by means of a single worker who’s related by way of a transmission thread as soon as extra to the religion gathering.

On the Fb web net web page of the church that organized the assembly, there’s a phrase saying “Pastor is just not feeling appropriately this night, there could also be no service tonight. Be praying for one another.”

Bousquet furthermore brings us all the most recent information on vaccination charges, the place to get examined, and publicity notices.

One amongst many clearest explanations I’ve heard about how vaccinated individuals can nonetheless unfold the virus — with out primarily getting sick or critically sick themselves — comes from New York Occasions science reporter Apoorva Mandavilli, all by way of her August 2, 2021 look on the Occasions’ podcast The Each day:

So it is slightly bit refined. You perceive that the vaccines that we now have now now are injected into the muscle. And from there, the vaccines do a terribly good job of stimulating our physique to supply various antibodies, nonetheless all through the blood. And on no account various these antibodies are going to make their technique into the nostril, which when you concentrate on it, is unquestionably the place the place the virus comes into the physique.

This was at all times the case. This was the case even for the distinctive virus. However with the distinctive virus, solely a small quantity of antibodies was presumably ample to cease the virus from multiplying all through the nostril. With Delta, there’s merely technique an excessive amount of virus for the small quantity of antibodies all through the nostril to presumably completely embrace.

Folks will conclude from this that the vaccines are ineffective, nonetheless that conclusion doesn’t alter to. As Bousquet has well-known, as further of a inhabitants is vaccinated, it’s inevitable the proportion of contaminated individuals who’ve been vaccinated will rise. That doesn’t point out vaccines aren’t surroundings pleasant. Seatbelts are nearly universally worn now. So most people who die in automotive crashes are sporting seatbelts. The conclusion is just not that seatbelts are ineffective.

Examine all of Bousquet’s COVID-19 report correct proper right here. The Examiner brings you all COVID-19 security — and, let’s be dependable, most security primarily — free, nevertheless it’s not free to supply. Please subscribe.

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2. Who’s your native faculty named after?

Old black-and-white photo of a young white man in a military uniform.

Leslie Thomas. Picture: HRCE

Two colleges all through the Halifax Regional Centre for Teaching began this 12 months with new names: Sir John A. Macdonald Excessive Faculty is now often called Bay View Excessive Faculty, and Tallahassee Neighborhood Faculty has rework Horizon Elementary.

That obtained me smitten by faculty names in Nova Scotia. Who, or what, can we title our colleges after?

“This’ll be a gratifying little endeavor,” I believed to myself just a few months as soon as extra. Then, week after week on the Examiner Zoom conferences, when all individuals gave a roundup of what they have been engaged on I’d say, with some embarrassment, “Uh, I nonetheless have the school names story.” Now, the story is lastly printed and it’s possible you’ll examine it correct proper right here.

My distinctive thought was to simply roughly break it down by class: areas, individuals, and so forth. However two factors rapidly turned obvious. First, the overwhelming majority of colleges are named for his or her location: East St. Margarets Elementary, Basinview Drive Neighborhood Faculty, Inglis Avenue Elementary Faculty (although that one is not going to be straight named for the precise explicit particular person the freeway is known as after). Second, a far more fascinating story was to take a look at the individuals. Who’re Nova Scotia colleges named after?

One amongst many factors that struck me was merely how few colleges are named after dignitaries, wealthy individuals, and predominant historic figures. A tiny handful, actually.

From the story:

Full, only a few Nova Scotia colleges are named for individuals of the wealthy or well-known alternative. Instead, you’re additional extra prone to pay money for the names of native medical docs and monks, faculty directors, native or provincial politicians, battle heroes, and an array of native landowners, trailblazers, artisans, and individuals who turned group fixtures. They embrace a beloved caretaker, a teen hockey participant fatally injured on the ice, and a blacksmith turned metropolis councillor.

Take one amongst my favourites, Ash Lee Jefferson, in Fall River. It bears the names of three Black women from the group. The varsity web site on-line explains that Martha Ash (1897-1963) “shared the beauty of her property and flower gardens with the entire group” and “was well-known because of the group counsellor for these needing assist.”

