OPENFILE: Peter Kelly, Newsmaker of 2011

It seems inarguable that mayor Kelly was 2011’s Halifax newsmaker of the year, and not in a good way. Try as I might to find another angle, or another way to spin it, the most recurring theme this year in Halifax politics was the mayor’s role in the various scandals and leadership crises that plagued HRM for much of 2011. I didn’t blog much for the first three months of the year, but things changed when the concert scandal erupted in read more


Peter Kelly – Take Responsibility

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. – Ray Kroc – founder of McDonalds Today has been another day full of media and discussion.  Many memorable moments, talking about the issues raised and the meaning of the concert scandal report delivered by HRMs Auditor General. Listening to Peter Kelly today, I was struck over and over again by the incoherent almost rambling defence he is mounting.  Others have written about this, at the read more


The AG presents the concert scandal report to Council

Larry Munroe, HRM Auditor General, walked us through the Executive Summary of the Concert Scandal report. First big remark was “CAO and DCAO could not have made these disbursements happen on their own.”


Where Did the Big Concerts Go? – Concerts in HRM Part 4

So, what is our goal?  Bring huge acts as tourism draws to Halifax and put us on the map?  Two thoughts: First – let us reflect on the words of my friend, Ben Pearlman.  He is King’s College educated, former Halifax Pop Explosion Talent Director and now promoter working at Collective Concerts in Toronto, one of Canada’s largest independent concert promotion companies.


Concert Socialism, Not For the Faint of Heart! – Concerts in HRM Part 3

I spent last weekend in Moncton, Halifax’ so called arch rival.  I was up there for New Brunswick Music Week.  I took my kids, did a panel and a ran a workshop, went to Crystal Palace, ate at the Crowne Plaza.  We had a lovely time. A dominant meme in Halifax is that Moncton is outpacing Halifax economically, culturally, and most importantly, in the rare commodity of “can do spirit”. The usual suspects in the pro-development at all costs camp read more







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