News release: “Support staff in schools across Nova Scotia are concerned that restructuring school boards will create unstable labour relations, much like what we’ve seen happen to our health care system,” says Nan McFadgen, president of CUPE Nova Scotia. “They feel this will also negatively impact quality of education for students.”
News release by Alton Gas water protectors: “Sipekne’katik/Fort Ellis — Alton Gas has posted signs outside the Treaty Camp at the Shubenacadie River naming water protectors on site as trespassers and criminals. Grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors have been holding down a protection camp at the Shubenacadie River for nine months to prevent Alton Gas from dumping thousands of tons of salt brine into the sacred river every day. They are outraged by Alton Gas’ bully tactics and intent to resume work on the project without allowing Sipekne’katik to complete its community consultation process.”
Abolishing locally elected school board trustees in favour of government appointees is a threat to democracy and to the right of representation. It completely removes the local voice in education, states the Canadian School Boards Association in this news release.
News release: Concerned social workers in Nova Scotia have launched a social media campaign to engage Nova Scotians and bring awareness to the significant stressors that the province’s child protective system is facing. “The current system is being stretched so thin and children are falling through the cracks. Child protection social workers continue to see high caseloads that are increasingly complex. This challenges the quality of case management and increases the risk to vulnerable children and families.”
Announcing this Thursday’s founding meeting of Equity Watch, an organization that aims to keep employers like HRM and watch dogs like the NS Human Rights Commission honest.
News release by the Halifax-Dartmouth & DIstrict Labour Council re today’s Fight for $15 & Fairness rally in front of the Central Library
Media release by the Council of Canadians on renewed industry efforts to do away with the ban on fracking in Nova Scotia. “It is as if they don’t realize that the fracking, salt cavern gas storage, and mining they are talking about is on unceded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaq territory. Territory for which we as Mi’kmaq Peoples have the inherent Title. Instead of having entire liberty in trade to our best advantage, as is written in our treaties,: we are having our resources stolen and our land poisoned, then being blamed for our own poverty,” said Rebecca Moore.
News release issued by the Offshore Alliance: The federal government plans to break their promise to “make environmental assessments credible again” by weakening federal offshore oil and gas regulations for oceans off Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Members of a mental health and addiction peer support group here in Halifax are worried about wait times and the lack of client-centered supports. The position of Senior Director for Mental Health and Addictions becoming vacant offers an opportunity to do better than last time, their open letter states.
News release: A coalition of groups and citizens is raising the alarm about reopening the fracking moratorium following the Nova Scotia Department of Energy’s under-the-radar release of their Onshore Petroleum Atlas.