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I am a small business owner and I support the postal workers

I am a small business owner and I support the postal workers

The government does not speak for me and I resent that my interests are being assumed to force back-to-work legislation.
In following the progression of the Canada Post strike, I’ve seen nothing but headlines focused on the small business owners who are suffering, the freelancers who are not receiving their cheques, the families whose “Christmases are being held hostage.” I am an independent contractor, a freelancer and a small business owner, and I rely solely on regular mail delivery in order to receive 100 percent of my income.

Moving backwards, apart: some background to the latest Transit controversy

As Pink Floyd almost said in “Another Brick in the Wall,” hey council, leave those folks alone!
The Purcell’s Cove area (from Williams Lake to Ferguson’s Cove) is a place of striking beauty. A significant part of the Backlands to the west of the area will become Halifax’s new Urban Wilderness Park.

Refugee moms at serious risk for postpartum depression

Evidence shows the chance of experiencing postpartum depression is five times higher in refugee women.
Her first pregnancy is a unique experience in any woman’s life.

Trump's words have weaponized terror

The president may not have physically caused this past week's violent events, but his fingerprints are all over them.
Words cannot adequately express my outrage at the attempted bombings against one of the most reliable sources of journalism in America and on this planet.

Gothic Voices of the City

Three more terrifying tales from Dalhousie’s Varma Prize winners for short gothic fiction.
Every year Dalhousie University awards its Varma Prize to English students who compose original works of gothic fiction.

Diversity, inclusion and the Progressive Conservative Party

Canadians need diverse political leaders, on all sides of the Legislature, to enable governments to use better research to inform public policy.
Gender bias is real.

Turn the ship around and come back to Nova Scotia

No, Toronto is not better than Halifax.
Last month in The Coast I read again, with dismay, another opinion piece that concluded that, while Halifax is certainly a pretty little city by the sea, it’s not the city of opportunity that Toronto is.

Ultrasound ‘policy’ one of Nova Scotia's many failings on abortion access

We need to talk openly and persistently of the need for abortion care as a basic health service.
An Atlantic Canadian province is once again in the news for failure to provide timely access to abortion for pregnant people.

Offshore drilling and political theatre

To sacrifice the fisheries and tourism industries for a handful of oil jobs is not a gain. It’s not even breaking even.
G7 leaders will be meeting in Halifax from September 19 to 21 to discuss climate change, and coastal and marine sustainability.

Nova Scotia has responded to prison protest with nothing but contempt

By prioritizing public opinion over alarming and abusive conditions, justice minister Mark Furey shows us his fundamental disregard for the human rights of those incarcerated.
I have a family member in the Burnside prison.

Farewell (once again) to Nova Scotia

A converted, admiring Torontonian looks longingly at a culture and city that I wish I could be a part of year-round.
Joseph Howe said that “if you take any Nova Scotian away...where he cannot view the Atlantic, smell salt water or see the sail of a ship, the man will pine and die.”

As prisoners protest, is the province listening?

A letter of support to the inmates at the Central Nova Correctional Facility.
On August 21, the prisoners at the Central Nova provincial jail in Burnside launched a peaceful protest, in solidarity with a nationwide prisoner strike in the United States, to call for basic improvements in health care, rehabilitation, exercise, visits, clothing, food, air quality and library access.

Unclear mandates at the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs

By switching OANSA to a different provincial department, the government has once again ignored the needs of its Black residents.
How and why did the original African Nova Scotia Affairs’ mandate change and why is the Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs now part of the ministry of Communities, Culture and Heritage? The expansion of the OANSA can be of benefit, if it had the goal of creating an African Nova Scotian representative in the provincial government.

The evidence shows Nova Scotia is failing its prison population

When prisoners say they’re being warehoused, they are not exaggerating.
A few days ago, the Halifax Examiner published a statement written by prisoners at the Burnside jail. In their statement, the prisoners declared that they are engaging in a non-violent protest to pressure the Nova Scotia government to provide them with “a more productive rehabilitative environment.”

A monument for the Maroons

Halifax lacks a proper memorial for the people of African descent who helped build it.
One walks in vain through the public spaces of Halifax to see a plaque or any other sort of memorialization to the Black presence in the city.

My summers on the Harbour Hopper

A lot of people hate the iconic amphibious tour rides, and I'm one of them.
Summertime in the city, and everybody is hating on our infamous amphibious vehicle, the Harbour Hopper.

Affordable housing musical chairs

Cheap rent builds creative, passionate communities, but cheap spaces are exactly what's disappearing in the north end.
Within a two-block radius of my home in the north end of Halifax, there are six condo buildings in various stages of development. This, of course, doesn’t include the four adjacent lots at the end of my street that are being sold as a package for its tear-down value of $2 million.

Why Schmidtville matters

The new Heritage Conservation District is a model for density and “gentlefication” beyond condo development.
On July 17, HRM council unanimously approved the neighbourhood of Schmidtville as a Heritage Conservation District.

Christ preached love, not intolerance

When are religions going to accept and embrace LGBTQ+ people as they are?
We are all of us shipmates on the surface of a vessel called Earth.

Being Black and a tourist in Halifax

Two weeks in a different city can change your perception of people, places and yourself.
I live in Toronto.

The last ship to transport Africans to slavery was helmed by a Nova Scotian

How captain William Foster defied the law and trafficked African peoples to American shores.
As HRM officials lament the recent Halifax Transit “suck me, boy” racism that, along with a slew of other offences, has earned this town the moniker “Halissippi,” I’m mindful that the Clotilda—the last ship to transport Africans to bondage—was helmed by a Nova Scotian. His name?

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Vol 26, No 29
December 13, 2018

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