KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – As we reported in late July, a third party review found widespread anti-black racism at Halifax’ Parks and Road Operations and Construction unit.
“The consultation with employees and interviews with supervisors suggest that the business unit is caught up in a self-sustaining cycle of prejudice in which African Nova Scotians continue to be negatively impacted by experiences of harassment and discrimination, and supervisors and other employees dismiss these concerns, or blame the victim for their response,” the report concluded.
The review suggests low morale is widespread, and not just among African Nova Scotian employees. Women, members of the LGBTQ community, and seasonal workers also hold grievances that the review deemed justified.
In a follow up to this story we asked Halifax communications staff a few specific questions:
1 – Is it Halifax’ intention to include CUPE Local 108 as a formal partner in the implementation team that has been formed to manage the roll out of the recommendations? If not, why not?
2 – Has Council been briefed on the report?
3 Will Council be involved in the implementation of the recommendations?
4 – Have target dates been assigned to the various recommendations?
5 – Who within the HRM management team bears responsibility for the implementation of the recommendations?
6 – Has a budget been assigned to the implementation?
7 – Would Ms.Tracey Jones-Grant (the manager of the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Program) be available for an interview about the report?
Attached is the city’s response by Adam Richardson, a Senior Communications Advisor. Questions 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 did not receive clear answers.
Also attached is a copy of the report on the Employment Review, marked confidential. Note that an earlier version of the scanned report only contained odd pages.