Stephen McNeil Stephen McNeil twists in the wind – while Nova Scotians ramp up their demand for an inquiry, writes Judy Haiven.
“It is time to insist on our caring wisdom—our choice to become a province focused on eliminating decades—no centuries—of relational misogyny and misogyny within our institutions,” write Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald.
Richard Starr looks at premier Stephen McNeil’s governing style and sees a pattern: “McNeil needs a new raison d’être, and with remarkable dexterity he has found one with COVID-19, moving smartly from the manufactured fiscal crisis to the real crisis presented by the pandemic.”
Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald on the need for a provincial inquiry with a feminist lens focused on confronting the degrees of men’s violence, including femicides, inflicted against women. “An inquiry must stay local—be voiced locally—to extend healing support and provide a local say in re-designing a non-violent culture for our future.” TW: descriptions of misogynist torture and other acts of male violence against women and children.
Petition: “I respectfully demand a full, public inquiry into the Nova Scotia shootings; an inquiry centered around a feminist analysis. We will never put an end to something we refuse to see.”
Open letter signed by 33 Law Professors at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law urging the premier to hold a public inquiry into the horrifying events in central Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19. “In a modern democracy committed to state accountability, an internal investigation will not suffice.”
“This is what haunts us – the knowledge that women and children are trapped or captive in the safe at home COVID-19 directive, struggling to survive acts of violence that amounts to torture,” write Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald, co-founders of Persons Against Non-State Torture (NST). “How are we to care for all trapped in the shadow pandemic of violence against women and children that the COVID-19 pandemic has unsilenced?”
Judy Haiven looks at the similarities between two recent mass shootings in Nova Scotia. “The RCMP still speaks about “domestic violence” as a set of one-off incidents. It’s time that the public demand more from the RCMP when they deal with these horrible crimes against women and children.”
Robyn Bourgeois: “Addressing mass murder means taking a hard look at white masculinity and the normalization of violence. It requires that we refuse to dismiss mass murderers as mentally defective or a few “bad apples.” Instead, we must understand that the entire system of white masculinity is rotten. Because until we do, aggrieved white men will continue to commit mass murder and we will all continue to pay the price.”
Media release: Women’s Shelters Canada is asking for the RCMP and the federal government to acknowledge the gendered aspect of this weekend’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia.