Historical sexual harassment on Sable Island

Then, on the finish of the presser, McNeil doubles down: “There are these on the market who thrive on the unfavorable, who misinform to go well with their very own functions and warp the info to divide us. Let’s not let that occur.” That begins at 30:24:



Take into consideration that. A employee is ASSAULTED, and the premier’s response is to assault the union.

2. My title is Demario Chambers. I’m the 15-year-old who was beat up by the cops on the mall in Bedford. That is my story.

Demario Chambers

We’ve heard what occurred to Demario Chambers in February this yr. Now, we get to listen to who Chambers is. Chambers tells us how when he was youthful he needed to be a police officer. He considered cops as heroes.

However as I acquired even older, I noticed what the cops had been doing to individuals who seem like me and it wasn’t proper. And even nonetheless I needed to be one resulting from the truth that I needed to make a change on the earth. However that evening and what these cops who’re purported to serve and shield did to me ruined any hope I ever had of being a cop.

We study extra about Chambers past what occurred that evening.

So let me inform you who I actually am. My favorite topic is math. I write my very personal music. I’ve discovered that helps me rather a lot. I get all my inspiration from what I’ve been via in my life, and simply day after day dwelling and development. Lots of people judged me from that day saying that I used to be only a disrespectful baby who was speaking again to the police to get a response, however that’s so removed from the reality. My dad and mom raised me to have manners and respect and to be happy with who I’m.

Learn the total story here. 

3. Not satire: Halifax police board to contemplate appointing committee to outline defunding

Zane Woodford reports on the Halifax police board meeting the place the board was to debate defunding police, however as a substitute they voted to debate appointing a committee to outline what defunding the police means. Acquired that?

At Thursday’s assembly, Public Security Advisor Amy Siciliano and Youth Advocate Program supervisor DeRico Symonds gave a presentation to the board on defunding the police. Right here’s a slide from the presentation:

The presentation included a definition of defunding: “Reallocating cash from Police and reinvesting into: Psychological well being helps, training, social providers, housing, prevention programming, anti-racist training, meals safety and options to policing.”

Then there was a controversial late addition to the assembly’s agenda:

That the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners undertake a definition of defunding the police that helps a job for policing in HRM that features:

  • Police performing policing features
  • Acceptable sources to carry out non-police features
  • Funding in sources which were confirmed to help neighborhood dangers and promote crime prevention.

The movement wasn’t seconded, however Commissioner Carole McDougall put ahead an alternate movement that the board would appoint a neighborhood advisory committee to outline defunding.

Oh, and board commissioner Carlos Beals and Councillor Tony Mancini acquired right into a debate of their very own.

Learn the total story here.

4. Jap Passage man killed by police

Anjuli Patil at CBC reports on a man in Eastern Passage who was killed by police Thursday evening.

Police responded to a house within the space the place the 60-year-old man was discovered armed with a firearm.

In a information launch, RCMP stated, “After a short while, the person raised his handgun in the direction of the responding officers. Responding officers discharged their firearms. EHS attended and the person was pronounced deceased on the scene.

SiRT is investigating.

5. The NSHA’s STI clinic is closed. What does that imply for individuals who want testing?

The Halifax Examiner is offering all COVID-19 protection at no cost.

Rene Ross. Photograph: Contributed

The Nova Scotia Wholesome Authority’s STI and STD clinic is closed, so Philip Moscovitch talks with a couple of experts on sexual health and what meaning for Nova Scotians on the lookout for testing. Moscovitch talks with Rene Ross,  govt director of the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County, in Amherst. She says the federal government hasn’t made sexual well being a precedence and far of the workload for testing is being put onto the Halifax Sexual Well being Centre. Ross says getting examined for STIs is particularly difficult for these dwelling in rural communities throughout the province. Says Ross:

In the event you come to Cumberland County and you’ve got a household physician and also you need to get examined for STIs, the physician right here might do considered one of a few issues. Almost definitely they’re going to only offer you a lab requisition and you then’re going to go to Amherst… as a result of that’s the place the lab is for the entire county. Now, what was stunning to me was I knew that any person that acquired an STI check at a walk-in clinic final yr, and often for an individual with a vagina, they might get swabbed on the physician and the physician would move that off. However in some locations within the county, they’ll truly offer you your swabs and you’ll take them house, and you’ll swab your self, and you then’ll carry that specimen and your piece of paper to the lab on the Amherst hospital.

