We protest, we write letters to members of parliament, we picket, but often we don’t really think it’s going to change things in a real sense. Well, think again, activism was a major force behind the demise of Goldboro LNG.
Raymond Sheppard: It amazes me that in this so-called enlightened year of 2021, broadcasting stations in Canada can be so insensitive to people of African descent.
Abbie Lepage: “Representation matters. If you can see it, you can be it. So why is it that despite health professionals widely agreeing about the importance of breast feeding representations of breastfeeding in the local media are so scarce?”
Larry Haiven on when a raise isn’t a raise, the journalists who fall for it, and what made us lower our expectations so drastically that we now accept cuts to our incomes and becoming poorer as our lot in life.
After days of pressure from the African Nova Scotian community the Chronicle Herald made some changes to its story on boxer Jaye Byard . The story contained many anti-Black stereotypes.
The CBC needs to commit to all voices of Canada, not just those with Eurocentric privilege. This year of 2020, should be the year that CBC dismantles the old guard and truly embraces proactive positive change that solidly respects African Canadians and First Nations.
The CBC generates revenue but is mostly funded by tax paying Canadians, including African Canadians. Nonetheless, the CBC has no national programs hosted by an African Canadian that deals with African Canadian culture, heritage and lineage. In fact, the CBC has only a handful of African Canadians employed across Canada, and even fewer in Atlantic Canada.
This week the Herald demoted Scott Taylor’s column about all things military from appearing in print in the newspaper, to being only online. It’s part of a trend, writes Judy Haiven.
Larry Haiven takes a closer look at the dispute between the Crown Attorneys and the government. “The Premier and the attorney general are spreading key misconceptions, fed by the public’s (and the media’s) unfamiliarity with the process and economics of collective bargaining. To be sure, these matters can be complicated. But that’s no excuse,” he writes.
The Local Xpress, run by striking newsroom workers, is doing very well, thank you. The news website keeps journalists, photographers and editors busy and has become a real thorn in the side of the scabby Chronicle Herald. Originally published in RankandFile.ca.