WE MUST ACT

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OPINION -

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

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