Record suspensions, formerly called pardons, are a means where a person who has been criminally convicted of offences can clear their criminal record through periods of good behavior where additional convictions are not incurred.
Clearing a criminal record is not the same thing as erasing it; in government, nothing really gets erased. A successful record suspension does make the record unavailable to the casual inquirer or criminal records check.
Most importantly, a successful record suspension will make obtaining employment easier and facilitate international travel. A criminal record, especially one for dishonesty related offences such as theft or fraud, will raise a warning with a potential employer that the employee cannot be trusted. Employment hiring practices that discriminate against potential employees who have past convictions is not a ground that is protected under human rights legislation. Resumes will not be advanced and phone calls inquiring about job openings may not be returned when a person has a criminal record that contains dishonesty or violence related convictions.
Likewise, trying to enter the U.S. with a criminal record that contains “only” a drunk driving conviction may be enough for the U.S. Border Services to refuse entry into the United States. This will definitely be the case if the person’s criminal record contains convictions for violence, dishonesty related offences, weapons offences or drug offences. Persons who wish to travel to the United States with these sorts of records are well advised to postpone, if possible, such trips until they have obtained a record…
I was in Newfoundland last week to attend the Outdoor Writers of Canada convention. The association is made up of communicators from across the country who use a variety of media to cover outdoor topics in Canada. The meeting was held in the community of Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne National Park. I packed my fishing gear but it was too early for salmon. That didn’t prevent me from checking out some local tackle shops to see what the hot flies were this year. I wasn’t surprised to find simple hair wing flies and deer hair bugs are just as popular as ever. I was reminded that the first recorded references to the use of hair wing salmon flies in Eastern Canada came from Newfoundland. Joseph Bates, in his book "Atlantic Salmon Flies & Fishing" (1970) quotes Herbert Howard, a renowned angler; fly tier and angling historian who wrote that he had seen a family Bible that belonged to a Newfoundland family named Stirling. The Bible contained several hand written entries dated between the years of 1720 and 1896. One of the entries, dated 1795, described a hair wing fly called the red cow fly and said that salmon were caught on it.
Moose hair is another important ingredient in many Newfoundland flies and horses have also made a contribution to fly fishing, and fly tying over the years. Horse hair is also finding its way into modern flies. But it was not just any horsehair; the best material is…
The DQ Blizzards captured the Halifax Mets Invitational last weekend. Pictured in front from left are: Sam Hickey, Cody MacDougall, Lucas Fraser, Luke Young, Ray Lowe-Chisholm and Jayden Hatchard. In back from left are: Skyler Earle, Thomas Devine, Cody Leblanc, Scott Long, Braydon Killen, Nick MacInnis and Chris Avery. Coaches are Chris Hatchard, Kevin Bayer and Shannon MacInnis. SUBMITTED