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Nova Centre developer sues Heritage Trust, asks for “tens of millions of dollars” in damages; read the suit

Through his development company, Argyle Developments, Nova Centre developer Joe Ramia is suing Heritage Trust and each of its 27 directors, and seeks “tens of millions of dollars” in damages, claiming that: Heritage Trust has consistently acted contrary to its mandate and opposed various development projects within HRM not in line with their objectives. The […]

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City council recap, June 24 & 25, 2014

Regional Plan Review After three years of public input, delays, debate, more delays, subcommittee meetings and more delays, Halifax council has finally completed the “five year” review of the regional plan developed eight years ago, and has approved all the recommendations of the review. The revisions are not radical, but they tighten up planning policies […]

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Morning File: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

News 1. Joe Ramia sues Heritage Trust In what looks an awful lot like an American-style SLAPP suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation), Nova Centre developer Joe Ramia’s company, Argyle Developments, has filed suit against both the Heritage Trust and each of its 27 directors individually. Heritage Trust’s alleged wrongdoing? “Argyle Developments says that since […]

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Misinformation and bad arguments over the Africville dog park

Tomorrow, Halifax council will consider a staff proposal to decommission the Africville dog park. Since I commented on the issue Saturday—it’s behind the paywall, but basically I said the dog park should be moved across the highway to Seaview Overlook Park—I’ve received a barrage of comments from supporters of the dog park. They have three main arguments. […]

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Morning File: Monday, June 23, 2014

Editor’s note: Every morning, excepting Sundays and holidays, the Halifax Examiner will publish “Morning File,” a quick review of the daily news and opinion, with a look at what’s happening around town. Additionally, we’ll throw in some quirky info you won’t find elsewhere. The aim is to have Morning File published by 7:30am, so it can be […]

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Council preview: June 24 meeting

Expect a long and quarrelsome council meeting this Tuesday. The meeting starts at 10am, but there are so many weighty and controversial issues on the agenda that it will likely go well into the evening, and council may possibly have to reconvene on Wednesday to complete its work. I’ll discuss four issues here: proposed changes […]

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Introducing… the Halifax Examiner

Well, here’s the new site, the Halifax Examiner. I can not adequately express my deep appreciation to Natalie Chavarie, El Jones, Robyn McNeil, Brenden Sommerhalder, Graham Steele, Kate Watson, and Jeff White for their very kind words and the time they committed in creating the above video. Please watch! Also, I must thank my family, […]