Ada Lee (1875-1946) was the daughter of Fall River’s first Black settlers and “served tirelessly for years as Fall River’s midwife and nurse. She had an “open door” to anybody in want and donated the land upon which Ash Lee Jefferson was constructed.” And Selena Jefferson (1872-1964) “taught for nearly 65 years and was one amongst many first lecturers in North Preston.” Her group service included “sustaining vegetable gardens, chickens, and a butter current for anybody needing meals.” All three donated land on which colleges now stand.

Leslie Thomas was a youthful RCAF sergeant who died all by way of a coaching mission. Eric Graves a hockey participant who suffered a deadly hurt on the ice. Madeline Symonds was the primary Black woman to graduate from the Truro lecturers’ faculty.

The story furthermore raises the whole query of naming as a solution to remember individuals. In some conditions, individuals on the colleges I often called had no thought who they have been named after. And no one goes to neglect who Sir John A. Macdonald was, nonetheless what occurs when rural colleges bearing the names of native figures shut down? Can we lose barely piece of of native historic earlier? I turned to doctoral scholar Hannah Essential, who evaluation rural faculty closures, to debate that query.

Examine the entire story correct proper right here.

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From a subscriber: Sharon Fraser

A photo of subscriber Sharon Fraser who is standing next to a dining room table cutting a piece of focaccia bread. Behind Sharon is a corner hutch that displays fancy dishes. Sharon is smiling because focaccia is delicious.

Sharon Fraser.

There’s a meme about Walter Cronkite that goes spherical on social media sometimes. It tells youthful those who they may definitely not take into consideration that there was a time when the info was merely launched — with out an agenda, with out trying to make anybody look unhealthy or good. Walter would merely examine the info and, the meme says, “get this. . . WE WOULD ALL JUST MAKE UP OUR OWN MINDS WHAT WE THOUGHT.”

You’d suppose I might let that go now and again — nonetheless no. I write a remark, each time I see it — at all times a variation on this:

“I do suppose we sentimentalize Walter Cronkite and others of his interval. Information reporting at all times has an agenda and it did then because of it does now. Walter reported from the angle of a privileged white male — as did most of his contemporaries due to that’s who they have been — and the ‘knowledge’ he launched have been as a lot notion as actuality.”

I furthermore generally attempt to remind those who not solely in Walter Cronkite’s interval nonetheless in rather more current reminiscence, commentators and reporters acknowledged individuals who confirmed up sometimes in information security as “express curiosity teams.” These could presumably be environmentalists — whining tree huggers; they could presumably be individuals working within the route of discrimination and racism — politically correct bleeding hearts; they could presumably be labour unions — vitality hungry thugs; they could presumably be — and so generally have been — women. I as rapidly as wrote to an editor at The Globe and Mail after I had seen a information reference to “women and fully completely different teams.” I requested who these fully completely different teams might be. The Lions’ Membership? The Masons? Rotarians? The editor definitely not answered.

After what I’ve been by way of, it’s very satisfying for me to see the variety of voices represented all through the Examiner. Listening to the voices has one completely different message: it tells me that the problems are being outlined by the individuals most affected by the circumstances of tales and by change — express curiosity teams no further.

I used to be accustomed to Tim’s work earlier than he began the Examiner and I’ve at all times appreciated his thoroughness. It shouldn’t must be talked about, nonetheless I like readability and accuracy. I’m glad that Tim has recruited individuals to work with him who’ve the equal journalistic values he has and who make a stage of masking elements that we don’t see elsewhere..

I urge you to subscribe. There’s an increasing number of additional to review every single day and the position is easy and reader-friendly.

And subscriber or not, should you haven’t examine DEAD WRONG, Tim’s investigative sequence regarding the wrongful conviction of Glen Assoun, it’s properly undoubtedly definitely worth the worth of admission. (You could possibly take heed to the podcast here.)

See you on the Examiner.

3. Black Information File

Left photo: Late Black community activist Aida Fells and her cousin and foster son Don Berry. Right photo: Various collage photos of Berry as part of a tribute to his retirement as principal at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School.

Left picture: Late Black group activist Aida Fells and her cousin and foster son Don Berry. Right picture: Fairly just a few collage images of Berry as a part of a tribute to his retirement as principal at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial Excessive Faculty.

Matthew Byard’s Black Information File is filled with tales this week, wanting on the retirement of longtime educator Don Berry, Black MLAs assembly with Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Pat Dunn, El Jones’ op-ed all through the Globe and Mail, and security of a panel on slavery reparations. There’s a Nova Scotia Music week roundup, too.

