Out with the old, and in with the new. John McCracken on the dramatic changes in several Nova Scotia municipalities after the elections.
Judy Haiven: As women had been all but shut out for the last four years, many people in HRM decided to vote for diversity. And that shift should manifest itself in a council more interested in listening to the people, less prone to making quick decisions on development, and more likely to make a dramatic start to finding a way forward for affordable and accessible housing.
The migrant justice group No one is illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk has published responses by Halifax council candidates to a survey on migrant rights. In total, 27 of 82 council candidates responded from 13 of the 16 districts in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). None of the mayoral candidates responded.
Just prior to a municipal election, ACORN Nova Scotia took to the plaza in front of the Halifax Central Library last Saturday to mobilize support for a comprehensive landlord licensing program. Stephen Wentzell reports.
Friends of Halifax Common has released the responses for its 6-question survey sent to all electoral candidates to measure their level of support for a variety of issues that relate to the Halifax Common.
We talk with Halifax Peninsula North candidate Virginia Hinch. “A lot of community members are being pushed out of our communities because they no longer can afford it.”
Judy Haiven looks at political donations from developers and big ticket business interests to council candidates. “Accepting money from developers sets a tone that creates apathy and even cynicism about politics and politicians,” she writes.
On September 8, 2020, the NS PPWG circulated a questionnaire to all declared mayoral and Council candidates running in the upcoming election. The questionnaire asked 13 substantive questions related to policing in HRM.
From investment in arts and culture, a living wage, food insecurity, affordable housing and transit, to tackling the climate crisis and decolonizing our city, all these issues are affected by the upcoming municipal elections, writes reporter Stephen Wentzell.
Martyn Williams, on behalf of the group HRM Safe Streets for Everyone, has written a Councillors survival guide to safer streets and traffic. It targets mayor and council hopefuls, but it is also useful to residents as it sets out the issues, and what councillors can do to resolve them. It’s a comprehensive guide, and, much like Martyn’s articles, the product of meticulous research.