PSA: Some individuals that have experienced this nightmare will be speaking on the failures and shortcomings on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10 a.m., during a BLACK HUMAN RIGHTS MATTER Rally that will be held on Spring Garden Road in Halifax out in from of the NSHRC offices located at 5657 Spring Garden Road.
Neither alumnae, students, faculty or staff think firing popular NSCAD president Aoife Mac Namara was the right thing to do. However, members of the NSCAD Board of Directors, corporate types mostly, with no real connection to the arts community, fired her anyways, for reasons they never divulged.
Annie Bernard Daisley: “You have treated our lives as though we are disposable, that we do not matter. Our lives come and go to you. We are just a number. You took from us and you still do. You do it quietly and secretly. You hide behind inquiries, you hide behind the police force, you hide behind a “knife”, you hide your hate. But we see and feel it.”
The DPAD Coalition has created a petition requesting the House of Commons and Canada formally recognize their active role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its legacy and apologize to Black Canadians.
On August 2, Roma activists and allies across Canada are commemorating Romani and Sinti Genocide Day. First recognized by Canada in 2018, the day recognizes the genocide of Roma people during the Holocaust. Roma activists have organized a panel which will be streamed live on Facebook at 11ET.
In the early hours of Tuesday July 28, 2020 Kayla Borden was racially profiled, pulled over, and arrested without cause by the Halifax Regional Police. Women’s Wellness Within is demanding an end to anti-Black systemic racism inflicted by law enforcement in Halifax.
I remember being taken aback when I first arrived in Nova Scotia a long time ago, reading the full names and addresses of people involved in the criminal justice system in the newspapers. In Holland, where I was born, identities of accused and even convicted people are never published. If it were up to me Canada would follow the dutch example, but I realize that’s asking for a huge change. That said, I would love to see a discussion about those cases where people are merely charged with a crime. Do we really need to know their names?
Raymond Sheppard: “If you have been racially hurt, either physically or mentally, and feel you have been wronged by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC), you are not alone. There are many people like you across Nova Scotia. The NSHRC is a most powerful entity, but changes are warranted and must be made.”
We talk with Tari Ajadi, a member of the NS Policing Policy Working Group, about a proposal by Halifax Councillor Waye Mason to look into moving some tasks currently done by Halifax Regional Police to civilian services.
Photos of a truck flying the confederate flag, taken yesterday in Wolfville and posted on Twitter today, serve as a reminder that racism is alive and well in Nova Scotia.