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, […]
A long-awaited social procurement policy is coming to Halifax regional council for debate next week, but use of the proposed policy — including requiring contractors to pay a living wage or hire African Nova Scotians — would be mostly optional for municipal departments. The new policy is the result of a motion from Coun. Lindell […]
A Halifax councillor’s motion aiming to rezone three Purcells Cove backlands properties has passed. As the Halifax Examiner reported last month, the three parcels for sale sit right next to the wilderness park recently created by the municipality and the Nature Conservancy of Canada — a 153-hectare (or 378-acre) park, twice the size of Point...
As has already been reported, at today’s Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Budget Committee meeting, every councillor with the exception of Steve Adams voted to approve an amendment to the budget that cancelled the purchase of an armoured vehicle for the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and instead reallocate the funding. Specifically, after an hour in camera […]