Correct proper right here’s Byard on the El Jones piece:

El Jones that claims “African Nova Scotians should look to grassroots organizing — not illustration” if attempting to look exact change.

Jones components to the heavy criticism Premier Tim Houston confronted by members of the Black group when he appointed a white man as minister of the Workplace of African Nova Scotian Affairs after which fired two Black feminine civil servants — Dr. Késa Munroe-Anderson and Dr. OmiSoore Dryden — as attainable motivation in “Houston’s swift motion in firing the staffer.”

“It is perhaps a mistake to view these occasions as remoted,” she talked about.

She continued saying:

“The uproar over the mannequin new authorities’s appointments and dismissals exhibits how token gestures within the route of illustration and choice embraced by governments, universities and corporations all through the wake of the killing of George Floyd do little to affect systemic change and shift vitality away from white establishments. In the end, a premier can fireside Black women. One completely different day, he can rise up and denounce racism by employees. In every case, the group stays on the mercy of the political calculations of people that view Black individuals every as an issue to be suppressed or as a software program program for use, after which discarded.

“And that holds true regardless of which political get collectively holds vitality. Take into account the provincial Liberals: now that they’re out of vitality, they launched authorized pointers geared in the direction of dismantling racism. All by way of their tenure, they held out within the route of group calls to finish police freeway checks, presided over a provincial jail system the place Black and Indigenous people are disproportionately incarcerated, and appointed a former RCMP officer because of the Minister of Justice. Energy comes and goes, nonetheless anti-Black racism stays alive.”

She cited Rocky Jones and talked about how classes discovered from the destruction of Africville and each the formation and dissolvement of the sooner Black United Entrance (BUF) may very well be utilized by African Nova Scotians attempting to modify the needle in trying to find vital change.

Jones concluded by saying,

“The summer time season of 2020 noticed a mass stand up in Canada that launched Black individuals out into the streets in protest. These odd individuals didn’t come out for just a few further seats on the desk; they wished an finish to Black individuals being killed by police and to the substandard circumstances of our lives that we now have now now endured for heaps too extended. We can’t accept some token appointments, just a few statements, and a pledge to do bigger a while finally. We should at all times arrange on the grassroots exterior the system for important change.”

Examine all of this week’s Black Information File correct proper right here.

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4. After 200 years, Tor Bay is formally acknowledged as an Acadian group

Acadian flags festoon a wooden bridge and nearby grassy area along the bank where spectators gathered to watch a duck race in the Tor Bay area.

Spectators viewing the duck race within the midst of the 2016 Pageant Savalette . Picture: Tor Bay Acadian Society

Yesterday morning, Yvette d’Entremont talked about she wished to do a bit on the Acadian group of Tor Bay, and its official recognition by the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE). Tim Bousquet talked about she didn’t ought to do a stand-alone story. A blurb for the Morning File is perhaps advantageous.

Ha ha, I believed. There is no such thing as a technique Yvette is solely penning this up as a blurb. And, positive ample, correct proper right here she is with a terribly fascinating story.

The Tor Bay house in Guysborough County has been dwelling to Acadians for some 200 years, nonetheless the group had definitely not been formally acknowledged by the provincial Acadian federation. Marie-Claude Rioux, the supervisor director of FANE, tells d’Entremont she solely discovered there have been about 500 Acadians dwelling all through the home three years to date:

“It’s emotional due to it’s almost as should you uncover abruptly that you simply simply merely’ve had a brother or a sister that you simply simply merely didn’t examine and as well as you meet for the primary time,” Rioux talked about.

“All of us felt like, ‘Oh my God, how come we didn’t know regarding the Acadians from Tor Bay? How come we didn’t know the historic earlier of Acadians from Tor Bay? And I assume it brings us as soon as extra to the historic earlier of all Acadians in Nova Scotia. After the expulsion, we now have now been compelled to relocate in areas that no one else wished.”

Closing week, Rioux made her first journey to Tor Bay the place she was greeted by an unlimited group gathered at a gaggle centre adorned with Acadian flags and served a fricot lunch.

Recognition means the group can income from an array of packages and actions, by way of FANE.

