News 1. Blackface Writes El Jones: When the furor over Trudeau’s Blackface photos dies down, to be referred to as an “embarrassing incident” or “controversial,” Black people like Abdilahi Elmi will still be facing deportation. Muslim Canadians will still be on the no-fly list. White nationalist editorials will still be commissioned by major newspapers under […]
Council has given the go-ahead for city staff to start the detailed design for transit priority lanes along Robie and Young Streets, though the funding to build the lanes is not in the current council-approved capital plan. In Phase 1 of the project, Robie Street northbound will see a curb-side transit lane installed from Cogswell...
News 1. Mark Furey is free to speak, but won’t Conflict of Interest Commissioner Joe Kennedy has cleared Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey to speak to the Glen Assoun wrongful conviction. In a letter released yesterday, Kennedy reviewed the Assoun case, the RCMP’s involvement in the case, and Furey’s worry that he had a […]
News 1. The shameful and cowardly political non-response to the Assoun case “No one in authority wants to talk about the wrongful murder conviction of Glen Assoun,” reports Blair Rhodes for the CBC: On Tuesday, Mark Furey, Nova Scotia’s attorney general and minister of justice, said he cannot comment on the Assoun case at this time. […]
City staff are “mothballing” an electric bus pilot project for which council had already approved $1 million in funding, in the process turning down another $2.25 million in federal funding secured to help fund the project, according to documents obtained under a Freedom of Information request. An electric bus generates about 62 fewer tonnes of...
The city’s low income transit pass (LITP) program will start accepting applications on May 21, and there are a couple of changes afoot. Applications for the LITP have been combined with those for two other city programs, the Recreation Access Program (which covers half to full cost of rec programs for households with very low...
I’m Suzanne Rent and I’m filling in for Tim today. You can follow me on Twitter @Suzanne_Rent News 1. Budget day in Nova Scotia It’s budget day in Nova Scotia and as expected healthcare will be one of the key spending areas. In an interview with Keith Doucette from Canadian Press, Finance Minister Karen Casey […]
There’s good news and there’s bad news. Okay, first the good news. Halifax council has agreed to double the available funding for organizations like MusGo Rider and Bayrides, which provide door-to-door and chartered transit services for their respective rural communities, making sure thousands of people in the region can get to work, medical appointments, and […]
News 1. Tuition “A proposal by Dalhousie’s Budget Advisory Committee to raise tuition next fall for the seventh year in a row drew criticism during a budget presentation to the Dalhousie Senate this week,” reports Jennifer Henderson: “You can’t put all the burden on students because we just can’t take it anymore,” said Senator Masuma […]
Halifax’s first electric buses won’t hit the road as soon as planned, but don’t blame your local city councillor or the leadership at Halifax Transit for the delay. Blame Doug Ford. Among Ford’s many post-election climate change policy reversals was the cancellation of two funding contributions to electric bus pilot projects in York Region and […]