Garry Dart, the homosexual males’s well being coordinator on the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, says there must be extra choices, together with in rural areas.

We’d like extra funding for rural testing websites as a result of proper now they’re in most locations non-existent or fully underfunded. We additionally want approval and funding for speedy checks which aren’t lined on this province or anyplace, basically within the Atlantic, in addition to house testing kits and having these house testing kits and in addition testing obtainable in pharmacies. These are sort of some important top-level issues that we will do to make sexual well being a precedence and turn out to be a extra preventative system, and never only a reactive system for when folks have signs.

Learn the total story here.


Working moms hardest hit by the pandemic. So, the place are the dads?

Moms are paying the worth throughout this pandemic. Photograph: Unsplash

Sylvia Fuller, a professor of sociology on the College of British Columbia and Yue Qian, an assistant professor of sociology on the College of British Columbia, write in the Globe and Mail what most mothers across the country already know: this pandemic is hurting Canada’s working moms. Fuller and Qian write that when the pandemic hit, some folks seemingly thought that the work of childcare and taking good care of the house can be extra equitable.

Statistics Canada’s Labour Drive survey, nevertheless, suggests in any other case. In our paper in Canadian Public Coverage, we examined tendencies amongst those that had been employed (or had been not too long ago) when the pandemic hit, revealing which Canadians misplaced their jobs – the worst-case situation – both as a result of their employer laid them off or as a result of they needed to stop within the face of untenable caregiving duties. And it seems that moms have been hit a lot tougher by the pandemic.

This was very true for fogeys of elementary school-aged youngsters (between 6 and 12). In February, moms’ employment had trailed fathers’ by just one share level, however by Might, that hole had doubled amongst dad and mom of preschoolers and multiplied seven occasions amongst dad and mom of elementary-school-aged youngsters. If the closing of child-care centres was unhealthy for gender fairness in employment, homeschooling has been a killer.

We additionally discovered gender inequality elevated extra amongst less-educated dad and mom. Extremely educated staff, who often take pleasure in larger job flexibility, seem to have been extra capable of juggle baby care, education and employment – and whereas it was certainly exhausting, it didn’t push extra moms than fathers of preschool-aged youngsters out of their jobs altogether. (For these with school-aged youngsters, the hole existed, however grew a lot lower than for these with much less training.) However jobs sometimes held by working-class ladies – retail, hospitality, eating places – had been hit exhausting, and even once they remained obtainable, they weren’t simply mixed with watching youngsters. You may’t carry your baby alongside to the shop the place you’re employed as a cashier, in any case. With no faculty, no baby care and no choice to juggle at house, somebody needed to step again from their job – and principally, it was moms. Amongst these with a high-school training or much less, the employment hole between fathers and moms with school-aged kids widened greater than 10 occasions, reaching 16.eight share factors by Might.

I spoke with a few working moms on Thursday. Ronit Milo lives in Dartmouth along with her husband and seven-year-old son. She says the previous couple of months have been difficult and exhausting, though there have been good occasions exploring the neighbourhood and taking part in board video games collectively. She and her husband have been working from house through the pandemic, however she goes into her workplace a few days per week. They cut up the family chores with him doing the cooking and grocery procuring. Milo says she has a break of some hours in the course of the day, so she’s been serving to their son with education, however she says her son has struggled.

The most important problem was my son not having the social facet of college. He’s a really social child, however he additionally thrives at school when he’s working in individual with the lecturers. The training on-line was actually exhausting. As a result of he missed his mates, he turned unhappy about all of the adjustments that had been occurring and having to continually watch out after we had been strolling the streets and passing folks. I believe that took a toll on him. He was very unhappy for some time. Now issues are higher and he can exit extra and work together with folks. He’s a lot happier.

We are able to’t have any distractions in our work or we’re not capable of cease and begin steadily. We, sadly, needed to rely rather a lot on display screen time after we had been working. There have been no breaks. It was fixed work and childcare, 24-7.

