For many Nova Scotians renting an apartment in the community they call home is becoming very challenging. The Nova Scotia NDP is pushing for rent control, Airbnb regulation and rules that will make apartment hunting a little easier.
An offer by filmmaker and actor Ellen Page to pay for the drilling of a public well to provide clean water to a long suffering African Nova Scotian community is said to experience some push back from the Town of Shelburne.
A broad and sweeping joint effort to repair relations between the Town of Truro and the African Nova Scotian community in that town is lauded as a historical event, not just for Truro or Nova Scotia, but perhaps even for Canada.
An interview with Chris Frazer, the Communist candidate in Central Nova. We talk about climate justice, poverty, turning rural Nova Scotia around, Boat Harbour, his activism to erase homophobia, and much more.
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Last night I finally got to see the stunning and heart wrenching NFB documentary Conviction. The documentary…
I am curious about how grassroots activism intersects with traditional politics, so with a federal election coming up I figured I do a couple of interviews with candidates, and ask my questions.
Here is the first interview, with Betsy MacDonald, who is running for the NDP in Central Nova. We talked with her about Boat Harbour, poverty, climate change, how activism shapes her views, and what to do about the many challenges people face in rural Nova Scotia.
El Jones: “Remember that this is Indigenous land. And those rights were extended to settlers by Indigenous people as we see in the Peace and Friendship treaties. That is what should govern this territory. We live on these lands in this spirit of extending help and support to those who come here, as the Mi’kmaq did. It is status that is illegal, it is not people that are illegal.”
There are no specific and formal qualifications to become a wildlife observer keeping an eye out for whales, turtles and other sensitive species while a seismic survey is being conducted.
More on the exciting Cuba conference happening in Halifax in a month or so. It’s free!
Today I went to Pictou to hear the Shawn Wade Hynes verdict. Hynes is the guy who shot a high velocity nail gun at young co-worker Nhlanhla Dlamini. I don’t think most white people understood how important a case it was for many in the African Nova Scotian community, nor the surprise and tremendous relief that was felt when Hynes was found guilty of criminal negligence and assault with a weapon.