WE MUST ACT
I found Marike Finlay and Karin Cope’s retelling (“Nova Scotia is not ‘innocent,’” May 16) of their extensive experience of harassment, animal cruelty, abuse and threats of additional violence from their Eastern Shore “neighbour” difficult but necessary reading.
As a longtime educator, I know these kinds of men live in our communities, as the authors note, a result of “toxic masculinities.” However, the fact that no one — no local resident, HRM councillor, RCMP officer or HRM bylaw enforcement officer — was able to come to Finlay and Cope’s active defence is what left me in a state of despair.
I wholeheartedly agree with Finlay and Cope that Nova Scotia is not innocent. There are usually no “innocent bystanders” and certainly no “innocent space” in which to hide when we are faced with such obvious acts of violence. We need to do what we can. We all need to DO something.
M. Lynn Aylward, Wolfville