News 95.7-Rick Howe: Freshwater Brook vs Parking Garages

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.


Chronicle Herald: Restore historic Freshwater Brook in Halifax to natural state

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 – Oct 17 Elect HRM Representatives Who are Friends of the Common

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!
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