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5. Metropolis of Lunenburg sells Bluenose captain’s dwelling with out session

A photo of a historic home in Lunenburg. The home is a two-storey white house with wrap-around porches on the main and second floors. A window in the attic juts out from the roof.

The Angus Walters House at 37 Tannery Rd. all through the metropolis of Lunenburg. The city offered the home to some from Halifax. Picture: Victoria Welland

In her debut for the Examiner, Victoria Welland brings us the story of Captain Angus Walter’s former dwelling all through the Metropolis of Lunenburg. The house was donated to the municipality to function a museum. However city has now offered it as a “surplus asset.”

Walters was the famed skipper of the Bluenose for lots of of its racing occupation. Welland writes:

Bernard (Spike) Walters gained possession of the property in 1969, a 12 months after the demise of his father, Angus. Bernard Walters lived there till 2000 when he donated the property to the Metropolis of Lunenburg.

The affidavit to the deed reads, “That city acquired the property by present from me for the desires of a Museum (in honour of my late father Captain Angus Walters) nonetheless the property is just not topic to a notion in relation thereto.”

The property did perform as a museum for a 12 months or two after the donation, based on Stephen Ernst, metropolis councillor and Heritage Advisory Committee Chair. He remembers it appropriately due to he labored there himself. However factors arose with the museum’s operations.

“It purchased proper right here all the best way during which all the best way all the way down to the situation of it,” Ernst talked about. “It’s on the selection aspect of the harbour from the primary metropolis and it merely didn’t draw the parents that we now have now been hoping for, irrespective of efforts by the choice museums on the town and city itself to aim to entice individuals there.”

Due to the municipality deemed the home a surplus asset, there was no session wanted earlier than promoting it:

[Margaret Smith, Angus Walters’ granddaughter] talked about she was definitely not contacted by city regarding the sale of the property….

She talked about she had a difficult time retrieving household gadgets which have been present inside the home. The city contacted her and James to bear the gadgets when city determined to promote. She described communication with city as a taxing course of.

“I must go in and get just a few further factors out. My daughter must have some factors due to it’s her good grandfather, nonetheless no one (choices) me as soon as extra so I’ve to bear city council.”

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1. Observe-ups from Phil

Tomato-shaped timer and notebook

The pomodoro technique. Picture: Jussi Linkola / Flickr

It is a 4-in-1 “Views” merchandise (what a deal!) by which I alter to up on just a few gadgets beforehand reported on or well-known all through the Examiner.

1) Yesterday, Tim Bousquet wrote regarding the connections between COVID deniers and flat-earthers. Earlier this 12 months, I interviewed Faculty of King’s Faculty alum Cédric Blais, who was learning flat-earthers whereas doing his grasp’s at Cambridge Faculty. Some flat-earthers, Blais says, go to extraordinary lengths to aim to scientifically current their beliefs, and that fascinated him. At one time, he says:

The idea the earth is flat was held by most scientifically educated individuals… I’m trying to know how one may attempt to sustain that notion at a time when that notion is not going to be low value… Fairly just a few the pre-Socratics thought the earth was flat, and various their arguments mirror these of the flat earthers correct this second. The motion is type of disunified. It’s very a lot reliant on web customized, which implies that various the fabric it produces are random individuals conducting their very private experiments, making their very private observations, and on no account primarily fascinated by coordinating themselves.

He added:

An everyday mind-set about pseudo-science is that pseudo-scientists are sort of disconnected from actuality. They avoid any contradictory knowledge they usually additionally’re not fascinated by correcting errors of their theories as quickly as they’re acknowledged to them. One amongst many fascinating factors to me is that, pretty the choice, none of that appears to be completely true, not decrease than for flat-earthers.

Subsequently, convoluted explanations for phenomena equal to the moon-tilt phantasm.

I interviewed Blais in March, when COVID-19 vaccines have been on their technique, and there was no vocal anti-vaccination motion nevertheless. Wanting as soon as extra now, this a part of the interview on why it’s essential to take individuals like flat-earthers critically appears notably related:

Flat earth theories can appear innocent. However everytime you have a look on the final degradation of notion in science, you get a optimistic sense of urgency and begin questioning the best way during which you cease that, and get fixated on stopping it. A part of the rationale I used to be fascinated by treating them critically is that they take themselves critically. It may not do justice to the phenomenon to maintain it for example of ideological individuals exhibiting in unhealthy religion, due to clearly that doesn’t correspond to their self-image. That’s to not say there’s no such issue as a unhealthy religion concerned, nevertheless as soon as we fail to acknowledge the methods they see the world spherical them, we’re lacking a key a part of the puzzle.

