<i>Policing Black Lives</i> exposes Canada’s history of state violence

Policing Black Lives exposes Canada’s history of state violence

Author Robyn Maynard visits Halifax this week to speak about her new book on Black activism and racial injustice.
As social media defies geographic borders, many Canadians scrolling through their timelines are flogged with anti-Black sentiments coming out of the United States. But before basking in the centuries-old falsehood that Canada is nowhere near as racist as the US, you may want to read Montreal activist and author Robyn Maynard’s debut book, 
Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Matt Whitman’s deafening silence

The councillor thought it was better to remain silent on Halifax's Integrated Mobility Plan, then open his mouth about Segways and prove himself a fool.
Confronted with the single most important planning document for the future of transit, walkability and accessible living in the entire Halifax Regional Municipality, councillor Matt Whitman had nothing to say. When it came time later in the same meeting to protect a niche tourism business, the Hammonds Plains–St. Margarets representative couldn’t stop talking.

BDSM defense will bolster protection of abusive men, says advocate

Christopher Garnier’s legal team is playing a dangerous game suggesting consensual choking caused the death of Catherine Campbell.
As soon as she became aware of the Christopher Garnier trial, Laura says a familiar feeling began to sink in. “Here we go again,” she says.

A prison pregnancy

In the new feature from our partner The Deep, Bianca Mercer is pregnant, in jail, failed by the system—but help finds her.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Don’t blame God or nature. We’re the culprits

Traditionally, we’ve labelled events over which we have no influence or control “acts of God” or “natural disasters.” But what’s “natural” about climate-induced disasters today? Scientists call the interval since the Industrial Revolution the “Anthropocene,” a period when our species has become the major factor altering the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet on a geological scale.

How we choose to remember the Halifax Explosion

Historian Jacob Remes believes the way this city commemorates its historic tragedy says more about who we are today than who we were a century ago.
If a hurricane passes over a deserted island, says Jacob Remes, no one calls it a disaster. According to the historian, a disaster is defined by people—how society responds or doesn’t respond to its impact.

Traumatic re-creation

Arthur Lismer’s stark sketches of the Halifax Explosion’s immediate aftermath draw a line through history; connecting art and tragedy.
Arthur Lismer and the 1917 Explosion: When War Came to Halifax November 23–December 17 Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Avenue If it happened today, producers would be bidding for the film rights by noon.

Rebuilding trust in Beechville

Armco hires Joachim Stroink to help ease tensions with historic Black community that’s faced centuries of broken promises.
Armco Capital has a lot of work ahead if it wants to earn back the trust of Beechville residents for the company's new subdivision. Helping ease the tensions built up from 200 years of false promises and racist planning decisions is Joachim Stroink, the former MLA who made national headlines in 2013 after posing for a Christmas photo with a man in blackface.

What if the Halifax Explosion happened today?

How Halifax’s Emergency Management Plan would handle another catastrophic event.
Given the inescapable 100th anniversary coverage, it's quite hard to imagine anything worse than the Halifax Explosion occurring again. But given current events, it's also all-too-easy to picture another Mont Blanc-meets-Imo situation taking place.

The Halifax pop culture explosion

Some of the ways the Halifax Explosion has been chronicled in the past 100 years.
Non-fiction Catastrophe and Social Change, Based upon the sociological study of the Halifax disaster by Samuel H. prince (1920) T.N.T. by Allan Baddeley (1931) The Story of Dartmouth by John Patrick Martin (1957) The Town that Died: The True Story of the Greatest Man-Made Explosion before Hiroshima by Michael J. Bird (1962) 17 Minutes to Live by Richard A. Boning (1973) In My Time: A Memoir by Thomas H. Raddall (1976) Great Halifax Explosion, December 6, 1917 by Joan Horwood (1976) Miracles and Mysteries: The Halifax Explosion, December 6, 1917 by Mary Ann Monnon (1977) The Halifax Explosion By Kate Carman (1981) Canadian Disasters by Rene Schmidt (1985) A Name for Himself: A Biography of Thomas Head Raddall by Joyce Barkhouse (1986) The Halifax Explosion: Realities and Myths By Alan Ruffman (1987) Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion and the Road to Recovery by Janet Kitz (1989) Dartmouth’s Day of Anguish: The Explosion, December 6, 1917 by Harry Chapman (1992) Worse Than War: The Halifax Explosion by Mary Pauline Murphy Sutow (1992) Survivors: Children of the Halifax Explosion by Janet Kitz (1992) “A Vision of Regeneration”: Reconstruction after the Halifax Explosion, 1917-1921, author unknown (1993) Memories of a Day of Horrors by Harry Chapman (1993) Explosion in Halifax Harbour, December 6, 1917: The Salvation Army’s Relief Operations by Ralph Pilgrim (1994) Ground Zero: A Reassessment of the 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbour by Alan Ruffman and Colin D. Howell (1994) The Explosion—A Child’s Story by Darren Brackley (1997) Too Many to Mourn: One Family’s Tragedy in the Halifax Explosion by James G. Mahar and Rowena Mahar (1998) 1917 Halifax Explosion and American Response by Blair Beed (1999) St. Paul’s in the Grand Parade: 1749-1999 by Sarah Baxter Emsley (1999) The Face of Disaster: True Stories of Canadian Heroes from the Archives of Macleans Michael Benedict (2000) The Day Halifax Blew Up by Kenneth MacGillivray (2000) Time In A Bottle: Historic Halifax Harbour from the Bottom Up by Bob Chaulk (2002) The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue by John Griffith Armstrong (2002) Explosion in Halifax Harbour, 1917 by Dan Soucoup (2017) Breaking Disaster: Newspaper stories of the Halifax Explosion by Katie Ingram (2017) 6•12•17: The Halifax Explosion by John Boileau (2017)

