PSA: The team behind the Eastern Front Theatre Accessibility Project wants to speak with artists who have faced barriers in the Nova Scotia performing arts scene because of who they are.
As the lockdown continues many families who share a home with a person with a disability are no longer receiving respite services. This is causing all kinds of grief. James Piercey reports.
When Vicky Levack went searching for a census form she assumed missing she discovered Stats Can wants management of the nursing home where she resides to fill out the form on her behalf. “But I’m a citizen,” Levack told the census operator.“You don’t need to worry about it,” they replied.
Evelyn C. White on Abigail Was Here, a craft beer created by Chelsea Bundy, that pays homage to Abigail Price, a free Black woman who lived in Nova Scotia in the early 19th century. Bundy is the sole known Black woman brewer in Nova Scotia.
On this Mothers Day Mirinda Bray and Ashley Avery of the Coverdale Courtwork society describe how the Family Justice Program supports women and mothers who are navigating the family courts through child protection and custody matters, and mothers who are provincially incarcerated or criminalized. “I needed some good news and for once I finally got it. I got help getting a place thanks to Barry House and learned about Coverdale. Now I have reunited with my son and am so grateful,” writes a participant.
While it is important to spread the message of acceptance in terms of autism, it shouldn’t be reserved for only one month of the year, and there are right ways and wrong ways of doing so. An editorial by our intern James Piercey, a NSCC journalism student who is autistic and knows of what he speaks.
Supporters of Equity Watch rallied outside of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to urge the Commission to do its job. You read that right – what the demonstrators demanded was that the Commission do its job. Judy Haiven explains.
Coverdale Courtwork Society has announced that it will no longer be able to pay for hotel rooms for criminalized women and trans individuals who are exiting jails or who face homelessness for other reasons. That makes Coverdale yet another NGO which is no longer able to provide this crucial service to the population it serves. Just two days ago we reported that economic realities and a lack of provincial support were forcing Adsum for Women and Children to make a similar decision.
Judy Haiven: It seems people who use wheelchairs or walkers are not as welcome as dogs are on Halifax patios. While dogs are permitted to drink water on the decks, Gerry Post, a wheelchair user and disability rights advocate said, “I’d probably have to restrict myself to one beer because I can’t go to the bathroom.”
Media release: On April 2, news broke of a video, apparently taken by a corrections officer and posted on the social media site snapchat. The video shows an imprisoned woman with an insulting, dehumanizing caption and refers to the woman as a person with diabetes. The video is an affront to the filmed woman’s dignity and rights to privacy and confidentiality. It also raises grave concerns about the clinical care that prisoners are receiving at CNSCF, the responsibility of NS Health, and of how their health care needs are perceived by correctional staff employed by the Department of Justice.