“Metro councilors play a game. They warn if we want improved snow and ice clearing we all must pay more taxes. Fair enough. But out of a different pocket, we are now collectively paying through our taxes for the strains on Emergency rooms and the health care system. So we all pay one way or another,” writes Judy Haiven.
The most recent pedestrian fatality, at Gottingen Street, the fourth of this year, involves once again unforgiving infrastructure for those on foot which should have been mitigated during recent efforts to remodel it, writes Martyn Williams.
Larry Haiven on a proposed development at Spring Garden and Robie, an impressive facade failing to hide four towers of 30, 26, 20 and 16 storeys on a single city block. “Using a bit of heritage as the fig leaf for rampant and unheeding development is becoming the latest shell game in Halifax,” writes Haiven.
Judy Haiven looks at three Halifax developments in different stages of completion, and three developers who’ve managed to get what they want from the city – and give almost nothing back. How do they pull it off?
Media release: Equity Watch has learned from several sources that after the media conference HRM sent a note to employees in some business units forbidding them to use social media and social networks to criticize their employer or do anything that would affect HRM’s reputation.
Evelyn C. White reviews Ted Rudland’s excellent “Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax”, and the pros and cons of a CFL stadium in Halifax. “$170-$190 million to lure a CFL team to Halissippi? Ya’ll might wanna draw up another game plan.”
When it comes to spending public money frequent contributor Paul Vienneau can think of many things more useful than a CFL stadium.
Raymond Sheppard, representing African Nova Scotian City workers, and members of Equity Watch held a joint press conference to argue that in terms of bullying and racism there is no political will among senior management to truly address the issues, and that it is time for an independent third party, like the City’s Auditor General, to hold an inquiry.
How many more pedestrians must be hit before our municipality acts and we reduce bloodshed on our streets? Martyn Williams offers up three simple solutions that will save lives.
Lower speed limits, although not a panacea, mean fewer accidents, and fewer pedestrian deaths. Both City and Province agree that lowering speeds is a positive move, yet a standoff about jurisdictional authority is stopping implementation. “Not at all satisfactory for parents who need to head off to work before their children walk to school alone, or for the pedestrians regularly hit on our crosswalks,” writes Martyn Williams