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Steve McKinley
Atlantic Canada Correspondent, Toronto Star. Photographer. Journalist. Rejuvenated Guitarist. Lapsed zoologist. Chaos-phile. (Also? I can kill you with my mind)
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Steve McKinley Oct 13
Replying to @TorontoStar
In Florida, Republican Governor DeSantis signed off on a law that required released felons to pay all prison fees before being allowed to vote. That law disproportionately affects Black men. Who tend to vote Democrat. via
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Steve McKinley Oct 13
Replying to @smckinley1
In Canada, electoral boundaries are drawn by independent commissions in each province. In the U.S., by legislators who are in power following the latest census. Some of the more egregious abuses here:
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Steve McKinley Oct 13
Replying to @TorontoStar
In Canada, Elections Canada delivered ballots and ballot boxes by dog sled in the Arctic when the planes couldn't fly. And used Coast Guard helicopters to deliver ballots to lighthouses along the B.C. coast. via
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Steve McKinley Oct 13
Replying to @smckinley1
In Texas, Republican Gov. Abbot ordered drop-off locations for mail-in ballots limited to one per county. So Harris County - which contains Houston - had one location for 4.6 million people. Harris County typically votes Democrat.
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Steve McKinley Oct 13
Gerrymandering: The practice of re-drawing electoral boundaries to benefit your political party. Named after Mass. Gov. Eldbridge Gerry, whose re-drawing of a district in 1812 was said to look like a salamander. "Gerry" + " -mander".
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Nicholas Keung 姜巧樂 Oct 7
A officer has been charged with over the violent arrest of a teenager at a shopping mall
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Steve McKinley Oct 2
If your child goes to school in Nova Scotia, chances are there are unacceptable levels of lead in at least some of the water at their school.
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
Replying to @smckinley1
The Potlotek, in Cape Breton, launched their moderate livelihood fishery today, without incident.
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
Replying to @smckinley1
Bailey said that over the 21 years since the Marshall decision it's been a case of one government after another "kicking the can down the road."
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
Replying to @smckinley1
Non-indigenous commercial fishermen say the Sipekne'katik fishery outside the commercial season is bad for conservation of the species. Megan Bailey, who studies fishery management says that's not true. DFO agrees - it's not about conservation.
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
Consequently, when the Sipekne'katik launched their lobster fishery in mid-September this year, it drew the ire of non-Indigenous fishers, who cut lobster trap lines and pulled up lobster traps of the Indigenous fishers.
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
Replying to @smckinley1
After 21 years, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans still has not defined what a "moderate livelihood" looks like.
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
Donald Marshall was a Mi’kmaq man arrested in 1993 for catching and selling eels out of season. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which formally acknowledged the right of Indigenous people to fish year-round for a moderate livelihood.
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
In Burnt Church, Esgenoôpetitj boats took to the waters of NB to trap lobster after the Supreme Court released the Marshall decision in 1999. It kicked off three years of conflict with non-Indigenous fishers, the DFO and the RCMP. via
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Steve McKinley Oct 1
On Treaty Day, a second Indigenous lobster fishery gets underway in NS today. A lot has changed since the “lobster wars” in Burnt Church, NB in 1999. But there’s still conflict when it comes to First Nations asserting treaty rights. Via
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Mark Hamill Sep 29
That debate was the worst thing I've ever seen & I was in The Star Wars Holiday Special.
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Irene Gentle Sep 30
This photograph by ⁦⁩ captures a kind of resilience, acceptance and determination to enjoy the moment that exudes a quiet joy and inspiration to me. We put it on the front page in case it makes you feel a little lighter too. ⁦
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Toronto Star Sep 21
NEW: He poured gasoline over the floor of his cottage and onto some of his vehicles — and loaded up the front seat of a replica Mountie cruiser with guns and ammunition. What we know about the prelude to to N.S. shooter’s rampage.
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Steve McKinley Sep 18
Hacketts Cove resident screech owl wants his money NOW!!! An Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio) perches on a branch in Hacketts Cove, NS September 10, 2020.
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Steve McKinley Sep 18
Hacketts Cove resident screech owl has no time for your BS. An Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio) perches on a branch in Hacketts Cove, NS September 10, 2020.
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