Saturday, 23 March 2019

“Sobeys regrets that this matter has taken so long to come to a conclusion.” That’s the best Sobeys can come up with in terms of apology in a recent racial profiling case. By skillfully exploiting flaws in Human Rights legislation Sobeys almost got away with racism. Good thing Ms. Andrella David and the residents of Upper Hammonds Plains had other ideas.

There will be a large rally for diversity in the Town of Amherst tomorrow. George Baker, the racist councillor who used the ‘n’-word will not be the focus of the rally, but his behaviour definitely was a wake-up call.

This weekend’s video is a documentary / docudrama about Donald Marshall Jr, the Mi’kmaq youth convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. The most impressive part is how Donald Marshall Jr, one year before his death, talks about his 12 years in prison hell, his powerlessness during the criminal case, his anger at Nova Scotia’s racist police and judicial system.

HRM’s Municipal Operations unit is a bad place to work, especially if you’re Black, queer or a woman, says an independent consultant who reviewed the workplace for diversity and inclusion. African Nova Scotians experience harassment and racism, homophobia is a problem, and only 4 percent of the full time workforce are women. Ongoing cutbacks are part of the problem.