Judy Haiven on the misogynist culture most recently exposed at Western University but found in Canadian universities anywhere. Here she looks at the culture in the context of Saint Mary’s University where she taught for 17 years.
Rain, the remnants of Hurricane Ida, is coming down in sheets in Halifax as I am reading the recent update by street navigator Eric Jonsson on people sleeping outside in Halifax. It makes for grim reading, especially today. A section on the harm caused by the recent evictions by force of the unhoused people living in tents and crisis shelters is particularly disconcerting.
Kendall Worth has been harassed online in the past, and he has had other issues as well. He finds Facebook falling short when it comes to shielding and supporting its users.
“There is no justice without disability justice.” Some 100 people gathered at Province House earlier today to remind the government (and voters) that the Liberal government did not meet its commitment to stop warehousing people who live with physical or developmental disabilities in institutionalized settings.
The Disability Rights Coalition and its allies will be holding a rally at noon on Friday, August 13th outside the Provincial Legislature. The rally will demand that whatever Party forms government end the warehousing of persons with disabilities in segregated institutions and provide support for all persons with disabilities to live with dignity in the community.
DIsabilities activist Vicky Levack gave Liberal leader Iain Rankin a piece of her mind last Sunday. There’s a stark contrast between what a video shows happened, and how the Liberals tweeted about it.
Martyn Williams writes to members of the Halifax Transportation Standing Committee who are discussing the annual road safety framework report today at 1pm. “The municipality is not experiencing a traffic flow or congestion crisis. It is experiencing a road safety crisis that is disproportionately affecting people who are most vulnerable.”
Gus Reed on Bill 59, the legislation that sets out to make Nova Scotia equitable, inclusive and diverse. So far it’s been more empty words than substance, Gus believes. “That’s why we need a seat at the table, not a place at the take-out window.”
A new report by the Disability Rights Coalition shows that earlier commitments to do away with large institutions and provide supports for community-based living are being abandoned. It’s not too late to turn things around though.
Media release: In 2013, the current government committed to closing institutions and providing community based living supports for all persons with disabilities within 10 years—by the end of 2023. With just over two years left, today’s DRC report makes clear that not only has progress toward inclusion been glacial but, in several respects, there has been serious back-sliding on the Province’s commitment.