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We all have to do better’: Halifax mayor on systemic racism in Nova Scotia

June 1, 2018
By The Canadian Press
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Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says Nova Scotia has to do more to confront systemic racism. He says the poisonous work environment at the municipal transit garage described in a Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission board of inquiry decision this week is “very disappointing.”

Savage says the city did the right thing when it dismissed the main perpetrator of the racial slurs and harassment in 2001, but that he returned to work after an appeal.

He says the city has tried settle the case before, and has never disputed that there was wrongdoing.

Savage says systemic racism against African Nova Scotians has impacted all levels of government and organizations in Nova Scotia and that “we all have to do better.”

A hearing is set for Monday to discuss the awarding of damages or assignment of mandated training.


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