2) In November 2019, I spoke to filmmaker and tenants’ rights activist Sharon Hyman for the Examiner. Hyman and her neighbours all through the suburban Montreal group of Hampstead have been stopping the mayor’s plan to demolish their four-storey dwelling buildings, by which rents are low value, and assemble a 10-storey luxurious dwelling superior of their place.

Correct proper right here’s what I wrote on the time:

The state of affairs wasn’t zoned for 10 storeys, nonetheless the creating’s house owners have been assured they’d get council approval to go forward anyway. Mayor Invoice Steinberg favoured the endeavor, calling it a “win-win-win” (for whom?). When council voted the event down, the mayor vetoed the vote.

Hyman and her fellow residents obtained ample signatures to pressure a referendum on the mannequin new enchancment, and the vote was held final Sunday. Voters turned down the event by a margin of 593-267. The realm of us paper, The Suburban, quoted Steinberg:

“The endeavor is just not going forward, and what the builders will do subsequent, I can’t allow you to acknowledge… Clearly, among the many many advantages we might have had, like a zero p.c tax improve, are usually not going to occur.”

In a number of phrases, the tenants are selfishly going to set off all individuals else’s taxes to go up by stopping within the route of an costly superior they acquired’t be succesful to afford to dwell in, nonetheless which can usher in greater income to city.

Why am I telling you this story about tenants’ rights in Montreal? Due to Hyman talked about from the beginning she noticed this as being a part of an excellent bigger wrestle — one she hoped would resonate all by way of the nation.

“Our explicit story for me was definitely not about merely our two buildings. It was about sending a message to tenants all by way of Montreal and all by way of Canada that it’s time to begin stopping as soon as extra, taking as soon as extra our vitality and sending a message to builders which you can’t merely maintain tenants like expendable commodities… In some unspecified time ultimately, individuals ought to face as so much as this gentrification and take our cities as soon as extra. Will we actually need our cities to simply be accessible to the prosperous?”

There have been municipal elections in Quebec on the weekend, and Hampstead mayor was working for a fifth time interval. His full promoting advertising and marketing marketing campaign, he educated the Montreal Gazette, was based mostly completely on redeveloping the buildings Hyman and her neighbours dwell in:

Steinberg, for his half, is steadfast. “I’ve been going door-to-door 23 hours every week each week — and the overwhelming majority of individuals need 10-storey buildings,” he talked about. “My full promoting advertising and marketing marketing campaign depends on that.”

He misplaced the election.

3) Closing 12 months, I wrote about my experiments with the pomodoro technique. At its finest, it’s a method for working with out distractions. You set a timer for a set interval (often 25 minutes), don’t let one factor take you away out of your train, after which take a break. Then repeat. One benefit of the strategy is that it permits you to get bigger, over time, at estimating how extended, what number of pomodoros, a train will take. (The varsity names story took far more pomodoros than I had anticipated.)

I used to be to notice final week that crossword blogger Rex Parker — a pseudonym for English professor Michael Sharp — has developed his personal pomodoro-style anti-distraction technique:

I’ve been trying to find further cassettes simply recently (bizarre improve on this retro format, undecided why), so I obtained a CASSETTE PLAYER / CD participant that sits appropriate correct proper right here on my desk. It’s a pleasant fully completely different to streaming, which is useful nonetheless offers me the urge to change music too generally. Attempting one factor I can to maintain up the Distraction Monster from dominating my ideas. Thus, my few cassettes get a Lot of play. I press play, it performs one aspect till it stops, then I flip it over (so satisfying, this little bodily intervention), and play the choice aspect. And so forth and so forth. My present work music (Duett, “Leisure”) sounds favor it should be having enjoyable with in an ’80s mall, or ’80s TV crime drama, or an ’80s TV crime drama set in a mall, and sonically that’s principally the place I’ve to dwell with out end.

In case you’re questioning “CASSETTE PLAYER” in capitals, due to Parker is referencing a crossword reply all through the New York Occasions puzzle of the day.

