Townies

Town of Annapolis Royal, Population 491.Town of Lockeport, Population 531.Town of Mulgrave, Population 722.Town of Clark’s Harbour, Population 758. Amherst, Antigonish, Berwick, Bridgewater, Digby, Kentville, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Middleton, New Glasgow, Oxford, Pictou, Port Hawkesbury, Shelburne, Stellarton, Stewiacke, Trenton, Truro, Westville, Windsor, Wolfville and Yarmouth. 97,495 people in all, in …(Read More)

“Expenditures”

“For communities that consolidated services, overall expenditures increased in some circumstances and expenditure reductions were only associated with one service: capacity management.” From: “A longitudinal analysis of the effects of service consolidation on local government expenditures”, Craig S Maher, Public Administration Quarterly Vol. 39, No. 3 (FALL 2015), pp. 393-425

File under Dictatorship

“The removal of one’s ‘own’ municipality can be hard to accept, especially if this region does not seem to be facing any immediate economic threats and the merger is justified only by using vague arguments such as abstract neo-liberal rhetoric of competitiveness. Under these circumstances defensive resistance movements emerge.” “When …(Read More)

“The community”

“Deputy Mayor Tony Mancini said the Dartmouth North Library in his district has had a huge impact on the community” Which community is that, deputy mayor tony? The banking community? Dartmouth North Library was the last piece of infrastructure the City of Dartmouth built, opened one week before a municipal …(Read More)

“Hike”

“Halifax staff recommend nearly 3 per cent hike to property taxes” To pay for a CFL stadium? To pay for smoking police? To pay for suburban and exurban sprawl? It certainly isn’t to pay for TD Bank’s “sponsorship” of North End Dartmouth’s library. Remember, Dartmouth, “Halifax” is nothing more than …(Read More)