A Black mother of students at Admiral Westphal Elementary in Dartmouth is raising concerns about the school’s handling of ongoing instances of racist bullying at the school that resulted in one of her children being called the N-word by a white classmate. She said she repeatedly tried to address the issue with the school. When […]
Cst. Andrew Joudrey testified on Day 3 of the appeal hearing into Kayla Borden’s complaints towards constables Scott Martin and Jason Meisner of the Halifax Regional Police. Joudrey was one of the officers on the scene July 28, 2020, the night Borden’s car was mistaken for a different coloured car driven by a white man. […]
“Who are you when the world is not looking at you? What do you fight for even if it seems nobody is paying attention?” These were questions posed by African Nova Scotian activist Lynn Jones to the graduating class of Mount Saint Vincent University at their convocation ceremony last week. Jones received an honourary doctorate […]
1. Premier Tim Houston fires staffer over racist comments Last week, Premier Tim Houston learned that a staffer in the Department of Justice made comments on the social media about Angela Simmonds, the Liberal MLA for Preston. The staffer, who had recently been in meetings with Simmonds in her role as justice critic, allegedly said […]
The news late last week that a Tory staffer had been fired for making racist comments about Liberal MLA Angela Simmonds is interesting on a number of levels. First, of course, is that it happened at all. Not that the racist comments were made. But that they had consequences. Apparently, the unidentified staffer, who worked...
It was two years ago this month that Raymond Sheppard first wrote in the former Nova Scotia Advocate about the role racism played in the case of his younger cousin, Lionel Desmond, who, in 2017, killed his wife, Shanna, mother, Brenda, and 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, before killing himself. Desmond who served in the Canadian Armed […]
So, let’s begin this history lesson somewhere in the murky middle muddle, way back in 1994 when a fresh-faced Liberal government led by Dr. John Savage began the process of regionalizing Nova Scotia’s local health authorities because… well, because everyone else was doing it, and because some experts said it would save money. Then fast...
A record number of four Black MLAs have been elected to the Nova Scotia legislature. For the Liberals, incumbent Tony Ince and newcomers Angela Simmonds and Ali Duale were elected in the 41st provincial election that saw Tim Houston’s PC’s win a majority government. NDP newcomer Suzy Hansen won in the riding of Halifax Needham. […]
A blackface effigy on a property outside Parrsboro has been removed after concerns were raised by African Nova Scotians and Cumberland-Colchester MP Lenore Zann. The figure referenced traditional minstrel show symbols including the white glove and painted features exaggerating the lips and staring eyes. These elements of blackface costuming were intended to exaggerate African features […]
“There’s something happening here,” Stephen Stills once wrote. “What it is ain’t exactly clear.” Here in this case is inside the traditionally somnambulant corridors of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the august and privileged self-governing body, which “regulates Nova Scotia’s legal profession… [and exists] to uphold and protect public interest in the practice of...