Media release: Friends of Halifax Common are at Law Amendments to ask that the Nova Scotia Legislature not to approve legislation to permit new building on the Central Common for HRM’s proposed Aquatic Centre. A public consultation process for the Common Master Plan begun in December 2017 has never come back to the citizens for final input and approval.
The Dalhousie University Board of Governors is once again trying to bully workers into surrendering parts of their retirement benefits.
The Nova Scotia Advocate has always been honoured to publish the amazing writing of Angela Bowden. We did a long interview to mark the publication of her first poetry collection, Unspoken Truth. In the interview we explore some of the themes of her book, and how growing up Black in New Glasgow shaped her and helped her recognize the deeply traumatic impact of racism on generations of Black Nova Scotians.
Good news! The Out of the Cold shelter, which was set to close at the end of April, will be able to stay open until June 30th, thanks to some federal funding and a landlord willing to extend the lease until then. Of course Out of the Cold will face the same problem again come July. We speak with Out of the Cold’s executive director Michelle Mallette about what needs to happen.
Some 60 Mi’kmaq and allies gathered last evening at the Halifax Regional Police HQ on Gottingen Street to remember and honour Eishia Hudson, who was murdered by Winnipeg police one year ago. Eishia was just 16 years old when she died. Last night’s memorial in Halifax, one of four such events Canada-wide, was a sad and moving but also an angry event.
An open letter to Minister Zach Churchill of Health and Wellness asks that the province remove barriers that may stop migrant workers with temporary status, refugee claimants, and others with precarious legal status from accessing a COVID-19 vaccine. We speak with two of the letter’s authors. They’re not asking for much, but small changes would make a huge difference, they say.
Coverdale Courtwork Society has announced that it will no longer be able to pay for hotel rooms for criminalized women and trans individuals who are exiting jails or who face homelessness for other reasons. That makes Coverdale yet another NGO which is no longer able to provide this crucial service to the population it serves. Just two days ago we reported that economic realities and a lack of provincial support were forcing Adsum for Women and Children to make a similar decision.
Over the last three months or so Adsum for Women and Children has spent some $50,000 on hotel rooms for people needing emergency shelter. That’s something the organization can no longer sustain, at least not at the current rate, says Sheri Lecker, Adsum’s executive director.
In March several outreach workers did a rough sleeping survey in urban HRM. We speak with outreach worker Eric Jonsson about what the numbers tell us.
Yesterday some 100 folks gathered in front of Halifax Regional Police headquarters on Gottingen Street despite heavy rain, angered by yet more racist behaviour by Halifax Regional Police.