A Black History Month Tribute to My Grandfather Graham Leo. Downey
Transcending The Racial Divide
My grandfather Graham Leo Downey is part of a family that included seven brothers, three sisters and a foster sister. He was born in Halifax in 1939 to George Alexander Downey and Leotra (Tomlinson). He attended Joseph Howe Elementary School, and he considers himself a graduate of the “school of hard knocks”.
It gives the impression of sincerity , honesty without rhetoric. The message is quite clear; the length of speech is about right. Any good policies require good and honest people to implement. Nova Scotia had the Nomination Program but failed and we know why. Nova Scotian wants dearly to contribute to the country. We want “real immigrants” who want to stay, work, and pay taxes and we want to assist in anyway we can. I can see Mr. Baillie was more and more comfortable and confident
Senate of Canada Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.
Serving as the Federal Government Liaison for the Eastern Woodlands Metis Nova Scotia. Doing my best to help support our most vulnerable.
“Our mission with the Eastern Woodland Métis Nation is to promote and preserve the Metis identity and heritage in our community. We strive to promote education, training, business opportunities, leadership, health and justice. Our goal is to be economically sustainable and self‑reliant. Our values of the ultimate authority of the Eastern Woodland Métis Nation reside with its membership. A consensus is sought from the grassroots membership and is ensured by organizational structures that take into account traditional values that our ancestors have given to us with the belief that the whole community and not just one individual group is to be represented. Our vision is to be self‑actualized, as laid out in the Royal Commission Report on Aboriginal Peoples”
Unrevised Transcript, December 5th, 2012 : Senate of Canada Committee on Aboriginal People.
In my personal opinion and experience even still today here in Canada, I find most police officers or “peace officers” still use excessive tactics of intimidation and force. I think this alienates the core rights and freedoms that are supposed to be protected under the law.
I fundamentally believe these rights and freedoms are worth fighting to protect, and even though institutional racism is a reality I choose NOT to turn a blind eye but instead work towards a modern solution that focuses on the self.
I wish lots of success to this new project and look forward to seeing the hole in the middle of downtown replaced with this beautiful new Convention Center. However betting the future of the Nova Scotia’s economy on conventions, tourism, and other consumer discretionary sectors is simply irresponsible and new strategies should be developed very soon.
Facebook Response To The New Halifax Convention Center 07/12/12
We’re excited about today’s announcement!
Did you know? The average convention delegate can spend up to four times as much as the average visitor to Nova Scotia. Just one national or international convention of 1,000 delegates can result in over $1 million of new spending in our provincial economy – in shops, restaurants, hotels and on transportation. – NSBI
Written By Halifax Chronicle Herald
Jerome Downey, grandson of long-time Halifax city councillor Graham Downey, announced he’ll be running for office in this year’s municipal election. He’ll be vying for the Halifax-Downtown seat.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to represent and make the progressive changes Halifax-Downtown residents, visitors and business owners desperately desire,” says Downey. “I’m working to make sure our best interests as a community are being addressed and heard in city council. My platform is based on rejuvenation and a change of attitude and actions in city hall. We need to enhance our community’s vibrancy, protect our local economy and make our streets safer.”
Downey was raised and continues to reside in downtown Halifax. He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School and is a graduate of Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Currently, he is an account executive with a major financial institution in Halifax.