Hey there, Halifax.
It happened quickly and quietly, but two weeks ago I packed up my bags and returned to Nova Scotia. Before I could even get rid of my jet lag, I was back at work at CBC Halifax: first at my old stomping grounds: current affairs radio (CBC Halifax's Information Morning, to be specific); then reporting for radio news.
Yes: reporting. I've done a lot in less than three years since I've graduated. I've copy edited a health and fitness magazine, reviewed movies for an alternative weekly newspaper, reported feature web stories, and (of course) produced more hours of radio than I can count. But last week was my first venture into the world of minute-and-ten-second voice reports. And for the record, I absolutely loved it.
Below are a couple of the stories I filed last week. Both are about the same issue. Part of the 2014 federal budget included a shift in funding for the provinces. Labour Market Agreements (LMA) that provided funding to programs for marginalized people were set to expire at the end of March, to be "replaced" with the Federal Job Grant program as of April 1. Long story short, this meant community learning organization across Nova Scotia got the notification from the province to make cuts. For some groups, it was small. For others like the Dartmouth Learning Network, they were big: nearly a hundred thousand dollars, which accounts for a third of its budget. Here's what I filed on that story:
The following story I filed is about another group that was notified it would lose a significant amount of funding. ReachAbility is planning to cut two of its programs for people with disabilities:
It's worth mentioning that since I filed these stories, the federal government has sent the provinces a counter-offer. Basically, it means that the provinces can now choose which of two programs they want to cut money from. As of right now both reachAbility and the Dartmouth Learning Network haven't heard if this will be a positive thing for them.