Monday, 20 August 2018

Poet and writer Joanne Bealy on moving to Nova Scotia: “Within the white community I have seen some crazy doubling down: public silence combined with a privileged kind of outspokenness, a white on white outspokenness wherein a caucasian speaker just assumes that any other caucasian agrees with them.”

In an open letter, released this Wednesday, 200 academic researchers are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nalcor, to immediately stop work on the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador. The letter cites a lack of Indigenous consent, concerns about safety, and the risk of mercury poisoning as reasons for the demand. Nova Scotians have their own textbook-colonial relationship with the project, as the province stands to benefit through the Maritime Link, yet remains blind to its complicity in the cultural genocide and the destruction of traditional lands and food sources.

A dispute about garbage in a Halifax park very quickly degenerates into a hateful diatribe full of racist and Islamophobic tropes. In Nova Scotia we have been spared the headline-producing Islamophobia we have seen elsewhere in Canada, for now. But it’s here, just below the surface.  

Evelyn C. White reflects on a visit to the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown. “The full sweep of my thoughts on the matter have yet to unfold. But I believe that everything happens for a reason; that in a province burdened with horrific racial strife, the stark shadow of a pit “house” against the recent burst of hipster eateries in Halifax is worthy of examination. There is merit in the enterprise.”