It’s been a while since a rally happened in Halifax, but today a large crowd of some 400 people gathered in Victoria Park across from the Public Gardens in downtown Halifax to demand justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet and all Black lives.
Regis Korchinsky-Paquet, a 29 year old Afro-Indigenous woman, died May 27th after Toronto police were called to her apartment. We join solidarity actions across the country demanding #JusticeForRegis
Premier Stephen McNeil wants workers looking for paid sick leave to join a union and engage in the collective bargaining process. He made the call at yesterday’s COVID-19 press conference.
We talk with an early childhood educator who is concerned about going back to work maybe as soon as early June. “Right now there’s a lot of talk going into the plan to reopen about PPEs, there’s a lot of talk about ratios. And those are good things that we need to talk about, but I don’t see enough talk about sick time, or wages. And those are two things that we know were part of the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes,” she says.
You can clean up graffiti, but to rid Nova Scotia of the racism that inspired it will be a lot more difficult, says Vanessa Hartley, the young Shelburne woman who first posted a photo of a hateful slogan spray-painted on a rock on Facebook.
“It’s always on our mind. Before I was redeployed somebody had tested positive at the call centre, and you think about it while at work. Then when you come home you worry about what you may have brought home.” Janitors do essential and dangerous work, but wages are very low and too often it’s all about doing more with fewer workers.
“We’d all benefit from living in a city that was less racist, that was less unjust, that was less oppressive, that was less centered on displacement in the interest of white supremacy and profit.” An interview with professor Ted Rutland about urban planning as a misguided strategy to reduce crime and poverty and pave the way for gentrification of the historic Halifax North End.
Free webinar”: How do we protect precarious workers. Presenter Darius Mirshahi.
Journalist and poverty activist Kendall Worth is the subject of a recent letter of appreciation written by NDP leader Gary Burrill. Great time to add our own praise for this wonderful man!
Legal Aid lawyers suggest police disproportionately fined members of marginalized and racialized communities while enforcing the COVID-19 emergency acts. Where’s the evidence, asks Justice minister Mark Furey. Well, the minister is the reason that evidence has not been collected.