Bobbi Zahra 
Member since Jul 28, 2011

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Re: “Being a Jamaican man in Nova Scotia

Well, the author nails it here. This is so worth sharing (and I have) - if people manage to take away just one thought, I hope it is this one: "The problem we have is that many people believe racism needs to be malicious for it to be called racism. We need to change this perception." Omigod, yes! You don't have to INTEND to be awful for your words or actions to ACTUALLY BE AWFUL!

And as an aside to the writer: I'm sorry that this has been your experience in NS. I hope it is getting better.

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Posted by Bobbi Zahra on 04/26/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Abortion doulas offer support in difficult times

I've read very recently about abortion doulas... what an excellent, compassionate idea. And I'm glad there's training available here, because it's something I'm interested in exploring further. Kudos to the women who are doing this.

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Posted by Bobbi Zahra on 09/07/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “What the hell is with these food reviews?

Hm. And yet, even though you believe that Dan Savage's is the only column worth reading, here you are!

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Posted by Bobbi Zahra on 09/29/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Tel Aviv tourism concerns are misplaced, says Atlantic Jewish Council board member

I hope that those who have commented thus far will make their views known directly to NSRAP and Halifax Pride. To encourage one group to feel less excluded by excluding another is just ridiculous.

And as a matter of clarity: when the only country in the Middle East singled out for this kind of opprobrium from Queer Arabs Halifax is Israel, then it's actually not so much a human rights issue as it is garden-variety Jew hatred. I hope that in general readers of this (and similar) articles don't need to be told this, but just in case: you and your same-sex partner can hold hands walking down the street in Jerusalem, or Haifa, or Tel Aviv, or pretty much anywhere else in Israel. If someone tries to hurt you, the law is on your side. Members of Queer Arabs Halifax certainly should be aware of that - when was the last Pride March in Saudi Arabia? Iraq? Iran?

I will add this: hijacking the Pride flag raising, a ceremony to celebrate love and inclusion, by castigating a democratic nation that fully supports LGBTQ rights flies in the face of inclusion and encourages the practice of hatred. That is not my Halifax. That is not the Pride that I know.

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Posted by Bobbi Zahra on 07/20/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “What can we do to help?
Halifax council offers its support for Syrian refugees

A note of correction - the voyage to which you refer, about which the film Voyage of the Damned was made, actually took place in 1939. The SS St. Louis headed initially from Hamburg to Havana and was stopped before entry. It was subsequently refused at every port in which it sought refuge, and its 937 passengers were returned to a Europe that was about to explode into World War II. While some of the passengers made it to safety (some in hiding, some made it to England), most wound up in concentration camps. You'd think we'd have learned by now that 'none is too many' is not an adequate response to a humanitarian crisis.

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Posted by Bobbi Zahra on 09/10/2015 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Came back to share a little more

There I am with my coffee at Uncommon Grounds, leisurely reading The Coast. And there is your 'love,' which I promptly photographed and sent to my daughter. I have snipped the print version because yes, I am that lame! I am so glad I missed the bus that night and got to talk to you. You give me hope. xo

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Posted by Bobbi Zahra on 05/20/2013 at 11:22 AM

Re: “F you Halifax real estate

There are ways to make this simpler... responsible owners tend to take their dogs to obedience classes (which can be documented)... and there's even a certification you can get called (I think) "Good Neighbour," which attests to your dog's good temperament. If I were a landlord, I'd be much more willing to rent to someone who could show me that they'd taken steps to train their dog and to encourage positive behaviour.

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Posted by Bobbi Zahra on 04/30/2013 at 9:09 AM

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