El Jones. Photo: Halifax Examiner

Last week saw a contentious public forum featuring Halifax police chief Jean-Michel Blais. The forum, held at the North Branch library, was meant to address recently-released data that showed that Black Haligonians are subject to street checks at three times the rate of whites. While the intention of the meeting was ostensibly to mend fences, it went quickly off the rails – to put it mildly.

Former poet laureate and Halifax Examiner columnist El Jones was at the meeting and joins us to discuss what went down.

Plus, the Cornwallis Baptist church will soon become the Cornwallis Baptist Church, city council pushed Armco development‘s proposed 20-storey apartment building (aka. ‘the student craphole of the future’) to a public hearing, and city staff released a report recommending public consultation on campaign finance reform.

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