Today at noon, while inside the Nova Scotia government convened the Legislature for a new session, the streets outside Province House filled with around a thousand angry workers, loudly demanding that the Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 148) be revoked.
A youth who has been held in what is effectively solitary confinement for a year should be returned to the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville, Justice Anne Derrick has recommended. But the final decision is up to the Department of Justice. And it looks like it may want to continue the status quo. This will compromise the young man’s treatment and rehabilitation, and negatively affect his fragile mental health, Justice Derrick says.
Kendall Worth on the need to raise the rates, and other demands now that the legislature will be sitting again on September 21.
It took a while, but with the hiring of criminologist Dr Scot Wortley the analysis of Halifax carding data can finally begin. I went to the Board of Police Commissioners to get the details, and for a bonus finally got to ask Chief Blais why police collected race-based stats for ten years, but in all that time never looked at them.
As part of its release of the 2016 census data Stats Canada publishes a series of thematic maps that shed light on where poor people live. What it shows is you that there are a lot more people living in poverty in rural Nova Scotia than in Halifax.
Members of the Benefits Reform Action Group (BRAG), anti-poverty activists with a focus on Nova Scotia’s heartless welfare regime, spent an entire day talking about strategy and big pictures.
How come real gains are made in the Fight for 15 elsewhere in Canada, but not in Nova Scotia? Does it have to be that way, and are there lessons to be learned both from earlier false starts here and successes elsewhere in Canada?
Judy Haiven wonders why a professional licensed massage therapist here in Halifax has to rely on dumpster diving for food. Meanwhile, it appears that the clinic’s franchisee does not have that problem.
Poverty activist Kendall Worth spoke fearlessly at the Halifax Labour Day celebrations. Here he talks about what that was like, and why it makes perfect sense to talk about social assistance and poverty at a Labour event.
Maybe the unions united in their opposition to the Liberal government’s anti labour stance should begin to think about action beyond the current strategy of legal appeals, lobbying and rallies