Halifax News Digest: March 14-16

Catch up on happenings on the Halifax peninsula, as reported by other news outlets.

Halifax protesters take aim at federal government’s anti-terrorism law (Metro Halifax)

Krista Simon organized a protest against the federal government’s proposed C-51 law, and she hopes that the protest will create a “national dialogue against Bill C-51.” Bill C-51, also known as the “anti-terrorism act” will give police even more power, and allow for the detainment of terror suspects, as well as give more power to Canada’s spy agency. There were many other rallies taking place on Saturday in places such as: Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon and Calgary. These protests were called “Defend our Freedom.”

‘Fast and furious:’ Sunday’s storm one of the worst to hit Halifax this winter (The Metro)

Darin Borgel, a meteorologist for Environment Canada, says that Sunday’s winter storm was “one of the worst the city has experienced this season.” The storm, which began late Saturday evening, dumped between 12 to 35 centimetres of snow. Some flights were cancelled or delayed. Halifax Transit buses were put on a snow plan as a result of the storm. Environment Canada predicts another weather system that is headed straight for the province.

Dentistry student Millet agrees to remediation process (The Chronicle Herald)

Ryan Millet, the self-professed whistleblower of the misogynist Facebook group, is agreeing to take part in a remediation process in order to educate himself on the subjects of misogyny, sexism and homophobia. Those subjects were common among many of the Facebook posts in the group Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen. Millet’s single action of blowing the whistle was determined “not enough” by Dalhousie’s academic standards class committee.

Air Passenger advocate launches constitutional challenge (CTV News)

In Gabor Lukacs’ recent battle with the Canadian airline industry, the 32-year-old is challenging the operations agency. He claims that the airline refused to disclose evidence of passenger complaints – which is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Lukacs says that his advocacy is “less about his personal experiences and more about seeing an area where he feels he can make a positive change for Canada.”

Canadians now reach out to Lukacs with their transportation frustrations, and he often gives them advice on how to handle situations.

Halifax police officer cleared of wrongdoing after woman breaks arm in custody (CTV News)

After reviewing hospital surveillance footage of an incident involving a Halifax police officer and a 51-year-old woman that resulted in the woman breaking her arm while in custody, the police watchdog report confirms that the officers actions were reasonable and no charges will be laid. The woman was arrested in August 2014 after she was found yelling and screaming in a parking lot at the Dartmouth Crossing shopping area. The woman was taken to a Halifax hospital after the arrest, where she would wait to undergo a psychiatric assessment. However, while waiting, the woman became very upset and the police officer who stayed with her at the hospital was forced to use handcuffs on her, resulting in the woman breaking her arm.

Costco Canada’s fish import licence suspended (The Chronicle Herald)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that Costco Canada is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations. However, there is no specific product recall as a result of the suspension. The suspension came as a result of Costco Canada implementing inadequate control of food safety. The company will not be allowed to import fish into Canada until appropriate action is taken and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is satisfied with the changes. Costco Canada’s suspension of fish imports went into effect on Feb. 26.