Milo says each of their households are in Montreal, however they did bubble with some mates. Now that it’s summer time, the teenage daughter of a neighbour helps with childcare. Milo additionally signed her son up for some summer time camps. The household is heading out on a much-needed trip elsewhere within the province in the present day.

Milo says she’s attempting to organize a plan for the varsity yr, though she says she hopes faculty goes again to class full time.

We positively can’t return to how issues had been earlier than. We might rent a tutor. I do know somebody who’s attempting to arrange with dad and mom to provide you with some resolution. I don’t know what that appears like, however we’re planning a digital assembly to debate choices to serving to one another out, some type of guardian co-op the place we assist one another with completely different topic issues. The net studying isn’t working for my son. If the colleges shut once more when now we have a second wave, I don’t understand how he’s going to have the sort of instructional expertise he wants.

Kelly, who didn’t need to use her actual title, is a single mother to a six-year-old daughter. She does have a co-parenting association along with her daughter’s father. She says the most important problem has been childcare. She says the supervisors at work have kids, too, and are very understanding.

Her scenario is best now. The mom of her daughter’s greatest good friend can be a single mother. They’re serving to one another out with childcare, to allow them to every work half time.

Kelly, who comes from a household of lecturers and was a culinary trainer herself, says she did as a lot as she might in instructing her daughter. She taught her some gardening abilities. This week, they created an impediment course on the sidewalk within the neighbourhood.

I did what I might. I discovered some apps we proceed to make use of.

Thursday was a little bit of a break for Kelly, though she was catching up on some paperwork.

I’ve no time for myself. There’s by no means a second of respite.

She says she’s observed the gender divide in parenting.

I believe I used to be conscious of it anyway. I discover this province very misogynistic. To me the Liberals act like each baby within the province has two dad and mom at house, a few canine, two automobiles. All the ladies are selecting up the items.

Like Milo, she’s hoping youngsters will return to class this September.

I don’t suppose there shall be faculty in full-time capability. However that’s a guess. It shouldn’t be a guessing sport in relation to your kids’s rights. The federal government and the varsity board have to be extra clear about any plans they’ve in motion. It’s inflicting anxiousness for fogeys when it doesn’t need to. Somebody, someplace has an thought. You would put folks’s thoughts comfy a bit of bit. The individuals who have that data are clearly aren’t affected by the withholding of that data.

And the dad and mom of children with particular wants. What are they going to do?

Kerry Clare at Chatelaine says there are voices we’re not listening to in these discussions: the fathers’.

Change is feasible. It’s turn out to be regular, for instance, for Canadian fathers to take parental depart: 30 percent of new fathers filed for Employment Insurance coverage in 2015, in keeping with Statistics Canada, versus simply three percent in 2000. This has compelled employers to adapt. In my family, we’re lucky that my husband’s employer has lengthy accommodated the calls for of household life.

So how would issues change for ladies if extra employers turned so accommodating, pushed partially by fathers demanding flexibility in order that their wives can keep within the workforce with their heads above water? In March of this yr, after we all began working from house, my husband was the one who spearheaded our youngsters’ homeschooling efforts whereas doing his personal work, as a result of I used to be busier on the time—and in addition he was higher at it than I used to be. The work I do doesn’t matter much less simply because he makes more cash.

That heterosexual males are inclined to earn greater incomes than their feminine companions is the same old excuse for why they’re much less invested within the present challenges of household life—but it surely’s actually not a great one. Actually, males’s still-higher incomes makes the necessity for his or her calls for all of the extra highly effective. Think about the enterprise of Bay Road (from its distant work-from-home places) dropped at a halt by the employees with essentially the most company and clout. Think about middle-class males recognizing and utilizing the burden of their decisions and voices, wielding their energy to make a distinction.

I’m seeing plenty of ladies discuss this on Twitter. Some have stated their conditions “aren’t fairly” and will not be going “tremendous nicely.” I’m fortunate as a result of my 17-year-old can examine independently, for essentially the most half, though she misses the social facet of college.

So, what’s the plan? The primary day of college is lower than two months away …


Captain Joseph Darby’s map of the Isle of Sable ready for His Excelllency, Lieutenant Basic Sir James Saved. The archives has a volunteer transcription program now that enables folks to transcribe historic paperwork, together with these from the early historical past of Sable Island. Photograph: Nova Scotia Archives

Graham Steele shared this story on Fb on Thursday. Steele wrote that he’s volunteering to transcribe paperwork in collections on the Nova Scotia Archives. You may study in regards to the transcribing course of here.

