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What’s asked of women in the film industry

What’s asked of women in the film industry

Despite several instances of being humiliated, condescended to and sexualized in my chosen industry, why do I consider myself one of the lucky ones?
If I decide not to report someone when they make an inappropriate comment, does it make me an enabler? If I continue to work with someone who I’ve heard rumours about does it make me complicit?

We stand with El Jones

The racist depiction of our colleague in Frank Magazine is not innocent satire, but a dehumanizing caricature made to diminish and dismiss attempts at justice and reconciliation.
As faculty members at Mount Saint Vincent University and concerned members of the Halifax community, we write to express our outrage at the racist caricature of El Jones, our colleague at MSVU, that appeared in the pages of Frank Magazine. The cartoon showed Jones, along with Halifax’s poet laureate Rebecca Thomas and others, at a recent protest of Halifax`s Edward Cornwallis statue.

When Daniel Paul found Cornwallis

An excerpt from the Mi’kmaw elder’s new biography.
Daniel Paul found his rival in a pub in 1965. He and his brother Lawrence and their Indian Brook friend Norman Brooks were upgrading their education together in Dartmouth.

African Nova Scotian communities form an integral part of our past, present and future

Local DPAD coalition responds to United Nations Working Group.
The African Nova Scotian Decade for People of African Descent Coalition welcomes the recent report from the United Nations Group of Working Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to Canada. More than 25 African Nova Scotian organizations presented to the Working Group in October 2016 and are pleased to see many of their concerns and recommendations reflected in the group’s final report, along with a recognition of African Nova Scotians’ distinct and long-standing place in Canadian history and society.

Stuck in the middle of the arts funding food-chain

If Halifax wants a sophisticated cultural ecosystem, the private sector needs to invest in mid-size arts organizations.

Fall 2017 marks 20 years since I moved to Halifax and 15 years from when Shahin Sayadi and I founded the Onelight Theatre company. In those years, I have had the pleasure of being engaged with arts and culture in this city and I know that we have talented, visionary, hard-working and engaging artists in all fields.

Shaw Wilderness Park sets dangerous precedent for future land deals

Development firm will earn millions in profits—and public park naming rights—by selling the Purcell’s Cove Backlands it bought on speculation to HRM.
Allan Shaw and the Shaw Group sold the land for the Purcells Cove urban wilderness park for $6.6 million—300 percent of its assessed value and $2 million more than it paid for the property in 2011. That’s how to make “corporate philanthropy and real city-building” pay.

The time is now for a guaranteed annual income

Benefits of similar programs are already well established. Nova Scotia only needs political will to implement it.
No one is happy with the current set of supports available to people living in poverty.

Death of the cinema

Cineplex sold out the city of Halifax by selling the Oxford as a building, and not a theatre
The sale of the Oxford Theatre is a sensible business decision for Cineplex Theatres. It was part of the deal when they purchased Empire Theatres in 2013, but the general consensus from talking to family and friends in Halifax—I’ve lived in the U.S. since 2010 and last visited the Oxford in 2015—was that they probably wished it wasn’t. The single-screen setup goes against the instincts of a massive theatre chain, and the ageing theatre is both a logistical nightmare and requires significant investment in upkeep.

Bob Bjerke’s dismissal moves Halifax back in time

City hall firing its chief planner raises plenty of questions—like who’s really in charge of development in this town?
I’ll preface this article by admitting that I don’t yet know the details of chief planner Bob Bjerke’s quick exit (read: dismissal) from his role at HRM. No one does, not even the rest of HRM’s planning staff or apparently Bjerke himself (according to media interviews).

Lessons from Morgentaler

The lack of abortion access in Nova Scotia unjustifiably violates women’s constitutional rights.
Recent headlines have highlighted that abortion access in Nova Scotia might be the worst in the country. It's been almost 30 years since the Supreme Court of Canada held that barriers to abortion access may violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and yet in Nova Scotia it's clear that significant barriers remain.

A nightmare of evocation as Halifax falls to the wrecking ball

Halifax is surely and inexorably being destroyed by rampant developers and an obliging council.
One of my dystopian nightmares (I know that term is redundant but I want to emphasize just how scared and disgusted it makes me) goes like this: At some point in the not-so-distant future, everything that makes Halifax livable, lovable and distinct (common lands, public spaces, historic buildings, heritage neighbourhoods) has been razed and replaced by a dead zone of tall buildings. But that’s not the part that wakes me up screaming.

Don’t be a butt to artists

Respect the craft in all its forms, and pay people for their labour.
LINKS @lizmacdraws; lizmacdraws.com WORDS AND COMIC BY Liz Mac

Making sense of transit on Gottingen

Guaranteeing people’s mobility can make our streets friendlier, more livable spaces.
Gottingen Street is one of Halifax’s busiest, most historic sections of road. Once stigmatized as unsafe and crime-filled, Gottingen is now in transition to a vibrant, dynamic and livable neighbourhood.

P3 schools debacle, lessons not learned?

Governments that don't learn from an inefficient and expensive funding model seem doomed to repeat it.
Last summer, my organization published an evaluation of the 39 P3 schools built in the late 1990s. We concluded that it was a failed experiment marred by cost overruns, massive private profits, mismanagement and an overarching lack of evidence-based decision-making (echoing the Auditor General).

Pride is political and Pride is a party

Dancing is a form of protest, too—a celebration of freedoms and a declaration that we are here.
The east coast is bustling in July. Anyone who's spent a winter on our fair coast knows that the two months of summer we get are used to their full potential as best we can.

Proud Boys are a microcosm of the unchecked violence in Canada’s military

The bigotry this fascist right-wing group espouses is commonplace in the Armed Forces.
The July 4 opinion piece in The Coast on the “Proud Boys” left out a small but important detail about the members of this fascist right-wing group: they are all members of the Canadian military, as confirmed by Royal Canadian Navy. As an Indigenous person with close ties to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), I think that the Proud Boy’s military affiliation needs to be pointed out.

Our people refuse to be broken

Reconciliation is not an official process. It's in the hearts and actions of the individual.
When I was a kid, I used to play “Indian.” I would put a feather in my hair, wear whatever fringed leather jacket my mother had kicking around from the ’80s and I would run around war-whooping outside. When I was a teenager, I dressed up as Pocahontas for Halloween.

Disabled is just different

What if you exist as a person who can never be fully independent?
We live in a society that is very focused on independence.

A love letter to Nova Scotia

Moving here has been, without a doubt, more amazing than I ever imagined.
Dear Nova Scotia, Today marks our two-year anniversary.

No sugar-coating NS election results

Liberal majority is a wake-up call for social progressives and the NDP.
In the aftermath of the May 30 election, Nova Scotia NDP leader Gary Burrill claimed that the NDP’s “trajectory of difficulty has been reversed,” the glass is “way more full than empty” and “we have won, because only the NDP has opened up a door to hope.” Yet the NDP received its fewest votes since 1988 and its smallest share of the popular vote since 1993, allowing the Liberals to win a second majority mandate. There is no question that NDP candidates and activists should be commended for their efforts during the campaign to try to make our province more inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

The inspirational legacy of Wade Smith

Wade gave back and invested in what matters most—our children.
I was very saddened to hear the news of my community brother Wade Smith’s passing on Friday, June 2. Wade was many things to many people: family man; friend; mentor; coach; administer/educator; community leader and more.

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