Two weeks ago I announced my campaign for the office of councillor in the newly created District 7. What a crazy two weeks its been! I have every intention of blogging my campaign, and not just writing carefully parsed words that have passed through political filters I’m glad I’m running. I really enjoy talking to people, hearing their ideas, and talking about the city. People really care about Halifax and they want to see the place realize its potential, but it read more
I grew up a navy brat, fed a steady diet of Napoleonic War era novels like Hornblower, Aubrey Maturin, and Sharpe. But I also grew up reading Canadian novels from another era, the Battle of the Atlantic. Hal Lawrence’s Bloody War and James Lamb Corvette Navy are two books that capture the experience of a colony becoming a nation, a token force becoming a world renowned navy. Reading these, I learned something later reinforced by Stephen Kimber’s book on Halifax during the read more
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.
My father was in the Navy, and his career bounced us from Ottawa, to Halifax, to Toronto, back and forth, for years, and then later, to Norfolk and London, England. While I spent half my youth living in Dartmouth, I spent the other half being conditioned by my mother to love Nova Scotia and miss home when we lived away.
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.