Joan Kuyek, one of this country’s most distinguished community organizers and analysts of the mining industry, will be in Nova Scotia this weekend to promote her new book, Unearthing justice: how to protect your community from the mining industry. In 1999, Kuyek co-founded MiningWatch Canada, and was its national coordinator until 2009. She has taught […]
It was a Saturday morning and Ellen Page was giving up some of what could have been a bit of down time to do a telephone interview about her forthcoming film on environmental racism in Nova Scotia, which will have its world debut this September at the Toronto International Film Festival. I was hammering her […]
News 1. Boat Harbour clean-up “Fifty-two years of toxic sludge — enough to fill 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools to the brim. That’s the clean-up job now in the late planning stages for Boat Harbour,” reports Jennifer Henderson: Boat Harbour is an expanse of stanky brown holding ponds or “lagoons” at an effluent treatment facility located […]
“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 […]
News 1. Cornwallis Two weeks ago, Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas read her poem “Not Perfect” before city council: The reading had two effects. The first was that councillor Shawn Cleary was moved to ask that Halifax council revisit the issue of renaming Cornwallis Street and removing the statue of Cornwallis in the south end. (Councillor […]
Nova Scotia needs nothing short of an Environmental Bill of Rights if it wants to ensure its citizens can drink clean water, breathe clean air, and hold their governments accountable to make polluters pay. That’s the position of a coalition of Nova Scotia environmental groups which celebrated Earth Day by unveiling an Environmental Bill of...
by Hilary Beaumont It’s a story that hits the heart, and that’s why he wants to tell it. Jonathan Beadle lost his cousin to cancer. They were like brothers. It was a rare kind of cancer. “They often say that to anyone who has fallen ill in my community,” Beadle says. His cousin had tumours...