Tag Archives: Phylum Paveia

Petition to Protect the Halifax Common 

 

Proposed 7-storey parking garage next to the NS Museum of Natural History, Bengal Lancers and Wanderers Grounds. The steam / power plant will be on the north (right) side. (model by Marcel Tarnogorski)

Update: Congratulations, you made the difference! A sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to send an email, sign the petition and show support for the Halifax Common. On Tuesday Feb 25, Waye Mason tabled the petition at HRM Council. FHC is working to have the petition tabled at the Nova Scotia Legislature. An important goal is to have legislative protection of the Halifax Common; clearly, compromises behind closed doors aren’t working. 
 
Update: On Feb 11 HRM Council “compromised” with the Province by agreeing that the parkade and steam plant may be built on a western portion of Summer Street. This will impact only item #2 in the petition. FHC is continuing to collect signatures to increase public – pressure as the Halifax Common is still not protected! Please sign our on-line petition to protect the Halifax Common —
http://bit.ly/2v0w9kn Details below:

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Rick Howe Interview – No More Parking on Common

The provincial government has plans to build a new $29.5 million parking garage by the Museum of Natural History for the Halifax Infirmary. Peggy Cameron, co-chair of Friends of Halifax Common, takes issue with more Common being used for parking. Between 20-25% is already used for parking – there are better options!

This map from FHC’s 2014 photographic exhibition “Parking the Common” shows 20-25% of the Common is used for parking.

Halifax Infirmary parkade plan draws criticism

Chronicle Herald, Nov 4, Francis Campbell

The new parking plan for the Halifax Infirmary site is drawing criticism.

Rendering of the parking garage to be located next to the Museum of Natural History on Summer Street, on Halifax Common. (Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal Depart.)

“It’s clearly the case that the hospital is not even thinking about what are the benefits of public open space, they are just going ahead and doing the easiest thing to accommodate a growing demand for cars in a time when we are supposed to be reducing our reliance on cars,” said Peggy Cameron, a member of the non-profit community group Friends of the Halifax Common.

Cameron questioned why the parkade announcement was made Thursday, the day after the legislature had completed its fall sitting and a day after government had passed environmental legislation that requires the province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and for Nova Scotia to hit a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050. Continue reading

Photographic Exibition: Parking the Common, Documentation of Phylum Paveia

View On Line: Parking the Common, Documentation of Phylum Paveia

small-e-carde-card-page247This study classifies invading species of Phylum Paveia (parking lot) responsible for the creeping disappearance of the Halifax Common. Ecological examination reveals P.Paveia colonizes territory replacing endangered natives such as Lawnis tranquilis, Gardenia publica and Serenis communis.  Identified Paveias include Genera Bituminus (asphalt), Lapillius (gravel) and Cementus (cement) and species civitis (city), ecclesiais (church), hospitalis (hospital), imperium canadis (federal government), imperium nova scotis (provincial government), privatis (private), scholis (school), and universitis (university).  This study raises doubt about notions of improvement historically rooted in imperialist ideology that, unless mitigated, will result in further colonization.