The councillor for the area is blaming a group of anonymous volunteers for an alleged assault in a Dartmouth park. Halifax Mutual Aid erected its latest emergency shelter in Starr Park on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth on Saturday. They’re the same shelters that were first placed on municipal park land in early 2021, and […]
Halifax councillors aren’t ready to allow unhoused people to camp in parks without the threat of criminalization. Sakura Saunders, a member of the P.A.D.S. Community Network, made a presentation to council’s Community Planning and Economic Development Committee’s meeting on Thursday, asking councillors to allow camping in municipal parks using Bylaw P-600. The bylaw bans camping […]
A developer is telling dozens of tenants to move out of a Bedford motel at the end of the month and offering no compensation — one of many landlords ignoring provincial rules around so-called renovictions, according to Dalhousie Legal Aid. The province banned the practice, where tenants are evicted to facilitate renovations or demolitions, during […]
Halifax’s auditor general is concerned the municipality isn’t doing enough to plan for big projects after management failed to implement some of her recommendations from 2019. Evangeline Colman-Sadd presented a follow-up report to a virtual meeting of Halifax regional council’s Audit and Finance Standing Committee on Wednesday looking at the municipality’s progress in implementing 11...
The Coast, Halifax’s former print alt-weekly, has been sold to a B.C.-based media company. Overstory Media Group announced the purchase in a news release on Wednesday, writing, “The acquisition of the acclaimed publication reinforces Overstory’s commitment to supporting and strengthening local news.” The company owns several media outlets, or brands, in Western Canada, including […]
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed Nova Scotia’s bid to appeal a decision that found the province has for years been discriminating against people with disabilities. “The application for leave to appeal from the judgment of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Number CA 486952, 2021 NSCA 70, dated October 6, 2021, is dismissed […]
Halifax regional councillors have finalized the municipal budget with a 4.6% increase to the average property tax bill, including 3% for climate action. During their virtual budget committee meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted 14-3 in favour of the 2022-2023 budget. Councillors David Hendsbee, Trish Purdy, and Paul Russell voted no. Councillors all but finalized the […]
A bill described by Halifax’s deputy mayor as “anti-democratic” is moving ahead without changes after a meeting of the legislature’s Law Amendments Committee on Monday. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr introduced Bill 137 last Wednesday, and it passed second reading at Province House on Thursday. As the Halifax Examiner reported last week, the bill […]
The provincial government is moving to suspend the city’s planning advisory committees for three years, removing one of the public consultation steps in the development approval process. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr introduced Bill 137 on Wednesday, comprising amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter designed to streamline the process of getting new […]
Reg Rankin’s getting cut off. Halifax regional council voted on Tuesday to stop funding the former councillor’s salary as executive director of the community monitoring committee for the city dump. The change is part of an effort on council’s part to clean up governance issues with the Otter Lake Community Monitoring Committee (CMC). The committee...