Stereotypes, ignorance and bias are very much part of the way many of Nova Scotia’s reporters tell the stories of African Nova Scotians, Mi’kmaq people and immigrants. By and large that was the consensus that emerged during a well-attended panel discussion at the University of King’s College last Friday.
The Passage, a poem from And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, a collection of poetry by writer and filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton. Because it is the start of African Heritage Month, and because it is beautiful.
The line-up for this year’s Mayworks Halifax will be revealed this Monday at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. We get a tiny little bit of a preview from festival director Sébastien Labelle, and also learn about the launch of a beautiful set of social justice trading cards, chewing gum included. Get them all!
This April people on minimum wage will get a 15 cents raise. Let’s party!
When you’re poor there are few places you can go to for socializing and fighting loneliness in the evenings and on weekends. Cup of coffee? Not if it comes out of your tiny food budget. The bar scene? Way too expensive and not suitable for many. A movie? Out of the question. So what to do?
Community Services budget numbers back up what a lot of people on social assistance and poverty advocates have been saying for years. The department is cutting back on bus passes and other travel expenses.
Today was the sad anniversary of the Chronicle Herald strike. Newsroom workers and supporters are as determined as ever to get a fair deal. “We are not going to cave in. This is about quality journalism and quality jobs, and if we want that we need to fight for it.”
Erin Wunker, professor at Acadia University ,and author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy, speaks at yesterday’s Women’s March rally in Halifax. “What language do we use to refuse what is and imagine what could be?”
Lots of great speeches at yesterday’s Women’s March rally in Halifax. I thought Ardath Whynacht made some very insightful points for the long haul. “If we admit that the structures of state violence tend to replicate themselves in the ways we treat each other, than we need to turn that backwards and treat each other better.”
Black activists write a letter asking that carding be stopped, and nobody in power wants to talk about it. No way, says the chief of police. Can’t have politicians telling the police what to do, says Stephen McNeil. “Fix the tool, don’t throw out the toolbox,” says mayor Savage.