Count me among the countless Nova Scotians happy to see the back of Eddie Cornwallis’s scraggy, statue-head as it was ignominiously carted off last week to some dank, secret storage depot somewhere, out of sight and — hopefully — out of mind. For at least a while. My satisfaction, I confess, had less to do...
News 1. Weather There’s weather today, with associated closures and delays. 2. The Cornwallis statue and our missing history museum “Halifax regional council will debate taking down the Cornwallis statue and putting it in storage after a last-minute addition to Tuesday’s agenda,” reports Zane Woodford for Metro: HRM staff is recommending the statue be taken […]
Broadcaster, writer and activist Desmond Cole is the special guest on this episode, and oh boy, does he have a story to tell. Many people know him from his 2015 article in Toronto Life magazine where he talked about being carded by police and harassed for no reason other than being black. Others know him […]
Historian Afua Cooper is on the show this week to talk about racism, slavery and Lord Dalhousie, the university’s namesake. She’s the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dal. She has a few things to say about the statues coming down. Plus, Tim and Terra discuss the latest rally at the Cornwallis […]
News 1. P3 schools The Department of Education issued this release yesterday: Government is exercising its contractual right to buy 10 P-3 schools from developers Nova Learning and Ashford Investment. The price for the schools is $49.3 million and this purchase represents the best value for Nova Scotia taxpayers. It is estimated that purchasing the […]
It’s been two weeks since the self-proclaimed Proud Boys disrupted an Indigenous ceremony at the statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax. In the meantime, the rocky relationship between the city and its Indigenous citizens has had a significantly higher profile, culminating in a planned protest on Saturday July 15 to finally have the offending statue removed. Joining […]
News 1. On Board the Eisenhower Despite my faithful participation in the No Harbour For War protests against the Halifax International Security Forum (thanks Peter McKay!) it turns out that I am not considered a security risk, and so I was invited to a reception to celebrate the “241st Anniversary of the Independence of the United […]
1. A Free Country Tim wrote yesterday about the controversy over the lyrics to the Stanfields’ song A Free Country. As Tim anticipated in the last line of his commentary, the coverage of the story invites accusations of “political correctness gone bad.” After all, the reaction is clearly ridiculous: an obviously satiric song written to criticize […]