Just two years after guys named Steve outnumbered women on regional council, Haligonians have opted for near gender parity. At least seven women were elected to serve as councillors in Halifax Regional Municipality for the next four years, according to unofficial election results tallied Saturday night. Just after 11 p.m., Halifax announced it wouldn’t be […]
In one of the last votes of its term, Halifax regional council approved a living wage requirement for most contracted workers. As the Halifax Examiner reported earlier this month, municipal staff proposed the policy to council as part of a new code of conduct for suppliers: It’s a response to council’s lukewarm reception of the social procurement policy passed […]
News 1. The biomass power shuffle Jennifer Henderson learns that not one sawmill in Nova Scotia has shut down since Northern Pulp closed in January. But large biomass boilers in the province are “running flat-out” to provide replacement markets for bark, woodchips, and sawmill waste. Henderson went to Tuesday’s meeting of the legislature’s standing committee […]
Halifax’s board of police commissioners voted Monday to appoint El Jones to propose a committee to define defunding the police, and Jones hopes to turn that into an opportunity for more public input at the board. It’s the culmination of months of debate at the board over how to approach the issue of defunding the […]
OK, let’s do the math. The latest research report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, released last week, pegs $21.80 an hour as a living wage for workers in Halifax. Before we do the math though, what constitutes a living wage, and why is it an issue now? Let’s start with the why. As...
At a meeting where it was expected to debate defunding the police, Halifax’s police board voted to debate appointing a committee to define defunding the police — at its next meeting. The board of police commissioners had a lengthy agenda for its meeting on Thursday, but after starting more than half an hour later due […]
Coun. Shawn Cleary’s colleagues on the Halifax and West community council approved a development agreement for his house Wednesday night following a virtual public hearing. Michelle and Shawn Cleary have been running a preschool — Maple Tree Montessori, one of two campuses in Halifax — out of their home at the corner of Quinpool Road...
News 1. Council needs to step up on fighting anti-Black racism, says Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard In a half-hour presentation to council yesterday, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard called on the city to go beyond statements and act on combating racism, Zane Woodford reports: The presentation, titled “Unpacking Anti‐Black Racism in the HRM: Creating Sustainable Change […]
Councillors expressed their disappointment with a mealy-mouthed social procurement policy presented on Tuesday, but it will be months before they can add any teeth to requirements for a living wage or diversity in the city’s contracting. The policy — which passed on Tuesday as part of a rewritten procurement policy with only Coun. Matt Whitman voting […]
It was meant to be a symbolic gesture — “a wish for peace” — but concerns over jurisdictional meddling kept some of Richard Zurawski’s colleagues from fully supporting his call to abolish nuclear weapons. Zurawski brought the four-part motion to council’s meeting on Tuesday. It read in full: That Halifax Regional Council: Declare August 6, […]