KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – As she did four years ago, Virginia Hinch is once again challenging Lindell Smith in the municipal election for District 8 councillor
In 2016 she stepped aside and threw her support behind Smith. This year she is in the race to win, she says. “I would like to make history being the first Black woman on Council,” she tells the Nova Scotia Advocate.
“I am a candidate because members of my community have asked me to run due to the challenges that they’re facing within the community,” Hinch says.
“Back in 2016, I had planned to run, and then I decided to bow out gracefully and back Lindell Smith, with the promise and understanding that Council would address the lack of affordable housing. Well, that has not happened. HRM must get on the ball and instead of selling all its housing stock off it should keep some stock and make it affordable,” says Hinch.
She points to the Bloomfield School debacle as an example of a missed opportunity. “I’m so disappointed that they sold that again from underneath the community,” she says. “No discussion around that whatsoever, all three levels of government should have been involved in that project and it should have gone through.”
“We’re being pushed out of our communities. A lot of community members are being pushed out of our communities because they no longer can afford it. You know, once you put the high end apartments in and the condos in, then property taxes go up, and that has an effect as well.”
“In my current position at the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority I need to be responsive. If elected I will respond to any concerns or complaints that people may have, because right now, unfortunately, that’s the concern,” says Hinch.
“Lindell is a great person, but I think the community needs somebody who is going to fight for them. Who’s going to take their concerns directly to Council, without worrying about what the other councillors may say. I know that I will be working for my community and not for the other councillors,” she says.
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