SCAPEGOAT, winner of the 2014 Dartmouth Book Award for non-fiction, is a comprehensive history of the events leading up to the explosion and the numerous legal proceedings which followed. The book is available online from New World Publishing,, and 49th Shelf. In HRM: Carrefour Atlantic at Historic Properties in downtown Halifax and other select bookstores, as well as major and independent book outlets throughout the four Atlantic Provinces. View a Scapegoat talk on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

SVP Productions ( features Scapegoat, the extraordinary legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion, a book by Joel Zemel and William Shakespeare's Sonnets on CD read by Walter Borden. Also, Nell Shipman (filmmaker), James Barry (fiddle player) and Elizabeth Styring Nutt (artist) along with jazz guitar information, resources and suggested listening. contains images and reading material related to the 1917 disaster, including early history of the Royal Canadian Navy, the RNCC and HMC Dockyard. Featured articles are by H. B. Jefferson, Rear-Admiral Bertram Chambers, Michael Dupuis, Janet Maybee, Garry Shutlak of the Nova Scotia Archives.

Visit Joel Zemel's Jazz Guitar Information and Resources.



UPDATE: Friday, 21 November 2014 - The public has been informed that the salary for our illustrious mayor has been set at $168,449 (the President of the United States makes just over double this amount). City councillors now make $80,849.

This raise (green-lighted by who knows who?) is an increase of 16% (mayor) and 11% (councillors) since 2010. From 2013 to 2014, according to Statistics Canada, the country has experienced an inflation rate of 1.7%.

It might be that city council feels the pay raise is okay because there are so few of them compared to years past. It is no wonder all of these people seek to remain in their positions for as long as possible.

If the unbalanced Cost/Return ratio of employing them does not greatly concern or even offend you as a tax-paying citizen of Halifax, N. S., then really, nothing in this world will ever do so.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - Living the Irving dream:

"So far, what has been given back to the community? The federal government's given [Irving] billions, the provincial government's given them hundreds of millions and so far, they haven't named a rink, a stadium, a community centre, nothing." - HRM Coun. Tim Outhit


Read an article by Dean Jobb in the National Post, regarding the destruction of Ground Zero
and the the loss of the harbour view from Needham Hill. Janet Kitz and Joel Zemel are interviewed.

Listen to a radio interview with Joel Zemel and Rick Howe on News 95.7. (19 June 2014)

CTV Atlantic interview with Joel Zemel.

Global TV interview with Joel Zemel.

A full page ad in the Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, 2 July 2014.
A ridiculous exercise designed to make gullible professionals and business people
think they were doing something for the good of the city.

An article by Kevin McCoy, President Irving Shipbuilding
"Shipyard Transformation: Generating Nova Scotia employment today."

Click here for the link to King's College Professor of Journalism, Dean Jobb's blog.

The Deconstruction of Ground Zero and Other Historic Sites (et al) (Pictorial).
Commentary is continually updated.

The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards.

Read the complete winners list of the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards.

The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards Festival poster.

The 2014 Atlantic Summer Reading Guide.

Every Canadian should feel ashamed for this:
Half of Badly Wounded Veterans Not Getting Disability Cheque - Watchdog
("More Related To This Story" links are active in PDF)

What's in a name? Plenty! However, some fools (no other word for it) have surreptitiously taken it upon themselves - with some sort of self-imposed power - to drop the title "Memorial" from the new library on Spring Garden Road. Apparently, overt respect for those who have fallen in past wars is now too out of fashion.

Historian Blair Beed is on a one-man campaign to have this travesty turned around. Halifax Central Memorial Library - as difficult a concept as quantum physics for some, it would appear.

The inept people in control are even giving away artifacts from the Memorial Exhibit such as the Silver Cross. This is shameful.

Read the articles. story 1 story 2.


I've always marvelled at the dichotomy between the overly-aggressive rhetoric many American right-wing conservatives like to foist on the world and the thin-skinned, humourless attitudes of same when confronted with a completely harmless action. This is a perfect example.

[British] Embassy apologises after White House cake prompts row.

A demand by the Brits for an apology from the White House every time the 4th of July rolls around seems appropriate then, eh what?!

The shooting in Ottawa: One would have to ponder how it looks to the rest of the world when our prime minister, granted, without the benefit of a security detail rushing him to safety, opted to hide in a closet while leaving members of his own party, his peers, to defend the barricaded room and himself.

On the surface, this does not appear to reflect the actions of a leader of men, let alone a country. When one has just loudly announced to the world that Canada will not be intimidated by terrorists, if anything, his action only serves to undermine feelings of confidence and pride in the office.

On the other hand, there are these men:



A fitting quote regarding the unfolding circumstances surrounding CBC's dismissal of its now disgraced radio host:

"Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests." - Horacio Castellanos Moya

Update, 15 November 2014: All things concerning the headline in today's Toronto Sun - "CBC Probes Itself" - are too ridiculous for any further elaboration.

All text and images Copyright © 1999 - 2014 SVP Productions.
All rights reserved.