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

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.

Our sad, shameless attempts to try and impress Chelsea Peretti

It took approximately 10 seconds for a tweet to turn Nova Scotians into parodies of themselves.
It makes sense that Matt Whitman would want to get Chelsea Peretti to hang out with him.

Dump trucks and social dumping

Private developers avoid the real costs of construction by passing them on to innocent bystanders.
The large dump trucks of construction waste thunder by my Schmidtville window with a downshifting growl on the grade outside my house.

How Halifax welcomed the Maroons

An excerpt from Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone.
In late July 1796, on a “glorious day of warmth and sunshine,” three large transports brought 549 Trelawney Town Maroons to the harbour of Halifax.

When the men we love hate women

When men kill their partners, we direct our anger in every possible direction except towards the man that killed his partner.
We were presented with 32 witnesses and an overwhelming amount of evidence that painted a gruesome picture. The Crown described how Nicholas Butcher read Kristin Johnston’s private messages, stalked her, sat outside in his car watching her through a window (with a kitchen knife in the console of his car, next to the driver’s seat), convinced her to come home with him and then, after she fell asleep, stabbed her 10 times in the throat until she was dead.

Customers of the state

The myth of “your tax dollars at work” and why government shouldn't be treated as a corporation.
We’re used to being thought of as customers—that the money we spend comes with certain entitlements, and that we should wield influence over those we spend it with.

Saying goodbye to a changing city

We need to encourage people to chase new opportunities, while welcoming those ready to make Halifax their home.
Halifax has many rites of passage.

No, Christians are not being persecuted in Canada

Church vandalism is not an excuse for religious leaders to spread fear.
I was late to the story on Easter Sunday.

Hiring white men in Toronto to tell our stories: A part of our heritage

Historica Canada shortlisted a local filmmaker’s Heritage Minute pitch on Lucy Maud Montgomery, then gave the idea to someone else.
Heritage Minutes: If you lived in Canada in the ’90s and had a TV, you’re probably familiar with them.

Employee abuse is a structural problem


The conditions for sexual misconduct are baked right into the operation of most businesses.
In the wake of every big #MeToo story, from Hollywood to Halifax, there is a temptation to figure out what went wrong. Who knew and did nothing?

Liberals pay lip service to feminism while failing survivors on campus, again.

To use feminist rhetoric taken from grassroots organizations to acknowledge rape culture on campus, and then block legislation that would support survivors is liberal hypocrisy at its finest.
As I sat in the gallery of the provincial legislature and heard Patricia Arab, MLA from Fairview-Clayton Park, paying lip service to feminist ideals while simultaneously arguing against legislation that students have been demanding for years, I felt sick. On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Liberal government had once again stonewalled legislation that would support survivors of sexualized violence on post-secondary campuses.

Take back the streets

There is growing recognition that we have to reinvent streets and undo the damage caused by the dominance of the automobile over the last 70 years.

Shift Conference Wednesday, February 28-Saturday, March 3 Dalhousie School of Planning 5410 Spring Garden Road free dalhousieplanningconference.webs.com The form and structure of cities is changing.

Trust has to be earned on province's education reforms

Teachers only have two options: sit back and let the government tear apart school administration and hope things are better after. Or fight.
Stephen McNeil’s government is looking to railroad Nova Scotians into an overhaul of school administration based only on some thinly supported recommendations from a partisan education consultant.

Work boots and Blundstones: Development in Dartmouth

The working poor are dug in and will hold their ground tenaciously even as the rents get jacked up by gentrification.
When I was a kid, they used to just leave stuff to sit and rot in Dartmouth. It has long been ignored as a treacherous wasteland.

End prison segregation now

Atlantic Canada has the highest use of solitary confinement in the country. Is this about to change?
“We won!” exclaimed the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, regarding the BC Supreme Court ruling January 17 against sections of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that allow for indefinite solitary confinement. In the frustrating, protracted, and so-often disappointing battle for prison justice in this country, it is, of course, a win, and to be celebrated.

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Vol 26, No 3
June 14, 2018

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