SCIENCE MATTERS: Renewable energy isn’t perfect, but it’s far better than fossil fuels

In their efforts to discredit renewable energy and support continued fossil fuel burning, many anti-environmentalists have circulated a dual image purporting to compare a lithium mine with an oilsands operation. It illustrates the level of dishonesty to which some will stoop to keep us on our current polluting, climate-disrupting path (although in some cases it could be ignorance).

So does the Centre Plan exist or WTF?

As councillors debate whether the new land-use bible is an urban myth, pressure mounts to finally wrap-up the overdue project.
Willow Tree is in limbo. Armco’s proposed tower at the corner of Robie Street and Quinpool Road was approved by Halifax Regional Council this past spring at a staff-recommended, Centre Plan-inspired height of 20 storeys.

Putting trials on trial

Legal professor Elaine Craig's upcoming book holds Canada's justice system accountable for failing victims of sexual assault.
The urgent and vivid public discourse surrounding rape culture has perhaps never been so ubiquitous. The stampede of coverage in the wake of a (seemingly nonstop) list of allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in media, entertainment and government is not slowing down—if anything it seems to be gaining more traction all the time.

Immigrant Women Entrepreneur Showcase offers education and opportunity

Eighteen women will pitch business ideas at next week’s event.
Immigrant Women Entrepreneur Showcase Pitch Competition Monday November 27, 6:30pm Halifax Central Library,5440 Spring Garden Road

SCIENCE MATTERS: Corporate influence inflames political cynicism

In 1952, my Grade 10 civics teacher asked us what we hoped to become as adults. One of the most popular boys answered, “I hope to go into politics.” We were delighted because we knew he wanted to make the world and Canada better, and we admired him for it.

Rent control idea frozen out, along with Nova Scotian tenants

Proposed legislation from NDP might not be the solution to housing affordability, but something is needed—and soon.
Rent control could be a step in the right direction for Nova Scotia but some think it won’t be enough to address poverty and housing affordability. The NDP proposed new rent control legislation last month that would see rent increases capped at 0.8 percent for the first year, and become negotiable after that.

Breaking the silence on Nova Scotia's new cyberbullying legislation

The province's new Intimate Images and Cyber-Protection act was passed two weeks ago, with little noise and a lack of public input.
On October 26 the Nova Scotia legislature quietly passed the Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act.

Bus Stop fears curtain call

The theatre co-op is confronting the north-end gentrification it set the stage for.
The Bus Stop Theatre's new Stage It program aims to give a voice to those silenced by gentrification. It's a battle the theatre itself isn't immune to.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Site C exposes economic folly of flooding farmland

As many countries move away from big hydro projects, B.C.’s government must decide whether to continue work on the Site C dam. The controversial megaproject would flood a 100-kilometre stretch of the Peace River Valley and provide enough power for the equivalent of about 500,000 homes.

The intentional ignorance of Halifax police street checks

Over and over again the city's racialized communities are asked to chronicle the dehumanizing violence they live every day. Over and over again they oblige, but nothing changes. Why can't we hear them?
We’ve been here before, many times.

LED streetlight project delayed, millions of dollars over budget

Blame NS Power's record-keeping, says Halifax’s public works director.
The light at the end of the tunnel is costing Halifax an extra $8 million.

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Vol 25, No 28
December 7, 2017

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