Africville gets unanimous OK from council
Halifax regional council was forced to take a brief recess
last night after shouting erupted when they voted to ratify a
reparations package for the former community of Africville.
voted unanimously to approve a deal for the historic black community,
razed in the 1960’s to make way for the MacKay Bridge. Details of the
deal will be announced today.
Denise Allen, a former Africville
resident, attempted to interject before council’s vote. She claims the
Africville Genealogy Society, the group that will oversee the use of the
reparations money, is in conflict with the law.
Kelly adjourned council for five minutes, asking Allen to refrain from
interrupting. After appealing to Coun. Jerry Blumenthal, Allen and about
20 supporters left the meeting.
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Charles Adams speaks through a megaphone during an
anti-racism rally as Mayor Peter Kelly listens yesterday afternoon.
Kelly will apologize to former Africville residents and their
descendants today on behalf of the city and HRM council.
“City council (is) entering into
an agreement with an organization that isn’t in compliance with the
Joint Stocks Companies Act,” Allen told reporters. “Right now, (the
society) is not in a legal position to represent anybody.”
alleges she provided evidence to council prior to yesterday’s vote.
sent them out an email (Monday) at three o’clock,” she said. “They also
received information by courier from my lawyer.”
council had received Allen’s correspondence.
“It was referred
to the solicitors,” Kelly said. “But council has made the decision to
Details of the deal will be released this morning
at the Gottingen Street YMCA by Kelly and society president Irvine
Kelly will also offer an official apology to former
residents and their descendants on behalf of council and HRM.
heard it time and time again that this has been an issue that should
have been resolved, has not been resolved, and there is desire in the
community to resolve it,” Kelly said. “And hearing that desire over and
over again, council has indicated they wish to bring this issue to the
Allen said she will be consulting today with
her lawyer, Robert Miedema. She vowed to fight the deal in court.
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