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White supremacy in Halifax

White supremacy in Halifax

Maxime Bernier and the People's Party of Canada come to town.
To understand the growing right-wing movements in this province, I subjected myself to the convention for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada at the Atlantica Hotel in Halifax on Friday, January 18.

Trayvone Clayton shares his voice, his opinion

Halifax activist speaks out against racist incident in Ottawa.
My name is Travone Clayton, born and raised in Uniacke Square, Halifax.

The Wet’suwet’en struggle is far from over

The RCMP believed the fallout from their assault on the Wet’suwet’en would be contained and minimal. They have already been proven wrong.
Sixty-five kilometres up a logging road near Houston, British Columbia, just beyond a river from which you can drink directly, lies an unceded territory actively defended by its original people. To enter, you need to go through a free, prior, and informed consent protocol designed to keep people out who do not benefit the land and its people.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Pipeline blockade is a sign of deeper troubles

We must stand with the chiefs and land defenders in their efforts to protect the land, water and air that we all rely on for health, well-being and survival.
Recent controversy over a natural gas pipeline blockade and the differing priorities of hereditary chiefs and elected band councillors illustrates a fundamental problem with our systems of governance and economics.

Halifax's snow job on citizens

Our grandchildren will bear the financial burden of this city's decision into infamy.
After listening to all of the conversations surrounding the poor snow clearing jobs after the recent snow/rain storms, I have come to the conclusion the public is getting a snow job from our elected representatives when trying to explain why we are getting such poor service. Every time, when asked about improved services, the first thing every councillor and the mayor will say is that taxes will have to be increased, instead of really taking a hard look at the millions of taxpayer dollars being wasted on projects that benefit only the city core and interest groups like the Cycling Coalition, Ecology Action Centre, It’s More Than Buses, the new HRM Centre Plan and developer subsidies for cost overruns like the new YMCA, Ramia’s Convention Centre, Armoyan’s Arts and Cultural Centre, the $10 million streetscaping for Spring Garden Road and $50 million for tearing down the Cogswell Interchange.

My friend Willard

The neighbourhood lost a real one last week.
My friend Willard died on Friday.

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.

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Vol 26, No 38
February 14, 2019

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