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.
Amy Graves of the Get Prescription Drugs off the Street Society takes issue with the Province’s announcement that naloxone will not be available at no cost from pharmacies September 1st after all. “After almost 7 years of advocating for action on the opioid crisis positive changes have occurred, but far too slow and far too few. The clock keeps ticking and we need more action not more planning.
As policymakers talk Nova Scotians continue to die.”
Wishing happy birthday to Kukukwes.com, and a little bit about paywall alternatives. Walls aren’t nice, and neither are paywalls.
Check out this excellent six-minute video documentary introducing seven Nova Scotians addicted to opioids, as they explain how stigma and prejudice puts their lives at risk.
The City of Halifax is not following up on a recommendation around criminal record checks that would remove obstacles to hiring Black and Indigenous workers in its Municipal Operations Programs (MOPS) division. The policy hasn’t really changed, and the City’s employment website is as uninviting to people with even a trivial criminal record as it has always been..
Danny Cavanagh, the president of the NS Federation of Labour, offers a short and powerful statement against fascist violence, white supremacy, racism, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism. “Sisters and brothers, we cannot stay silent in the face of such hatred and we know that the future of our society and children are at stake if we don’t intensify our fight against discrimination, hatred and violence.”
Frequent contributor Lara Lewis sits down with talented actress Michelle Raine, to talk about It’s A Girl , a play she developed for the Halifax Fringe Festival, how she would like to take her work into the schools, and all kinds of other matters.
People manage their depression and anxiety in all kinds of different ways. Your cultural background plays a role in that, and whether you are poor or rich also matters. A study hopes to learn more about the different ways we deal with mental health issues, so that healthcare can become more accommodating. If you live in HRM you can help.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has encountered lots of obstacles, some of them self-inflicted. Here Delilah Saunders, sister of Loretta, explains why she continues to support the initiative. “My family and I will be in Halifax this coming October to testify and if it is delayed, then we’ll have to wait. I welcome delays and hiccups in the process if it means the Inquiry is done right and honours the Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and transgender loved ones we’ve lost.”
I went to yesterday’s Prisoners’ Justice Day event in the Halifax North End public library. Two full hours of information on prisons in Nova Scotia, not easy to summarize, and I am not even trying, to be honest. I just offer some fragments here, there is so much to learn.