Monday, 20 August 2018

Lawson Roy’s Pinion on Syn-thetic Polymers, a poem by Nova Scotia poet Cory Lavender, is the third of eight poems we will publish during the remainder of the year, selected as a result of the call for poems we issued in May. It is one of nine poems in his recent chapbook Lawson Roy’s Revelation, published by Gasperau Press. The poems are in the voice of Lawson Roy, his lobster-fishing grandfather from Port Mouton.  

In an open letter, released this Wednesday, 200 academic researchers are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nalcor, to immediately stop work on the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador. The letter cites a lack of Indigenous consent, concerns about safety, and the risk of mercury poisoning as reasons for the demand. Nova Scotians have their own textbook-colonial relationship with the project, as the province stands to benefit through the Maritime Link, yet remains blind to its complicity in the cultural genocide and the destruction of traditional lands and food sources.

The YWCA Halifax has issued a statement about the Halifax smoking ban, an they don’t mince words. “The proposed smoking by-law will disproportionately affect Halifax’s Black, Indigenous, homeless, and poor citizens. It is, in effect, a social policy whose outcome is to criminalize the poor and increase scrutiny and risk into their lives.”

“The fact is this is not about risk, it is about ideology. The credit union has chosen to jump on the dump-DB-pension-plan bandwagon. The action by the employer completely fails to recognize the years and years that employees either took concessions or accepted less in order to maintain a decent pension plan and each time they showed their ability to work with the employer.”