Act of God, the harbour pilot, the navy?
The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue
John Griffith Armstrong
(Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002)
Hardcover, 256 pp, 6 x 9 inches, 16 b/w photos, maps
Index, Bibliography and Chapter end-notes
New in Paperback: July, 2003
ISBN 0774808918 $24.95
Reviewed by GARY ZATZMAN*
Painting of the Halifax Explosion
Was it an “accident”? Did the harbour-pilot do it? Why did the British Admiralty send such a dangerous ship into the harbour of Halifax in the first place? Why was it diverted from New York? Why did the Americans and the French load explosive cargo in such a way? How much did the navy know – and when did they know it? The Halifax Explosion of 6 December 1917, the most destructive man-made explosion before the dropping of The Bomb, left half the population homeless, levelled residential areas of the working class, the poor, parts of the African-Nova Scotian community at Africville and the Mi’kmaq community at Tufts Cove, discredited the reputations of a number of officials and continues to inflame controversy to this day. John Griffith Armstrong’s The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue heaps another faggot on this fire. Focusing on the official inquiry following the disaster, Armstrong clarifies the role and responsibility of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Continue reading
During the Halifax International Security Forum the people of Halifax affirm No Harbour for War!
The Halifax International Security Forum met in Halifax, Nova Scotia from November 17 to 19. The annual conference brought together over 300 participants from more than 80 countries to discuss the theme: Peace? Prosperity? Principle? Securing What Purpose? Continue reading
Painting of the Halifax Explosion
Infamy of the massacre of the Canadian people in Halifax
December 6th is the centenary of the horrific Halifax Explosion of 1917 – the largest explosion in history before the infamous devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by US atomic bombs in 1945. The tragedy is being marked by an intensive program of events and initiatives, including scores of books, exhibits, radio and TV programs, memorial meetings in Halifax and Boston, and a stamp issued by Canada Post.
The following article by Tony Seed reports on a paper presented by anti-war activists in Halifax in 1983 and expands on it for this publication. On this date, we pay our deepest respects to the families of all those who died as a result of this disaster. Continue reading
Activists hold 600-strong rally in Halifax on July 15, 2017 as the statue of Cornwallis is covered with black cloth.
(July 15) – TML Weekly applauds the people of Nova Scotia who organized the “Removing Cornwallis” Activities in Halifax this July 15. One of their demands is to rename the Cornwallis Genocide Park to the Halifax Peace and Freedom Park. Continue reading
In support of the “Removing Cornwallis” activities in Halifax, Nova Scotia – July 15, 2017 from 12:00 to 15:00 hours
By TONY SEED
On November 21, 2009 some 200 people gathered in a rally in Cornwallis Park to oppose the inaugural Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), a warmongering agency based in Washington, DC and funded by the Department of National Defence and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. They took the collective decision to rename it Peace and Freedom Park as their very first act, an act carried out in consultation with Mi’kmaq elders such as acclaimed historian Dan Paul.
They covered the statue of Edward Cornwallis with a white sheet. The anti-war rally was organized by an ad hoc committee consisting of activists from different affiliations and background, which became No Harbour for War. Continue reading
Demonstration against fourth Halifax International Security Forum, November 17, 2012 | Halifax Media Co-op
Saturday, November 19 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Halifax Peace and Freedom Park (Cornwallis Park)
The 8th annual Halifax International Security Forum will be convened on November 18-20 as a platform for warmongering and empire building of U.S. imperialism and the NATO bloc, in which the Trudeau Liberal Government is fully embroiled.
Warmongers from more than 50 countries will join Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and some 300 others at the Washington, DC based Forum “to learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action.”
The first forum in 2009 was dedicated to popularizing NATO’s then-new “security doctrine.” Subsequent forums have provided a stage to justify NATO’s “humanitarian intervention” in Libya and the whole African continent, Syria and Iran. This forum will no doubt further NATO’s dark plans to attack and destroy the Assad government in Syria under the guise of destroying ISIL “Islamic terrorism,” or for NATO schemes to use Ukraine as a battering ram and platform from which to foster major aggression against Russia.
It is unacceptable that Halifax, or any Canadian city, be used as a venue to plan further crimes against the peace and the peoples of the world. Bring your banners, bring your music and statements, and most of all bring your friends to oppose this war conference.
(No Harbour for War)
Saturday, November 21 – 1:00 pm
Halifax Peace & Freedom Park (formerly Cornwallis Park), Hollis & South Streets, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Organized by No Harbour For War
Endorsed by Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Dalhousie and others
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