Activism

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

Sexual Harassment: “Don’t Pay Any Attention to Him, He’s Harmless”

November 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

She was probably 18 years old, had moved to Sydney from Antigonish, and with a Grade 10 education, applied for what were called “domestic” jobs — maids or housekeepers — that offered not only work, but often a place to live. Luckily for her, she landed such a job withRead...

Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN, with the signed UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 7 July 2017.
(Photo: Clare Conboy)

Will Canada Follow Where ICAN Leads?

November 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

As was noted in Fast and Curious on October 6, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recognized for its “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts toRead More

NS Institution for Women, Truro, NS. (CBC Photo)

Letter to the Editor: Accessing Internet in Women’s Prisons

November 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Women’s Wellness Within is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer support to criminalized women and trans individuals who are pregnant or parenting young children. We advocate for access to housing, income, resources and healthcare. We are a collective of doulas, healthcare providers, lawyers, students, researchers and mentors. We have clearanceRead More

Female Deacons: Now or Never?

Female Deacons: Now or Never?

November 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Were you aware that St. Francis of Assisi was a deacon? He had never wanted to be ordained to the priesthood, and when he explained to those in charge exactly what he wanted to do, which was simply to serve the poor, he was advised that he should be ordainedRead More

MMIWG, Membertou Photo by Stephen Brake courtesy of Ku'ku'kwes News

MMIWG Coverage: Read Ku’ku’kwes News

November 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Maureen Googoo’s Ku’ku’kwes News, an “independent indigenous” online news organization, has been providing extensive coverage of the hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Membertou, Cape Breton, this week. In addition to live-blogging the sessions, which took place on Monday and Tuesday andRead More

Nothing Neutral About Quebec’s Bill 62

Nothing Neutral About Quebec’s Bill 62

October 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Quebec’s “religious neutrality” Bill 62 has passed the Quebec legislature and will come into effect immediately, although there are no specific guidelines for those who will have to enforce or administer said law, which, strangely enough, has neither penalties nor fines attached to it. Critics see the bill as aRead More

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

Checking In On Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

October 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

Earlier this year, the idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) was in the news, including in The Cape Breton Spectator where yours truly wrote about Ontario’s plan to “launch a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes forRead...

Mark Furey

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Mark Furey

October 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

Dear Minister Furey, Re: The Race to Restrict our Human Rights Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Law Amendments Committee heard from seven different presenters about the issues, problems, and limits of the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act (Bill 16). The new Act is meant to replace the outdated and especially restrictiveRead More

Friendship. (Photo by Rufino, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Ethicist: Ally, Role Model, Indifferent or Dementor?

October 11, 2017 at 11:49 am

I recently attended an ethics conference which addressed the question of how healthcare organizations and other social institutions should respond to cultural, religious, and sexual diversity in their patients, students and staff. One of the speakers was particularly interesting for me, because her talk was focused on ways in whichRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

No Cape Bretoners, please Halifax regional council has created an eight-member committee to consider the commemoration of Edward Cornwallis in the municipality. I can’t tell you who the members are because council has yet to make the names public, but if it heeded the advice of Councilor David Hendsbee ofRead More