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Letters to the editor, October 24, 2019 


NDP mistake

In last week's City article "Pushing beyond the glass ceilings of BIPOC political representation," writer Julia-Simone Rutgers raises the good point: in all four Metro ridings, there has only ever been a "smattering" of racialized candidates, and none ran for the major parties in Monday's federal election. But one recent incident was left out.

Rana Zaman emigrated from Pakistan when she was a child. A community activist who supports many worthwhile causes, Zaman won the federal NDP nomination in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. However, after her nomination the national headquarters of the NDP in Ottawa told her she had to resign. Her "crime" was she tweeted in favour of Palestinians' human rights and condemned Israel for killing thousands of Palestinians in Israel's recent deadly attacks on Gaza. Though she apologized publicly, it was not good enough for the NDP.

What happened to Rana Zaman has been the subject of much negative commentary and has left some NDP supporters with a bad taste in their mouths. The treatment Zaman received must be examined and criticized—and never repeated.
—Judy Haiven, Halifax

Safety last

As a walker, I was interested in your article on the three vigilantes who improved several pedestrian crossings, and how the city, spent time and money erasing their work ("Three sidewalk vigilantes who can't wait for the city to figure out what to do about sidewalk safety," City story by Fadila Chater, October 3 ). In repaving Allan Street last summer, the city constructed speed bumps on the road, gentle enough to glide up and over, but also high enough to slow down drivers to a decent speed. What a great idea for the whole city, where excessive speed is a constant problem.

A couple weeks ago, as I was walking down Allan Street, I saw large road machines clawing up the new pavement, levelling the speed bumps. I spoke to one of the workers, who said there had been a complaint from people who use quiet, residential Allan Street as a shortcut. "All it takes is one person complaining," he said. "One person with connections."
—Taiya Barss, Halifax

I saw an item on Facebook in the last few months where the city was asking for citizen input into making crosswalks safer. Therefore, I assumed we had turned a corner and that there would be more emphasis on pedestrian safety. How wrong I was. This issue is about the failure of the patriarchy, as reflected by council and staff, that places less value on the safety of children and families than it does on keeping traffic moving.
—posted at by Alice Brewer


Last week in the Sure Thing capsule about Neptune's Pleasureville play, we incorrectly described the cast as all-women, when it's actually made up of people from across the gender spectrum. In the same issue, we put the wrong byline on the Nocturne story "Caroline Monnet knows History Shall Speak For Itself"—the author is Sam Fraser, not Sam Wilson. We sincerely regret these errors, and apologize to all who were misidentified.


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