Today, the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board (UARB) ordered Halifax Regional Council reduced from 23 to 16 district representatives, plus the Mayor. The last few months of scandal and ethical challenges has lead to a feeling that this Council, as a government, is no longer functional. Unlike a parliament or a legislature, they cannot pull the plug and move to an election, Nova Scotia municipal elections are fixed, and the next is October 2012.
Tonight, the Imagine Our Schools process will unveil the first draft of the new capital plan for Halifax peninsula. The consultants were hired in September and given until March, all of seven months, to produce a proposed capital plan. This was mandated by the Department of Education to address the lack of community consultation in the Halifax Regional School Board’s previous capital plan, which was rejected. That proposal was for all of HRM. The new consultants process is for all read more
November 22, 2007 Dear Mr Windsor, I am writing to you today regarding your request for opinion regarding the HRSB’s upcoming application to the Utility and Review Board Regarding Number and Boundary of Electoral Districts. Speaking only for myself today, while reflecting on my recent fourteen months experience advocating for my community and quality education in the Halifax Region, I would like to outline several thoughts regarding the opportunities and pitfalls this review creates. Specifically, I would like to address read more
I have almost climbed to the top of the mountain of work and hopefully weekly missives will return soon. Until then, a picture of my new Brentwood KHS Comfortride bike that I bought to commute to Dartmouth.
It has not been a good year for those that sacrifice themselves to lead the energetic arts and culture sector in Halifax. There is a growing feeling, hovering somewhere between ennui and abject despair, and it is expressing itself throughout the provinceâ€™s creative continuum. Halifax has never been an easy town to love if you are a creative person, or as the bureaucrats call them, â€œcultural worker.â€ The city and the province it is capital of have never had particularly read more
Short bullet posts seem order of the day today. * I am amused how many dear old friends are suddenly on myspace… when Ben and I created our personal and HPX pages everyone was younger than Ben, and he was 23 at the time. Then slowly the core mid to late twenty set of volunteers and coordinators all registered, then nine or ten months ago, people in their 30s started showing up. Now pretty much everyone I know no matter read more
To my wonder and delight, the Herald published my last article in the paper today. It was rather shocking in that I was not contacted, or, they tried to contact me while I was on business in Boston and never got a hold of me. It also comes two weeks after I wrote it, so some of the facts and suppositions are no longer completely accurate. Tomorrow, I think it likely that there will be a letter written by a read more