In A Perfect World

Its All a matter of Attitude!!! Below is a selection of opinions that each has merit for a touch & feel for the true Halifax…… there are no right answers

1995    Date:  95-07-20 10:37:00 AM

In February the province released a public discussion paper, “Rethinking the Planning Act”. It’s purpose is to initiate a review of the Act to determine if the Act meets today’s challenges. The Act dates back to 1983. It was amended in 1989 to deal with subdivision matters and again in 1994 to address government’s municipal service-exchange initiatives.

Over the past decade a number of changes have occurred that had an impact on the Act. These include, for example: Read More ….

It’s time for us to get active, think big

The Halifax Chronical Herald  TIM OUTHIT Sun. Jan 6 – 4:47 AM

NOVAKNOWLEDGE has been sounding alarm bells for years over the importance of embracing a new, knowledge-driven economy for Nova Scotia as well as environmental sustainability.

Action is required to overcome the challenges that threaten our economy — failure to achieve immigration objectives, too many young people leaving the province, regionalism, poor productivity, a shortage of skilled workers, too many marginalized workers, comparatively low wages and an aging and declining population.

To overcome these obstacles we must create a society in which the young stay in Nova Scotia for progressive jobs, change our attitudes, fight regionalism, pay higher wages by becoming more productive and encourage young people to take post-secondary education in trades, math, sciences and information technology. Read More…..

Leading by example

The Halifax Chronical Herald         By Our Staff Sat.         Dec 29 – 5:50 AM

Eight people who help shape Nova Scotia’s financial future
Courage. Focus. Co-operation. Commitment. Innovation. Accountability.

Those are the qualities our Eight to Watch in ’08 want to see more of in the coming year if the province is going to move from its position as a good place to live and work to a great place for everyone.

The eight business leaders selected by business department staff are a mixture of familiar and new faces, but they are all passionately committed to the province and are prepared to work hard through their businesses and beyond to build the province.

Good enough is never good enough for them. They always strive for excellence, but they also don’t forget to have fun. Read More ….

Tim Olive, development & economic strategy

Last updated at on 19/02/08  EDITED BY STAFF, TRANSCONTINENTAL MEDIA
The Nova Scotia Business Journal

Tim Olive is the executive director of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission. Always active in development discussions, he is concerned here with development approval wait times.

“The most talked about issue facing the economic future of this urban region of HRM is the unnecessary and costly delays in moving development applications forward within the cavernous tunnels of the municipal bureaucracy. There may, however, be a solution in the wind that will propel up to 30% of the waiting time away and place HRM in a more respectable range as compared to other cities across the country.

“During the past year, Halifax Regional Council directed staff to investigate opportunities to further reduce processing timelines for planning applications. The review included the roles and timeliness of Committee’s and Council’s evaluation of development applications. The cities that were used for comparison are St. John’s, Quebec City, London, Regina and Victoria. The report states that the review of these cities represents a reasonable guide for comparison with current HRM standards Read More …..

Think Development…

”A lot of people are thinking about development”

RACHEL MENDLESON  The Daily News

Developer John Lindsay Jr. knows that as far as public opinion goes, landlord is a not-so-nice word.

So why is the president of East Port Properties Ltd. proud to have the title associated with his name?

“I do a very good job. And I behave ethically and honestly, to the best of my ability,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean Lindsay ignores the public’s perception of developers, the development process and its effect on heritage conservation. Public opinion, he says, is a driving force behind the “bread-and-butter” municipal issue.

“Big issues like health care and taxes are decided elsewhere, but the development and look of your city is decided here,” he said. Read More ….

Bowing to the latest fads in urban modernization can rob a city of its humanity From the Halifax Daily News

Last updated at 7:04 AM on 22/09/07
Rush-hour traffic on Barrington Street. (Daily News/Sabrena MacKenzie)

Don’t be fooled by shiny things print this article
Bowing to the latest fads in urban modernization can rob a city of its humanity

Victor Syperek       The Daily News

Almost 50 years ago, an ancient word reasserted itself. A slimy, repulsive word, originating in racism and fear: slum.

With a single word, we branded all our old and venerable housing stock obsolete and unwanted. This was the ’60s, the time of a great new whitewashed future of skyscrapers reaching up to the clouds, elevated roadways, and mom cooking dinner back in the suburbs, waiting for dad with a martini and a kiss by the door. The kids’ heads, firmly resting in chins, lined up in front of the TV before they did their homework. Read More……

Let’s keep Christmas in Christmas, in spirit and in name print this article
Victor Syperek    The Daily News

……….. They aren’t restricted to cars, but vehicles are certainly inconvenient. The pedestrian rules. All along the twisty, narrow roads are cafes and shops, and market squares.

They have created a place so beautiful that it thrives. Always busy with shoppers and diners, and drinkers, the waterfront has attracted the largest mass of yachts in the Mediterranean. Several thousand call this home.

And the reason is, people want to be there. There is an intangible feeling one gets wandering around in beauty. It just feels so good.

The point is, if we can keep charm and street-livability in Halifax’s future, people will want to be here. It’s not too late. We still have enough of the historic feel of our past to build on. We have a beautiful waterfront to offer the yachting world.

To borrow from an old saying: don’t build it and they will come. Read More …

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