Tuesday, November 06, 2007
It took a couple months, but I finally have my first Hali publication, in The Chronicle Herald, the more serious of the two dailies here:
Neighbourhood versus HRM
Check it out!
Eric: so far this neighbourhood has asked for no compensation at all. They don't want the project, period.
Kissa: Chebucto is the Mi'kmaq word that describes the Halifax peninsula.
I've sent a couple of 'Angry From Fishponds' rants to the local paper about similar issues.
On an unrelated note, I finally got around to checking in the unexpected 80's funk of Bruce Cockburn's 'If I had a Rocket Launcher'
I probably shouldn't comment on the context, but.....
I live in a really small town, which happens to be in the path of two big cities, and the commuters, well, they sort of rule the highways....the egos, the pocketbooks....
a few years ago, the city planners
condemned by "imminent domain" tiny little houses on one side of the highway to widen it, and make room for the new water mains.....
A 70 year old friend of mine was in their path...her cherished home "condemned" and off she went to die of heartbreak instead of old age, in a ten-times-the-price-she-paid-for-hers, duplex. The house still sits there, crumpling, aching.....empty....
They widened the road, but we still don't have city water.....
One question.. what is the CRNA like in terms of SES? Because, in my limited experience, that can have a pretty profound effect on how seriously their complaints are taken...
Ivan: actually I argue with published writing all the time. vehemently. but thank you, it's a nice little start in this one-donkey town. If I can't make it here, I can't make it anywhere.
Singleton: it is awesome and I feel privileged and lucky. Your story is heartbreaking. You know it's those personal stories that really shape the world, much more so than hack-kneed computer models and high-fallutin' theories. The road was also widened at my place (or what I thought was my place) when I was eight years old. Everyone affected fought it to no avail, except a compromise on 'my' house, which was renovated to make way for the wider road (the one that recently killed my poor sweet cat), which is too fast now for safety. It's still residential.
PP: Thank you. I'd love to answer your question, but first can you tell me what SES and CRNA mean?
"Chris Benjamin lives in Halifax"
Who knew Benjibopper had a professional name!
Also Bizarre; Prince had his latest album given away free with The Daily Mail - a notoriously right wing newspaper over here. Ironic, or tragic? Hmm.