News release: Please visit the Acadia Art Gallery over the period April 5th to 12th to see an exploration of the Black Press tradition in Nova Scotia in the small gallery space. The exhibit, put together by recent Acadia graduate Sawyer Carnegie, is titled “The Nova Scotia Black Press Tradition: Resisting through Print.”  

From wage theft to unjust terminations, the Smiling Goat saga goes from bad to worse.  Keith Karding was fired over the Easter weekend by Kit Singh. Keith has been very vocal and public about the issue of unpaid wages, as well as in his support of the unionization drive.

News release: Karin Jones, a Vancouver-based artist of African-Nova Scotian and German descent, is presenting her MFA thesis work in an exhibition which opens at NSCAD University’s Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS, on April 3, 2018, running until April 14. The new work, called simply body of work is a series of objects of adornment referencing restraints used during the period of the enslavement of African peoples in the Americas.

The Department of Education will no longer meet with CFS-NS representatives because it didn’t like a Coast op-ed written by its Chairperson, Aidan McNally. The editorial was critical of the government’s unwillingness to deal with sexual violence on campus. “It is our responsibility to hold elected governments accountable to students, not to placate them. If we are doing the latter, we are not serving our members’ interests. The decision of this government to shut students out of representative spaces due to criticism is unacceptable,” writes the CFS-NS provincial executive committee in an open letter.

The Armour Group, property managers of Founders Square, have pointed to poor service to justify the termination of the janitorial services contract with GDI, causing the layoff of seven Black janitors. This Saturday Robert Wright, a tenant of the building, wrote a letter to set the record straight. “I have been in that building for several years and have never had occasion to complain about the state of cleanliness in the mornings.” Wright wants both the Armour Group as well as one of its main tenants, the Province of Nova Scotia, to right this wrong.  

Media release: Educators for Social Justice is concerned about the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies’ (AIMS) efforts to capitalize on the Nova Scotia Liberal government’s recent education reforms. “Teachers have been saying all along that schools are not a business,” said Dr. Pamela Rogers, a PhD in education and English teacher at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford. “AIMS’ represents the wealthiest business interests in Nova Scotia. There is zero diversity on its board of directors. Their record shows they are much more concerned with standardized testing and getting businesses access to public schools, than they are with quality, well-rounded education and increasing equity in school programs.”