Yesterday, CBC reporter Elizabeth Chiu beat me to a story I’ve been working on for months: City orders vermin-infested, ‘unsafe’ Halifax apartments shut down Kent Mullin is homeless but in a way, he’s relieved. His apartment — unsafe, a fire hazard and infested with cockroaches, mice and bedbugs — wasn’t much better than being on […]
The first of three rounds of public consultation start this week for city’s new Integrated Mobility Plan. I spoke with IMP project manager Rod McPhail about what the consultations will be like, and why we should bother showing up. First, a quick refresher on the IMP: Staff started working on this plan back in February […]
At tomorrow’s meeting, Halifax council will take up a staff recommendation to purchase the Purcells Cove Backlands: On April 26 2016, The Shaw Group and Nature Conservancy of Canada (Shaw/NCC) presented a proposal to Regional Council for HRM to acquire lands (subject lands) located in Purcell’s Cove for an Urban Wilderness Park. Staff has been completing the...
A study by transportation think-tank Transit Center has taken a closer look at who’s using public transit in the US, in hopes of taking away lessons on how to get more people on board. The report, Who’s On Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Teach Us About Transit That Works, found that in addition to speed […]
“Gloria McCluskey’s comments about Dartmouthians not caring about Birch Cove Lakes really bothered me,” writes Chris Miller, who is the director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and a long-time advocate for the proposed Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes wilderness park. Miller has brought me out to the wilderness three times over the […]
Arguably, the proposed Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes wilderness park is the single most important issue faced by the current city council. For one, it’s a huge piece of land; the proposed park comes in at 4,152.9 acres — about 25 per cent larger than the Halifax peninsula. It is majestic territory, complete with a...
There’s an oft-cited though oft-ignored truth in transportation planning. I like to express it in Field of Dreams terms: if you build it, they will come. When faced with clogged roads, we often respond by building more road capacity, if we can afford it. But after incurring the debt required to build more vehicle lanes,...
When Fusion Halifax first published their reimagining of Wyse Road in Dartmouth as part of The Little Easy: Fusion’s Pitch for a Great Youth City, I could almost hear the guffaws resonate throughout town. The proposed rendering includes increased pedestrian space, protected bike lanes, and a bus-only lane. In short, it looks amazing. Almost too […]
A Halifax Transit bus driver left his job Friday after being accused of child luring. The same driver was one of two drivers accused of child luring two years ago; in that instance, an investigation by Halifax Transit was ended because it was inconclusive. The recent accusation came after a self-described “creep catcher” named Reggie Cameron posted a […]
When my mother was a young lass, she got a job with the Toronto Metropolitan Planning Board, phoning Torontonians at home to ask them how they got to work. She would then carefully map out, with pen and paper, the route they took. She remembers the job well, no doubt in part because of the […]