On Wednesday, the Budget Committee of Halifax Regional Council will consider whether to make background checks for students and volunteers free, as they are everywhere else across the province. In Halifax, approximately 11,700 volunteers a year pay $30 to police or an online provider to determine if the individual has any prior convictions or pardons […]
Halifax’s first electric buses won’t hit the road as soon as planned, but don’t blame your local city councillor or the leadership at Halifax Transit for the delay. Blame Doug Ford. Among Ford’s many post-election climate change policy reversals was the cancellation of two funding contributions to electric bus pilot projects in York Region and […]
I’m Joan Baxter, filling in for Tim today. News 1. Freedom of Information in Nova Scotia – the failure and the fix As Tim wrote, yesterday Nova Scotia privacy commissioner Catherine Tully and auditor general Michael Pickup released their reports on the FOIPOP website security failure. Both painted damning pictures of how the government handled […]
Starting in 2020, the city will be rebuilding Spring Garden Road between Queen Street and South Park Street. And sometime this winter, city council will decide what the new street will look like. Staff have proposed three options on which to gather feedback as part of the functional design phase. You can check them out […]
In an affidavit filed with the court earlier this month, former Halifax cop Chris Mosher says that he has suffered “negative treatment at my new job” due in part to a Halifax Examiner article about his current employment with the Halifax Regional Municipality. On October 6, the Examiner published an article detailing Mosher’s firing by […]
At long last, and in the shadow of a proposed capital budget which significantly underfunds HRM’s active transportation transformation, here’s part two of your update on some of the many bikeways projects underway right now in the city. You can find part one here. Brunswick Street & Spring Garden Road: functional design (early and late […]
I really, really wanted to write part two of the update on bikeway projects this week. But perhaps it is wiser to step back for a moment from documenting the planning progress around bike infrastructure, to consider whether or not this municipality actually has the intention to follow through and build what’s being planned. This […]
At the earliest, it will be this time next year before the shiny new YMCA rising at the corner of South Park and Sackville Streets can open its doors to members. President and CEO of the Greater Halifax YMCA, Brian Posavad, tells the Halifax Examiner that, “like the rest of the projects in Halifax right...
Last week, just in time for Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day, the city of Halifax revived its Heads Up Halifax campaign, but with a twist on past years. This year, instead of paying someone to come up with more ads like this: …the city announced it was going to ask citizens for their ideas on how […]
The price of police background checks How much is too much to pay for a background check to apply for a job or to volunteer for a non-profit group such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters or a school breakfast program? It’s a question worth asking in Halifax, where the fees to check if a person has...