Media release: Haligonians are joining the growing movement in support of Lucy Francineth Granados, a Montreal-based community organizer who was arrested, detained and faces the threat of being deported on Tuesday, March 27th.
In an uplifting display of solidarity some 50 people, trade union activists, members of the faith community, and others, gathered in front of Founders Square in downtown Halifax at noon today to offer support to the seven Black cleaners who were recently unjustly fired, as if their lives don’t count.
The Department of Education will no longer meet with CFS-NS representatives because it didn’t like a Coast op-ed written by its Chairperson, Aidan McNally. The editorial was critical of the government’s unwillingness to deal with sexual violence on campus. “It is our responsibility to hold elected governments accountable to students, not to placate them. If we are doing the latter, we are not serving our members’ interests. The decision of this government to shut students out of representative spaces due to criticism is unacceptable,” writes the CFS-NS provincial executive committee in an open letter.
The Armour Group, property managers of Founders Square, have pointed to poor service to justify the termination of the janitorial services contract with GDI, causing the layoff of seven Black janitors. This Saturday Robert Wright, a tenant of the building, wrote a letter to set the record straight. “I have been in that building for several years and have never had occasion to complain about the state of cleanliness in the mornings.” Wright wants both the Armour Group as well as one of its main tenants, the Province of Nova Scotia, to right this wrong.
A video entiltled Africentric Math Cohort isn’t really clickbait, and I am not sure why I clicked it. But I am glad I did. We’ve heard a lot lately about the politics of education, and most of it pretty depressing really. It’s time for a little reminder of some of the great work happening at our schools right now.
The government’s decision, to not strengthen family life for vulnerable children and youth through core investments, will significantly impact our province’s child protective services, writes Alec Stratford, executive director of the NS College of Social Workers in this excellent piece on this week’s provincial budget.
We had a long chat with Colin Sproul, spokesperson for the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, about the risks of offshore drilling , why we should care about something so (relatively) distant, and how to get Nova Scotians to realize what’s at stake.
Don’t like carding in Nova Scotia? You can print a petition, and collect signatures as you go about your day.
This year’s provincial budget does very little for people on income assistance. The government keeps Income assistance rates the same, while it offers a few crumbs to point to when criticized.
A story I wrote in 2014, in my Halifax Media Co-op days, but sadly still relevant as BP will start exploratory drilling this spring or summer. I attended the Halifax town hall meeting last night, there will probably be more on this in the NS Advocate in the next little while. Meanwhile, read about corexit as the first line of defense against oil spills, and be afraid. Be very afraid.