After a quickly failed first attempt, Halifax plans to try its Spring Garden Road pilot again next year. In July, the municipality closed the busy street to vehicular traffic, except for buses, between 7am and 8pm and hoped to keep it that way for a year. But with signage and sporadic policing, it was unable...
A regional councillor wants staff to look into options to make Halifax Transit safer for users and employees amid an alleged spike in incidents. Coun. Tony Mancini brought a motion to council’s Transportation Standing Committee’s virtual meeting on Thursday calling for a staff report “that outlines opportunities and challenges related to public safety in the […]
News 1. Muskrat Falls delays, power bills to rise Breaking news: hydroelectricity from Muskrat Falls for Nova Scotians is delayed. I suppose that’s not breaking, now that I think of it. But as Jennifer Henderson reports, there’s some new information on just how much those delays could cost Nova Scotians. In June, the province received […]
Halifax Transit’s mobile ticketing is running late, but it’s on the way. Halifax regional council approved a contract at its meeting on Tuesday with Masabi, a UK-based company, for $1.5 million “for a mobile fare payment application and onboard validators” and five years of technical support. Council approved the plan for mobile ticketing in July […]
News 1. Familial violence and the mass murders This week, the Mass Casualty Commission will publish three “foundational documents” — today, “Violence in the Perpetrator’s Family of Origin”; Tuesday, “Perpetrator’s Violence Towards Others”; and Wednesday, “Perpetrator’s Violence Towards Common-Law Spouse.” As well, two people are scheduled to testify: Brenda Forbes on Tuesday, and Lisa Banfield […]
Halifax’s auditor general says the city is failing to create a respectful workplace culture, and the chief administrative officer suggests the release of her report could make it worse. Auditor General Evangeline Colman-Sadd tabled her office’s Management of Respectful Workplaces Audit at a meeting of council’s Audit and Finance Standing Committee on Wednesday. The audit […]
The Lucasville Greenway Society (LGS) is holding its second annual Walk & Fun Day this Saturday. The event’s goal is to gain support for the creation of a safe greenway that will connect the Black community of Lucasville to Lower Sackville. The community has never had sidewalks or public transportation. John Young, chair of the […]
Former Halifax councillor Reg Rankin will keep his publicly-funded salary for at least six more months. Regional council voted on Tuesday to defer a decision to cut Rankin’s salary as the part-time executive director of the Otter Lake Community Monitoring Committee (CMC), the independent body that oversees operations at the city dump. Last month, council...
News 1. Advocates: access to gender-affirming health care in Nova Scotia is getting worse “Nova Scotia may have the highest proportion of trans and gender diverse individuals in Canada,” writes Yvette d’Entremont, “but advocates say those who need to access gender-affirming health care are facing increased barriers and lives are at risk.” As d’Entremont reports, […]
Residents of a neighbourhood off Waverley Road are continuing their fight against a Halifax Transit routing change. Route 55 Port Wallace used to run between the Bridge Terminal in Dartmouth and a gravel parking lot at the Highway 118 underpass on Waverley Road. As the Halifax Examiner reported in April 2021, Halifax Transit proposed to...