Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Kendall Worth with a short and sad story about a woman living with developmental disabilities and mental health issues who lost her job and is dreading the day she will have to apply for social assistance.

Overworked, not paid enough and working in unsafe conditions, food workers at Nova Scotia Community College campuses in Dartmouth and Halifax set their minds on joining a union. Earlier this month the 25 or so Chartwells workers voted on joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2. The vote hasn’t been counted yet, but workers and the union are confident they won. We talk with two workers and an SEIU organizer.

A moving story obout a four-year old little girl at the Shubenacadie Residential School and her doll, as remembered by Elder Elder Magit Sylliboy, and filmed by students of the We’koqom’a Mi’kmaw School in Waycobah, Cape Breton. A must see!

An open letter in support of Masuma Khan on behalf of over 100 women and trans gender non-conforming former students’ union reps. “Since speaking out against the whitewashing of Canada’s history through the Canada 150 campaign, Masuma has been the target of disgusting racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic and misogynist attacks as well as threats of violence, including sexual violence. Instead of defending and protecting this brave racialized, Muslim woman, Dalhousie University chose to initiate disciplinary action against Masuma at the request of a white male student.”

Dr. Fiona McQuarrie, author and Associate Professor in the School of Business at the University of the Fraser Valley, on the search by Amazon for a location for its second headquarters. Halifax was one of the cities formally expressing an interest, a bit of a long shot. Be careful, McQuarrie warns, “it’s particularly distressing that cities’ reaction to Amazon’s proposal is akin to contestants on The Dating Game begging “Pick me! Pick me!”, without knowing much about their potential partner,” she writes.