Nova Scotia names first panel member studying environmental racism in province

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has named Augy Jones, principal of the Nova Scotia Community College Akerley campus, as the first member of an expert panel that will examine environmental racism in the province.

Jones has held leadership positions in the Provincial Department of Education and at St. Francis Xavier University.

Environment Minister Tim Halman said in a news release that all Nova Scotians have the right to be protected from environmental harm and should benefit from work to ensure « long-term health and sustainability. term of our environment and our communities ».

Jones was tasked with drafting terms of reference for the group’s work and recommending other members of the group.

It must make recommendations to the provincial government by the end of February, while the committee must make its recommendations by December 31, 2023.

The panel’s idea was included as an amendment proposed by NDP MP Suzy Hansen to climate change legislation passed last fall.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 30, 2022.


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