NS court case zeroes in on people who posted certain comments on The Coast's site / Petiticodiac River and Bay of Fundy to mingle for first time since 1968 / Your comments on widowhood / Phone-in : Wild birdsApril 14, 2010 3:13 PM
- A judge's decision will allow Halifax Fire Department officials to pursue the Internet Provider addresses of people who posted allegedly defamatory comments in the online edition of The Coast. Will it make people think twice about posting comments under a pseudonym ?
Lifting The Veil Of Anonymity : If you've ever read a news story on a website, you may have scrolled down to the "Comments" section. That's where your fellow readers post their two cents' worth on the topic. Occasionally, you'll read something which adds another dimension to the story. But you can also be sure to find some very sharp opinions from people who don't post their names - just a pseudonym.
That anonymity seems to allow some to write things which would never make it into the Letters to the Editor column of a newspaper,or,for that matter, the answering machine at Maritime Noon, both of which require full identification.
But a court case playing out in Halifax suggests that the free-fire zone of online comments might have reached its limits. It centres on allegedly defamatory statements directed at two senior fire department officials and published in The Coast's online edition .
The CBC's Jack Julian gave us details of the decision from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
Together Again : For the first time in 42 years, the headwaters of the Petitcodiac River in New Brunswick have been re-united with the mighty Bay of Fundy. That connection was blocked in 1968 by the construction of a causeway between Riverview and Moncton, a move that generated decades of debate. We spoke with the CBC's Kate Letterick just before the gates opened.
Losing A Spouse : Producer Deborah Woolway joined me to read emails we received after Tuesday's phone-in with Dr Deborah Van den Hoonaard on the experience of widowhood.
Seasonal Adjustments : As winters go, we've certainly seen a lot worse in the Maritimes. And there's also a sense that spring seems to have sprung earlier than usual.
What does this mean for wild birds, who take their migration and nesting cues from nature ? We were joined by three birders whose eyes and ears have been finely tuned to activity in the three Maritime Provinces. Dr Ian McLaren is a biologist & professor emeritus at Dalhousie University; Dwaine Oakley is past president of the Natural History Society of PEI and teaches bird identification at Holland College; Jim Wilson is on the board of Nature New Brunswick. They answered your questions about wild birds of the Maritimes.
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