HRM District 14 Councillor Jennifer Watts has issued an apology for her role in Saturday's forcible eviction of Occupy Nova Scotia. She still believes the parks bylaw trumps Charter guarantees of free speech and the right to assemble peacefully, but she now regrets the Remembrance Day timing and the failure to explore alternative resolution methods. Her silence on those issues, "was a serious error in judgment on my part for which I sincerely apologize." Full text here....

Jennifer Watts has sent irate constituents a note explaining her position on HRM's violent eviction of peaceful protesters yesterday. After paying lip service to the principles espoused by those outraged at the mayor and council's behaviour, she reverses course and endorses Kelly's position that a petty bylaw should trump constitutional rights. I have received many emails from residents who are very concerned and angry with the enforcement of the municipal park bylaw in relation to the Occupy Nova Scotia protest. Many of these concerns include the decision to remove members of Occupy Nova Scotia on Remembrance Day, the right of peaceful...