Steele’s engaged on paperwork within the Footprints in the Sand: Pre-1867 Government Documents for Sable Island. Right here’s what Steele says in regards to the doc he was engaged on yesterday:

When transcribing Sable Island paperwork for the Nova Scotia Archives, I got here throughout this report of what in the present day we’d name sexual harassment.

It significantly struck me as a result of, of all of the a whole lot of Sable Island paperwork I’ve seen, it’s the one one within the voice of a lady. In the course of the interval of “the Institution” (everlasting settlement) within the early 19th century, there have been quite a lot of ladies on the Island. Some had been spouses of employees, some had been employed as cooks, and naturally a few of the shipwrecked passengers had been ladies. Maybe essentially the most well-known customer was Dorothea Dix, an American humanitarian who ensured the Island was correctly geared up with fashionable lifeboats.]

However the archive paperwork are all written by males: governors, superintendents, officers, ship captains. The next doc is the one exception I’ve seen: a report of proof given by Isabel Humphrey at an inquiry.

Now right here’s the textual content Steele transcribed:

Investigation held on Sable Island by M. Munro Esq. as Chairman and Andrew McKinlay Esq. as Commissioner of Board of Works 25th August 1862 relative to sure expenses most popular towards P.S. Dodd Esq. resident Superintendent, by Mrs John Humphrey, who being first examined made the next assertion.

Within the Summer season of 1861, the Superintendent, Mr. Dodd tried to seduce me Isabel Humphrey, the spouse of John Humphrey, a number of occasions, and in addition, through the current summer time, say in regards to the final of April, or first of Might. In 1860 the primary try was made my husband being absent on obligation on the time. I advised Mr. Dodd I’d mark him for taking such liberties with me. He took maintain of me within the warehouse. I advised Mr. Dodd we had two pair of Rabbits within the warehouse, and he stated that he want to see them. I stated, that they had been behind the lifeboat. He went in, and couldn’t drive them out. He then requested me to return in, and assist him to drive them out. I went in, and he then took maintain of me, this was the primary time he (tried on) meddled with me. He took maintain of me around the waist, I advised him that until he let me go, I’d mark him I then gave him a backhanded slap within the face, he then let go of me, afterwards, he stated, he wished he had me in a home alone. I requested him why he wished that, and he stated, he would let me know earlier than morning. This occurred in regards to the starting of August 1861 on the time I landed Mr. Dodd from

And that’s it …

Steele writes:

What occurs subsequent? I don’t know! The following doc within the set doesn’t proceed Isabel Humphrey’s narrative. I do know that Mr. Dodd denied the allegations. He was most likely cleared, as he continued to function resident superintendent till 1873.

You may learn the opposite pages on this sequence, however it’s important to signal on to transcribe them. Over the previous couple of months, volunteers have transcribed different collections within the archives, together with the African Nova Scotian Refugee sequence, which ended up as 164,000 phrases now searchable within the archives as full textual content. You will discover the transcribed paperwork here.

There’s a novel on this story. I’m certain there are lots of novels in all these paperwork on the archives.


No conferences.

Within the harbour

05:00: Oceanex Sanderling, ro-ro container, strikes from Anchorage #5 to Pier 41
06:00: ZIM Luanda, container ship, arrives at Pier 42 from Valencia, Spain
07:00: Atlantic Kingfisher, tug/provide vessel, arrives at Pier 31 from St. John’s
07:30: HMCS Harry DeWolf, Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), sails from Irving Shipyard for sea trials
11:00: Global Enterprise, bulker, arrives at anchorage from Luoyuan, China
11:00: Maersk Mobiliser, offshore provide ship, sails from Pier 25 for the Sable Island subject
15:30: Global Enterprise sails for sea
16:30: ZIM Luanda sails for New York
16:30: Nolhanava, ro-ro cargo, sails from Fairview Cove for Saint-Pierre
18:00: Boarbarge 37, semi-submersible barge, strikes from Pier 9 to IEL


I heard fireworks at 6:25 a.m. It’s at all times a celebration in my neighbourhood.

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