Joanne Bealy considers the state of the world and our province and issues a call to action. “We need people who don’t usually speak out to join those who do and for everybody to stand together for the good of all of us. It’s time to let it be known that the disenfranchisement of minority groups, intended or not, is not OK. One step forward, maybe two back, but on we go. We can have the country we want and deserve. It is our choice.”

Here is a bit of a news brief on this year’s May Day rally in Halifax, including a transcribed speech by Stacey Gomez of the Migrant Rights Network. Gomez addresses the case of Daniella, a migrant worker at the Fox Hill Market and Deli on Robie Street in Halifax, who was allegedly subjected to extortion by her employers.

May First, international working class day, also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the Halifax General Strike of 1919 against war profiteering and super-exploitation of the construction trades in the wake of the Halifax Explosion of 6 December 1917. Tony Seed looks at the circumstances that triggered this strike, and many others like it in Nova Scotia and all across Canada.