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Voice of the city: A premier should consider housing a human right

Voice of the city: A premier should consider housing a human right

Not just a financial commodity.
Last week, after more than seven years as government MLAs, two wannabe premiers—Labi Kousoulis and Iain Rankin—proposed modest, provisional versions of the much-needed policy of rent control as part of their bids for the Liberal leadership.

Voice of the city: The show must go on

Music teachers have returned to the classrooms, but the sound of singing is nowhere to be heard.
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the arts sector, especially for the performing arts.

Landlords getting the final word on heritage designation won't work

How a process to protect more Halifax buildings was obliterated in one public hearing.
By March 2020, Halifax had lost a full forty percent of its historic buildings in 11 years.

Federal court rules that the US is not safe for refugees as per the Safe Third Country Act

Now the government has six months to act and advance refugee rights in Canada.
In a federal court ruling that came down last week, the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) was found to be unconstitutional.

250 years later, the province is still trying to shirk its promises in North Preston

If you want an example of system racism in our province, look at the issue of land titles in our African Nova Scotian Communities
A decision came out of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia recently.

My Black hair matters

Why you shouldn't be shy about the hair that grows from your scalp.
Around the world, people have been awakened to the police’s unnecessary and incessant violence against Black people.

Thank you, Halifax. You should feel proud.

A woman who transitioned later in life thanks her chosen city for all the help it gave along the way.
Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder.

Halifax hosts Day of Rage in protest against West Bank annexation

No Justice on Stolen Land brings together Black, Indigenous and Palestinian activists to "fight the injustices that have existed for too long in every part of the world."
On July 1, Palestinian land, identity and culture will once again be threatened with brute force by Israel through the planned annexation of the West Bank. The annexation, slated to take place this Wednesday, has been widely condemned by the international community.

No extension for eviction ban puts Halifax's renters at risk

Renters in Halifax don't have the support and protection they need from government.
Renters in Halifax are getting a bad deal.

Cliff Robinson is one of Halifax's essential workers—COVID or no COVID

Mainline Needle Exchange provides life-saving services 365 days of the year.
On my way to work one morning during the pandemic, I had to pick up some naloxone kits for the hotel that is providing transitional housing to people reentering the community from provincial correctional facilities.

MDMA likely laced with fentanyl leads to overdose and death in Halifax

Harm reduction needs to include youth—just saying no to drugs isn’t enough.
The city of Halifax mourns this week after the fatal overdose of 15-year-old Miya Harris.

Canada should require more than a Grade 12 education for police and RCMP officers

At minimum, police should know the history of the communities they’ll have power over.
The RCMP is in the midst of conducting a criminal investigation of the country’s deadliest mass shooting, which began in Portapique, Nova Scotia April 18, 2020.

Ocean's Week Halifax kicks off online

Trivia, a virtual fish dissection and a keynote address with Future Ancestors
As if it was preordained, the United Nations theme for World Oceans Week 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”. While the UN likely chose this theme to highlight the new and exciting ocean technologies that are changing the way scientists understand the ocean (including underwater sampling gliders captained by Dalhousie University here in the North West Atlantic), in these unprecedented times, innovation has a new meaning.

Nova Scotians are still dying from the overdose crisis

On the national day of action, activists are calling for a safe drug supply, decriminalization of drugs and more.
Just as Nova Scotia tries its best to contain COVID, and Canada’s largest mass killing in recent history leaves 22 people dead from an unimaginable act of violence, there are other tragedies that have been swept under the rug amid the chaos. Canada’s overdose crisis continues to claim the lives of our neighbours and friends—on a daily basis I deal with the devastation of preventable deaths.

Call it by its name: Misogynist violence

Femicides disproportionately occur in non-urban areas in Canada—pretending that last weekend's killings were a freak accident won't stop it from happening again.
Nova Scotians are spending the weekend with heavy hearts as they mourn the loss of 22 innocent people in one of the worst mass shootings in our country’s history.

Voice of The City: Abuse and violence thrive in isolation and silence

Canadian's Battered Women’s Support Services hotline has seen a 300 percent increase in calls because of COVID,
The first person to die from a COVID-19-related death in Nova Scotia was not someone who contracted the virus.

For those incarcerated with their babies, COVID-19 puts two generations in peril

Restrictions for COVID-19 containment in prisons will be harder on women and trans/nonbinary parents. Now is the time for their decarceration.
Yesterday, we heard two prisoners at the Nova Institution federal prison for women in Truro were awaiting results on COVID-19 tests.

Voice of the city: Making the case for play

School won't be back in session until at least May 1, so Crystal Watson says "let your kids rediscover what was normal: leave them alone and let them play."
For many adults, the pressure is on since children are out of school—and will be until at least May 1.

Voice of The City: Exposing privilege during a pandemic

Advocating for social justice should not stop because of COVID-19—it should get stronger.
  In the past couple of weeks, Canadians have watched earnestly as COVID-19 developments rippled across the country and around the world.

Surviving Canada’s overdose crisis under the shadow of COVID-19

Politicians have shown they have the means to act swiftly on harm reduction measures, why now and not earlier?
In the midst of two public health outbreaks, we seem to be forgetting about the overdose crisis, which has taken over 14,000 of the most marginalized and vulnerable lives in Canada.

Nova Scotia passes bubble zone law

Intimidation and protests outside abortion service providers no longer allowed in the province
Although access to reproductive-health care, specifically abortion, is a hard-fought right protected by the Canada Health Act, we know that there continues to be barriers to that access.

DJ OKAY TK has deleted his Netflix account. Why you should too

Binge watching was getting in the way of his creative productivity, so he cut the metaphorical cord.
After three years of countless documentaries and 178 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I'd had enough.

“Do not let Palestinians’ lives become only numbers”

A Halifax woman shares her family's story as political refugees from Palestine.
Since my birth, my family has brought me into this world as a strong Palestinian woman.

Why you should give taking public transit a try

Cars are not the be-all-end-all of getting around in Halifax.
Cars aren't always the most convenient choice.

A parking garage on the Halifax Common would mean big changes for Halifax Lancers

How the 80-year-old non profit feels about being caught in the crosshairs.
There's one thing in Halifax that no other city in the country has: a one-of-a-kind non-profit riding school and equine therapy centre in its downtown core.

‘There are no rules’ when it comes to restaurant accessibility in Halifax

Date prep takes on a whole different meaning for mobility device users in this city.
I t was date night.

In Print This Week

Vol 28, No 3
November 12, 2020

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