4) John Charles, who I spoke to about his efforts to stay away from dropping an earlier dwelling in Prospect, sends this picture, with the boards beneath the home’s siding eradicated, in preparation for demolition. The Division of Public Works considers the home a hindrance to snowplow drivers, due to it sits too near the highway, so it purchased the home as a way to demolish it.

Close up of the side of a house with siding removed and long wide old boards visible. The house is behind a temporary metal fence.

1533 Prospect Bay Freeway, with the siding eradicated in preparation for demolition. Picture: John Charles

Charles estimates the boards to be not decrease than 16″ big, and, them, he figures the home was constructed roughly 150 years to date. He offers, “It’s ironic that the work on the home thus far is moderately like what is perhaps completed to arrange for a serious restoration.”

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2. Lab-grown meat and electrical vehicles

Woman in a black tanktop, with curly hair, stands in a living room with a painting and books behind her.

Alicia Kennedy. Picture: alicia-kennedy.com

Audio producer Tina Pittaway launched me merely nowadays to the work of Alicia Kennedy, a meals author who generally writes regarding the intersections of meals, justice, native local weather change, and ethics. Not too manner again, she was a buyer on the Battle on Autos podcast, the place the themes included lab-grown meat and electrical vehicles.

What’s the connection? Appropriately, in each conditions you have obtained a know-how that’s imagined to be the second coming, fixing all sorts of environmental crises. Nonetheless it appears more and more potential that the alternatives we want run deeper than merely “inexperienced” variations of what we now have now now now. There is also furthermore an fascinating dialogue all through the podcast on how two different types of non-meat “meat” are conflated.

Kennedy is interviewed by one amongst many present’s hosts, Sarah Goodyear:

Sarah: “Oh, don’t concern, merely drive {{an electrical}} automotive. It’ll be advantageous.” Appropriately, that doesn’t account for the truth that various the air air air pollution from vehicles comes from the tires. Fairly just a few the hazard from vehicles is clearly not mitigated inside the event that they’re electrical. And {{the electrical}} vitality has to return again once more from someplace, and the batteries are terribly environmentally damaging to create. And so when individuals focus on electrical vehicles, I don’t get very excited, and I do know that you simply simply merely don’t get terribly excited when individuals focus on faux meat. So presumably likelihood is you may—I’d like to concentrate to a few your ideas on lab meat or faux meat or irrespective of individuals title it.

Alicia Kennedy: Appropriately, I’ve made this parallel earlier than due to Invoice Gates, who invested in lab meat and tech meat — which I could make clear the distinctions — nonetheless I think about he educated the New York Occasions or one issue that he was — that Elon, used solely his first title, did top-of-the-line concern ever for native local weather change with Tesla. And I used to be like, “Are you kidding me?”

And I think about that that makes the parallels so clear between these little fixes that moreover make somebody so wealthy, versus exact elementary modifications that we’re going to make, not merely to our behaviors nonetheless to our infrastructure that may make exact, lasting impacts…

And so then you definately’ve obtained lab meat, which individuals concentrate on a lot about. You perceive, the Good Meals Institute is a non-profit that exists, like, actually merely to advertise lab meat, nevertheless it doesn’t actually exist accessible accessible available on the market. It might definitely not exist accessible accessible available on the market. Folks focus on it like it could very imminently, nonetheless we don’t — it’s not likely going to occur. Even Invoice Gates, who was an unlimited booster of it initially, has talked about that we’re actually far-off from it actually attending to anybody’s plates. I think about in Singapore you are going to get a cultured rooster nugget, I think about, and that’s it.

Goodyear furthermore outfitted up this bit, on resignation to native local weather change:

That is so bizarre to me that folks uncover it simpler to confirm a very apocalyptic world with a pink sky and, you understand, us all shuffling alongside in rags by way of rubble. They uncover that simpler to contemplate than a world by which they don’t drive to the large topic retailer a mile and a half away to purchase their 10-pound freezer pack of low-cost beef. Like, they will’t see that there is perhaps one think about between these two realities which might actually be actually gratifying to assemble and really fascinating to assemble and really gratifying, and that may put us proper into a specific sort of contact with the individuals in our group to assemble one issue healthful.

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Stephen Archibald conveniently printed a mannequin new entry in his Seen in Nova Scotia weblog whereas I used to be penning this Morning File, and this time he turns his eye to grave markers fabricated from zinc.

