Monthly Archives: December 1999
HALIFAX (December 18, 1999) – IN JULY 1992, the federal government imposed a so-called five-year moratorium on the catching of groundfish species – cod, flounder, haddock, etc – within the 200-mile limit off Canada’s east coast. The moratorium was renewed indefinitely. For appearances’ sake, an “annual review” was mandated for 1997. The last seven years of the groundfish moratorium in the east coast fishery have been seen to be an unprecedented attack on the position of working people in this industry. Continue reading
Shunpiking magazine was honoured by a friendly and informative visit from Carlos Fernández de Cossío, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Canada, on Saturday, October 30, 1999 during his four-day visit to Nova Scotia. Following a brief lunch, Ambassador Fernandez carried a lively two-hour discussion with editorial and production staff.
Shunpiking is Nova Scotia’s discovery magazine, and the third largest print media in the province. While the number of articles on international questions has been few, our editorial mandate involves not only Nova Scotians discovering our own province and region but also the world. Nova Scotia and the Maritimes share deep historical ties with Cuba and the Caribbean.  Thousands of Canadians have visited Cuba in the recent period and appreciate its indelible achievements. Continue reading
By Stephen Kimber
Stoddart, 299 pages, $32.95
Reviewed by DEBORAH SEED,* Shunpiking Magazine
This review was written on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Montreal massacre of 1989.
When a new employee gets hired in an office, school, factory or store, she often finds out soon enough who are the men to avoid, especially at the parties. There exists an unspoken code in any work place, a code shared by many of the women and some of the men, that warns the new employee about the lechers and bosses who take liberties with their underlings. Translated into speech, a gesture or look means “Watch that guy!” or “Keep your distance. Dangerous when drunk or alone.”
A lot of women in Nova Scotia, however, apparently didn’t get the warning about Gerald Regan. According to Stephen Kimber, author of Not Guilty: The Trial of Gerald Regan, “Nearly three dozen women – baby-sitters, office staff, job seekers, law clients, reporters, party workers, a legislative page, even a corporate executive – had told police what seemed to be strikingly similar stories detailing how they’d allegedly been attacked by Regan over a forty-year period between the fifties and the nineties.” Continue reading
6211 North Street: Our fourth anniversary
WITH THIS ISSUE we complete our fourth year of publication. Shunpiking Magazine came into being with a demonstration edition in November, 1995, and our first edition was published in December, 1995. We will resume publishing with our February-March, 2000 edition.
It is clearly evident that, after four years, there is no other publication in our region like Shunpiking. And that the need for a magazine that is healthy and positive, that seeks to address the concerns of Nova Scotians and that discusses issues without fear or indifference, still exists. Continue reading
By TONY SEED*
ONE of the positive developments in Shunpiking Magazine has been the development of a vibrant cultural section. We aim to expand this in the year 2000. But what should our policy, our approach, be to culture and the arts?
Our fall socials in 1998 and 1999, held together with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company of Canning, had as their theme “Culture, Theatre and Life.” This is what brings Two Planks and Shunpiking together. People like the work of Two Planks because it is professional, fresh and deals with life. Life includes everything which is living and that which is inanimate; it cannot do without one or the other; both constitute the essential side of life. Continue reading
ON November 3, Shunpiking Magazine celebrated its Fourth Anniversary Fall Social with Michael Melski’s lively play, Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad at the Neptune Theatre, and a social function at the Economy Shoe Shop in Halifax. Staff, distributors, advertisers, readers and friends were all on hand to participate in the occasion. Over seventy people in all were in attendance.
He expressed the warm appreciation of everyone for the fine performances by actors Chris O’Neil and Gordon Lammie.
“Two Planks brings us relevant theatre,” he declared. “We’re very happy to be here together.” This year, the function was successfully organized as a joint benefit for Shunpiking and Two Planks and A Passion Theatre Company of Canning.
Plans are already under-way for the fifth anniversary in November, 2000. Mark it on your calendar.
Shunpiking Magazine, December-January, 2000, No. 31
By TONY SEED
Upfront Editorial. Shunpiking Magazine, December-January, 2000, No. 31
AS WE APPROACH the threshold of the year 2000 – an illusory date that has long served as a synonym for the future that is about to become the present – we inevitably reflect on the past and take stock of our region, country and world. All the media is prophesying the beginning of a new millennium, but as I glance through the news reports one of the first things which strikes my mind is: what are they talking about? Here at Shunpiking we do want to give significance to the new millennium, too – but without sentimentality, nostalgia or angst, and with some objective criteria.
What has been accomplished in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes in a fundamental way during this century? What do we want to achieve in the future? Continue reading
Review by Progress, African and Caribbean Progressive Study Group, London
The Mario Van Peebles film “Panther” tells the story of the rise and development of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, founded in October 1966 in Oakland, California. The founding of this party is regarded by many as one of the political high points of the 1960’s, a decade marked for it’s social and political upheavals across the world. Continue reading