Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Scott Neigh’s weekly podcast is a wonderful thing, and Scott is a kind man who always allows us to share an interview whenever the topic has a Nova Scotia relevance. Here he speaks with North Preston and Nort End community activist LaMeia Reddick, and Ted Rutland, author of Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax, a must-read for anybody interested in urban planning and / or the history of the struggle against racism in Halifax. It’s a book I simply can’t recommend enough.

A new CCPA report takes a very close look at the sad picture of child poverty in Halifax. It contains information you likely didn’t know about your community or neighborhood. For instance, Spryfield has a child poverty rate of 40%, and in rural Nova Scotia North Preston (40%), East Preston (38.9), and Sheet Harbour (26.1%) lead the pack. Meanwhile, Fall RIver has a child poverty rate of a mere 3.9%.

Meet Elaine Cain, a North Preston resident who owns land in her community but doesn’t have a deed. She was born on the land she claims, and her father wants nothing more than for her to have it, but a lengthy and expensive legal process and an uncaring bureaucracy are major stumbling blocks. “First of all, that’s where I was born, on that property,” says Cain. “Ever since, that property has been part of me. As long as I am alive, that’s going to be alive for me.”

The following is a statement by Solidarity Halifax, issued after election signs in North Preston were defaced by one or more racists. It was widely reported, but the journalists moved on, and until now no non-Black organization has condemned these despicable actions. Glad we have Solidarity Halifax to remind us that “we need to be mindful of what is happening right here in our backyards. We need to denounce outright expressions of hatred.”

A popular elementary school teacher in North Preston was recently fired for unknown reasons, and last week a group of parents rallied at the school board offices in Burnside to express their displeasure. Now an impressive video by former student Kardeisha Provo adds the voices of several former students to those of the parents. The students have nothing but praise for her.

This weekend’s video is about North Preston resident Vicky Simmons and her fervent wish to gain title to her family’s land. It’s part of a larger project, “Untitled, the Legacy of Land in North Preston,”by a group of journalism, television and radio students at the Nova Scotia Community College. Check out the video, and don’t forget to check out the students’ project website as well.