A Halifax-area taxi driver will remain off the job pending a sexual assault charge after council’s appeals standing committee denied his licence suspension appeal on Wednesday. Navneet Jaggi, 57, was charged with sexual assault on June 25 and the municipality’s licensing authority suspended his taxi driver’s and owner’s licences the same day. He appealed the...
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, […]
Lorelei Nicoll isn’t running in this fall’s municipal election, the three-term Cole Harbour – Westphal councillor announced Monday. Nicoll made the announcement in a statement on Twitter, “with a hint of sadness and an overwhelming amount of gratitude.” “In my twelve years in this role, I have worked hard to ensure the communities of Cole […]
For the first time since the movement to defund police took hold across North America, Halifax’s board of police commissioners has scheduled a meeting. The city previously cancelled all the board’s meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aside from those dealing with the budget in early May. El Jones reported last month that that the […]
Halifax regional councillors voted on Tuesday to cancel the purchase of an armoured vehicle for the city’s police and reallocate the funding to diversity and inclusion, public safety, and fighting anti-Black racism. Councillors voted to redirect $53,500 to city’s office of diversity and inclusion to make up for a planned cut this year; a total […]
Halifax councillors who voted in favour of an armoured vehicle for police are considering cancelling the purchase in the wake of protests over the latest police violence against Black people. The purchase of an armoured vehicle was approved during the fiscal 2019-2020 budget process at a cost of $500,000. Police presented the idea to the […]
The Halifax Examiner is providing all COVID-19 coverage for free. The union representing Halifax firefighters says it’s frustrated with proposed budget cuts due to COVID-19, and the deputy mayor says she can’t support a key part of the plan — the closure of a fire station in her district. Regional council’s budget committee will start […]
News 1. Daily COVID-19 update Yesterday’s daily update from the Examiner is even meatier than usual, with contributions from both Tim Bousquet and El Jones. You’ll still find the analysis of the latest numbers — Nova Scotia has been stable at about 30 new cases a day for the last week — but also Tim’s […]
A Halifax councillor’s proposal to stock all municipal facilities with free menstrual products is a step closer to reality, but she’s not happy with the way the program is being budgeted. Council’s budget committee met on Wednesday to consider operating budgets for three municipal business units — Halifax Transit, corporate and customer services, and Halifax...
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...