A cemetery with several low-slung gravestones and a taller white memorial made of zinc, showing a person atop a pedestal. There are trees in the background.

Zinc grave maker at Camp Hill Cemetery. Picture: Stephen Archibald

Archibald invitations readers to hitch the membership (or cult) of zinc marker followers, and explains:

Zinc markers are usually not plentiful in Nova Scotia nonetheless they’re widespread; any cemetery that was in use on the top of the nineteenth century is a possible candidate website (most examples are from the Eighties they usually additionally peter out by the First World Battle). The zinc specimens generally mimic their stone cousins in measurement and sort nonetheless are recognizable due to their matte blue gray color and crisp ornament. Normally they’d be the “most fascinating” wanting marker all through the cemetery due to zinc resists the enlargement of lichens and mosses, and environmental staining.

These memorials, he notes, weren’t the work of native artisans, nonetheless have been chosen out of a list (they have been customizable), with loads of the manufacture coming from a plant in Connecticut. Due to bronze had a optimistic cachet, these providing memorials in zinc referred to it as “white bronze.” Ah, selling and promoting.

Detail of a grave marker, with the words "White Bronze Co., St. Thomas, Ontario"

It’s bronze, actually. White bronze. Picture: Stephen Archibald

Archibald shares images from one amongst these catalogues, exhibiting among the many many obtainable motifs that may presumably be added to zinc memorials, after which brings us images of a few of these memorials from all through the province — Middleton, Halifax, Lockeport, Grand-Pré. He describes himself as “completely smitten” with this one:

Image of an obelisk topped by an urn with a cactus-like plant in it. The obelisk, urn, and plant are white and made of zinc.

Picture: Stephen Archibald

I’m not a horror movie fanatic, nonetheless the one beneath offers me important horror film vibes.

A white grave marker, tilted, with the word's "Mother's Grave" and a child in bas-relief pointing up at the words.

Interested by whether or not or not or not mom’s title on the choice aspect. Picture: Stephen Archibald

Though the “white bronze” selling and promoting could have been foolish, Archibald notes that these memorials did ship on their promise to stay in comparatively pristine state of affairs. He writes:

We see almost precisely what our Victorian ancestors noticed, aside from they could examine the iconography with further emotion. What a maintain.

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Halifax Regional Council (Tuesday, 10am, Metropolis Corridor) — furthermore livestreamed


Heritage Advisory Committee (Wednesday, 3pm) — livestreamed

Design Advisory Committee (Wednesday, 4:30pm) — livestreamed

2021 Accessibility Advisory Committee Annual Metropolis Corridor Assembly (Wednesday, 6:30pm, Halifax Central Library) — furthermore livestreamed



No conferences


Public Accounts (Wednesday, 9am, Province Home) — furthermore broadcast dwell

On campus



No occasions


The Pathway Ahead (Wednesday, 2:30pm) — Session 8 of the Dallaire Cleveringa Important Dialog Assortment, held on-line

Half-Separation of Intrinsically Disordered Protein Areas: Biophysics, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics (Wednesday, 4pm) — Julie Forman-Kay from the Faculty of Toronto will concentrate on

Getting older, Despair, and Somatic Properly being: An On-line Public Dialog (Wednesday, 4:30pm) — a panel of consultants lead an on-line dialogue of points that promote psychological and somatic properly being

Saint Mary’s


No occasions


A Step-by-Step Information to Meal Planning (Wednesday, 12pm) — on this on-line workshop Shannon Rouzes teaches 4 simple steps for meal planning, together with safely retailer meals

All through the harbour

06:00: MSC Paris, container ship, arrives at Pier 42 from Sines, Portugal
20:30: MSC Paris sails for New York

Cape Breton
12:30: Stavanger TS, oil tanker, sails from Stage Tupper for sea
14:00: Phoenix Admiral, oil tanker, arrives at Stage Tupper from New York
16:00: Glovertown Spirit, barge, and Beverly M I, tug, arrive at Sydport from Miquelon


A slate tray with a pressed wrap that has french fries in it, and a pile of fries in the background. A piece of meat that might be a chicken nugget is on the left side of the tray.

French Tacos from the French chain O’Tacos. Picture: @jrs97 on Twitter.

I might be in Montreal subsequent week and will report as soon as extra on the French tacos.

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