Construction work for a controversial parking garage by the NS Museum of Natural History exposed an ancient pipe where Freshwater Brook flows. Rick Howe interviews Peggy Cameron who sees this as a perfect opportunity for a re-think on the controversial $30 million, 8-storey, 500-stall parking garage planned for one of the few public, open green spaces left on the Halifax Common.
Cyclist sees “Restore Freshwater Brook” as a better new reality.
A pedestrian walks past Restore Freshwater Brook signs that dot the lawn off Summer Street and Bell Road on Tuesday afternoon. The group Friends of the Halifax Common want portions of the underground brook daylighted or exposed again. – ERIC WYNNE/CHRONICLE HERALD
Francis Campbell Freshwater Brook resurfaced recently in the middle of Halifax but its exposure is likely temporary.
The brook, initially called a river, ran from what is now near the corner of St. Albans Street and Clifton Street in north-end Halifax, across the peninsula, through the Halifax Public Gardens, Victoria Park, past Fenwick towers and the Sobeys parking lot on Queen Street to the confluence of Barrington and Inglis streets. Continue reading →
From now until October 17 you as a citizen of HRM can vote to elect a Mayor and Council. Confronted with the climate crisis, COVID crisis, housing crisis, transportation crisis and social equity crisis we know we need a different kind of government; one that represents and governs for the common good— one that will help keep us from the tipping point. To aid you in your choice FHC sent a 6-question survey to the electoral candidates. Thematically the questions relate to measuring the candidates’ level of support for:
Legislative protection of the Halifax Common;
Reversing proposals for four 16, 26, 28, 29-storey towers + 800 underground parking spots on the South Common at Carlton, College, Robie, Spring Garden Road;
Increasing green space and connectivity on the Halifax Peninsula and in HRM;
Increasing access for amateur players on the effectively privatized Wanderer’s Grounds;
Opposing the Province’s plans for an 8-storey 500 stall parking garage (NS Museum) and a 1000-stall parking garage (former CBC-TV site) on the Central Common;
the 1994 Halifax Common Master Plan especially as it relates to the new Halifax Common Master Plan
One-third of all candidates responded, BUT NO RESPONSE was received from: Mayor Savage, Steve Stretch (District 1) Sam Austin (District 5), Tony Mancini (District 6), Lindell Smith (District 8), Richard Zurawski(District 12), Lisa Blackburn(District 14), Paul Russell(District 15) and Tim Outhit(District 16). Could disinterest of these elected officials be the reason that the best interests of the Common are so ignored?
Based on the responses FHC did receive we decided in certain cases to endorse candidates. Please read the linked responses and consider carefully. Then PLEASE vote! And remind 10 friends to-its time to engage! Continue reading →
There are 3 candidates for Mayor in HRM’s Oct 17 Election. Incumbent Mayor Mike Savage did not respond to the FHC survey. Below are the survey questions and replies from Max Taylor and Matt Whitman. Max seems to be a better friend of the Common. See details below Continue reading →
Of HRM Electoral Candidates for Councillor, District 1, Stephen Kamperman and Arthur Wamback replied. Cathy Deagle Gammon and Incumbent Steve Streatch did not reply. See Kamperman and Wambacks answers below: Continue reading →