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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.

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