Stolen City

Dartmouth, the City of Lakes. I miss that more than you know, having lived here all my life. Unfortunately, my city was stolen from me and 70,000 others without so much as a non-binding plebiscite. A forced, dictatorial, city-county amalgamation was inflicted on hundreds of thousands of citizens, not in …

Police force or occupying force?

When we had legitimate municipal governance in Dartmouth, when we had our own Police force made up of people from the community, we had the power to set our own priorities. Of course, that is not the case anymore. Now we have Illegitimate HRM and Halifax Regional Police, “Partners in …

Amalgamation: The Road to Serfdom

Andrew Sancton in Merger Mania credits Britain in the late 1950s with the dawn of local government reform among liberal democracies. More than one royal commission (Report of the Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London, 1957-60 – also known as the Herbert Report, and Radcliffe-Maud a decade later …