Last night I attended an excellent panel discussion on the case for reparations to Black communities in Nova Scotia. It’s hard to write about these kinds of things, here is just some of what I heard.
Economists Michael Bradfield and James Sawler make the case for doing away with property taxes and replacing it with something more fair to everybody.
Alex Kronstein tackles what inclusive education should look like for autistic people. “By meaningfully engaging those who are under-represented and marginalized, it will be much easier to achieve full inclusion.”
Thoughtful presentation by Larry Haiven to an all-party committee reviewing a proposal to eliminate capped property assessments in Nova Scotia. “Our fear is that, allowed to run free, tax assessment based on the vagaries of the market could seriously damage a wonderful, diverse and still-affordable neighbourhood,” said Haiven.
The defacement of the well known Mi’kmaq billboard at the NS-NB border is not an isolated incident. Pockets of Nova Scotia’s social media are abuzz with anti-Indigenous sentiments and the likes of Rebel Media are fanning the flames.
Kendall catches up with the young woman from Beaverbank who is at Dalhousie University through the Career Seek program. Not all the changes she was hoping for actually happened so far.
In this of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh interviews Scott Beaver and Chris Hunter. Beaver is the president of the St. Mary’s River Association and Hunter is with the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and they talk about the NOPE Campaign — that stands for No Open Pit Excavation — against the proposed Cochrane Hill gold mine that would sit right next to the St. Mary’s.
Reporter Elizabeth Goodridge attended a flash mob and round dance in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en people at the Halifax Shopping Centre.
Letter: Postal workers were legislated back to work more than a year ago and have been without a contract for much longer. That’s wrong, writes Michael Keefe.
Raymond Sheppard meets with IWK officials after he and his grandson were kept waiting at the ER. “I felt and still feel, or should I say I know, that I was passed over because I am African Nova Scotian,” he writes.