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Letters to the editor, May 3, 2018 

These are the letters and comments from the print edition.

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Diversify justice

In prison lays Randy Riley, for a crime committed solely by another ("No closure," The City story by Kieran Leavitt, Apr 19). Though the Crown presented no evidence linking him to the crime scene, and jury deliberation took more than 27 hours, a white judge, jury and lawyers consigned the fate of this Black man to jail for second-degree murder. We should be very alarmed by this court's behaviour.

We should address the racist culture of division and distrust and discouragement inherent in today's justice system by requiring the Crown to complete anti-bullying training and implementing jury/lawyer/judge representation based on population of cultural heritage groups. An African Nova Scotian accused would observe African Nova Scotian faces in the court, a Mi'kmaq or a Syrian refugee would also see representatives of their own culture, present as lawyers, judge and jury. In this way Nova Scotia could demonstrate respect for the concept of justice, showing understanding for the fundamental changes needed to improve our way of life. Nancy Bryce, Fall River

Women in front

Everyone is talking about inclusion and diversity at music festivals ("Truro music fest supports #MeToo movement with 100 percent all-male lineup," The Scene story by Tara Thorne, posted at thecoast.ca, Apr 20). If you want to take action, on July 28 travel down the south shore to Lockeport, where you'll find a robust women's music festival. Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song was started by the Fishnet Women's Centre over 10 years ago. They wanted to see more women on stage in Nova Scotia's music scene, so they created a festival that's as inclusive as you can get. The festival grounds are a two-minute walk from a glorious white sand beach. Cindy Embree, Sable River No more Bitching

I've been reading The Coast since I was a teenager—many moons ago—and last week's Love The Way We Bitch/Love section was a terrible read. I think you should stop allowing people to post anything in your paper anonymously. People who spread hate shouldn't be able to use your "progressive" paper to do so.

he "Quit yackin' and MOVE!" Bitch telling grocery stores not to hire senior citizens is shameful. Would you print the same kind of letter about other groups, like women, or visible minorities? Not likely, but generalizing and insulting seniors is OK? If you force people to add their names, this would stop. Please, stop letting bigots hide in the dark, and stop giving them a public platform to spread hate from.

Maybe it's time to get rid of the Bitch section altogether. The world needs more Love, not more Bitching. Marcus Orr, Halifax

Public publicity

After commenting last year on the environmental assessment for the Burnside to Bedford highway expansion, I am amazed to discover that neither the comments received nor the departmental responses are on public record. This is a serious flaw compared with the Environmental Impact Statement Process in the United States, where everything becomes a part of the public record. The Nova Scotia process leaves too much discretion to the proposing department. Even if you're a supporter of highway projects you might agree with me that this proposal is poorly thought out. I also wonder what the position of HRM is on this, since it may or may not meet with the city's future plans. Unfortunately, without automatic public disclosure of comments it's hard to find out. Clark F. Morris, Bridgetown

Corrections

In last week's story "Right here, right now" about NSCAD's recent fashion show, the photo captions neglected to give enough credit. The "Anastasia Pindera" caption should have said Anastasia Pindera Jewellery Design, clothing in collaboration with Angela Fournier. And the "Benjamin Waye" caption should have said Benjamin Waye Design, with jewellery by Borguesse Mozaffarian. The Coast apologizes to all concerned.

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