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Turn the ship around and come back to Nova Scotia

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?

Poor history of hiring Black workers continues

Those in government, media, education and business are complicit in the lack of Black Nova Scotians employed at the Irving Halifax Shipyard.
The effect of systemic racism damages indiscriminately.

Not ensuring adequate funding for the elderly in care homes is a glaring example of ableism

The premier is championing Bill 59 out of one side of his mouth while defending cutbacks in funding for housing out the other side.
The disabled community is the most diverse community of all.

The unbleeping of the media

There is a myriad of ways in which this normalization of vulgarity is problematic
I remember the anticipatory relief I felt on the eve of November 8, 2016, that normalcy would return the following day.

No consent, no pipeline

Trudeau’s government has disregarded Indigenous and community consent. We should be angry—so let’s be loud about it.
The year I was born, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were 356 parts per million.

Relying on a statue in a park to tell our history is lazy

More history doesn’t mean more statues. It means more stories, more research, more resources and, more importantly, more listening.
Thousands of tourists will visit Halifax this summer and return home without learning an inkling of its history, all because a statue is locked in storage in Burnside.

Civil servants lied to the police and that needs to be addressed

The province is hoping its FOIPOP blunder goes away and if it does, nothing will change.
It’s been a few months now since a 19-year-old Nova Scotian’s family home was raided over a rarely used “unauthorised access to computer” charge, which is a federal offence carrying up to 10 years in prison.

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Vol 26, No 21
October 18, 2018

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