Halifax councillor Shawn Cleary’s proposal for a cooling-off period for councillors and senior officials was met with a cool reception at council. The request for a staff report looking into the policy, which would temporarily bar politicians and some staff from taking a job dealing with the city after their terms ended, came up during...
News 1. Stadium This item is written by Tim Bousquet. Halifax council yesterday rejected Sam Austin’s bid to immediately end a staff review of the Schooners’ stadium proposal. Had Austin been successful, the stadium proposal would have effectively been rejected. In October 2018, council passed a motion outlining how it would deal with the stadium […]
News 1. Uranium “After yesterday’s meeting of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development, Nova Scotia’s Uranium Exploration and Mining Prohibition Act seems to be safe,” reports Joan Baxter. “At least for now.” Baxter recounts the testimony of not one, not two, but three different representatives of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia […]
News 1. Bus Stop Theatre gets half a tank At its meeting yesterday, Halifax council nearly unanimously (Matt Whitman was the only contrary vote) agreed in principle to $250,000 in assistance to the theatre. The money will be used to help the theatre buy the Gottingen Street building it operates in. There’s something of a […]
On Friday, school kids will walk out of their classes and head out for another march around Halifax, visiting the various levels of government along the way, pleading for someone, anyone in a position of power to take seriously the realities of climate change. Their timing is great. Sometime this coming month, Halifax City Council […]
One of the more telling moments of budget season in Halifax was not even a part of city council’s official budget discussion. At a regular council meeting on January 29, Councillor Shawn Cleary asked for a report assessing the costs and benefits of tightening up the standards for snow-clearing in Halifax. His fellow councillors, seemingly […]
News 1. Cornwallis statue to come down Halifax council voted 12-4 yesterday to take down the Cornwallis statue. The no votes were councillors Matt Whitman, David Hendsbee, Steve Adams, and Russell Walker. Councillor Lindell Smith was out of the country, but likely would have voted yes. You can read my blow-by-blow live-blog of the discussion […]
News 1. Rent control “Premier Stephen McNeil quickly quashed a proposal from the NDP to bring rent control back to Nova Scotia,” reports Marieke Walsh for Global. Duh. What does McNeil care? His Hollis Street apartment is paid for by taxpayers, to the tune of $1,575 a month. And if the rent goes up, no big deal, […]