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Dalhousie’s diversity dialogue doesn't deliver

Dalhousie’s diversity dialogue doesn't deliver

What it’s like being a Black, female, immigrant graduate student in STEM
As a university student in Halifax, I walk into a classroom or research lab, looking around eagerly, hoping to see someone who looks like me. I gaze around anxiously, searching to find at least one person who can feel the weight that I'm carrying.

Six years of abortion advancements in Atlantic Canada

Recounting achievements in the wake of Dr. Morgentaler’s death
Access to Choice Celebration

How to fight Islamophobia in the wake of New Zealand terrorist attack

Halifax activist has tips for how to hold those responsible accountable.
To my horror, I learned from social media that there has been another attack at a mosque that left 49 people dead and almost 50 injured in New Zealand.

Cogswell plans leave room for more opportunity

Cogswell plan nears completion, but unanswered opportunities still knock.
I n Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth Century Halifax, author Ted Rutland says that in 1970, the city's view was that construction of the "dystopian" Cogswell Interchange was slum clearance in the name of urban renewal.

Celebrate Portia White’s legacy

Not a luxury
Internationally recognized in her day, now revered as part of Canadian heritage, Portia White's legacy is infused with many meanings.

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.

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.

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.

In Print This Week

Vol 26, No 47
April 18, 2019

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