News 1. Onslow fire hall shoot-up This item is written by Jennifer Henderson. Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is currently conducting an investigation to determine if criminal charges should be laid against two police officers who pulled up in front of the Onslow-Belmont fire hall at about 10:30 am on Sunday April 19. […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. How does COVID-19 impact vulnerable populations differently and why is a human rights response to the pandemic necessary? Those were questions explored during a Dalhousie University ‘Open Dialogue Live’ panel discussion on Thursday afternoon. The panelists included Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada’s secretary general, and […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. Organizers of an open letter from the Black community to Premier McNeil and Chief Medical Officer Robert Strang say that the letter has been vandalized with racist comments. The letter, which collected over 250 signatures in two days, calls for an apology for the […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.” It’s a rhetorical flourish that has gained wide purchase since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau uttered the phrase in his 2015 election victory speech. I’d wager that First Nations still lacking potable water in the face of a […]
News 1. Supported living This item is written by Tim Bousquet. In 2013, the Nova Scotia government accepted a report titled “Choice, Equality and Good Lives in Inclusive Communities: A Roadmap for Transforming the Nova Scotia Services to Persons with Disabilities Program.” That 56-page report clearly identified the reliance on large institutions to house people […]
News 1. Blackface Writes El Jones: When the furor over Trudeau’s Blackface photos dies down, to be referred to as an “embarrassing incident” or “controversial,” Black people like Abdilahi Elmi will still be facing deportation. Muslim Canadians will still be on the no-fly list. White nationalist editorials will still be commissioned by major newspapers under […]
“Until you do right by me, everything you think about is gonna crumble.” Voiced by Whoopi Goldberg in her role as Celie in the film adaptation of The Color Purple, the line has recently wafted, repeatedly, through my mind. To be sure, the thought has been prompted by the magnificent production of The Color Purple […]
On Sept. 25, the United Nations Human Rights Council discussed a report on Canada by its Working Group of Experts on Peoples of African Descent. The report, which shone its white-hot light on our country’s sordid history of slavery and racism in virtually every sphere of life — from education to justice to the environment...