History can be painful for those who’ve lived under the cudgel of colonialism and racism, the last thing this site is meant to do is to dredge up uncomfortable memories or to poke at open wounds, the chance to explain its purpose is appreciated. An undeniable truth: Dartmouth and Nova Scotia more broadly are located on the ancestral unceded lands of the Mi’kmaq people, Mi’kma’ki. This site is in no way meant to be dismissive of that fact. Treaties first signed in 1725 are, and ought to be, central to our constitutional makeup. It’s important to show respect to the …

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A broader aerial picture with enough developments happening to date it with some level of certainty. The Bridge is present, the Avenue is undisturbed, Crichton Park is in the process of construction. Maynard’s Lake is looking full of runoff and lighter in color compared to surrounding lakes from the construction of Lakefront Apartments.

An excellent map from 1808, and one of the only maps to show the location of “Fort Duncan” in Dartmouth, whatever was left of it would’ve likely been obliterated by the construction of the bridge which also just happened to bisect Dartmouth’s Common land.

A mandamus was applied for, at the Instance of the Sessions for the County of Halifax, to compel the Warden and Council of the Town of Dartmouth to assess on the property of the town liable for assessment the sum of $15,076 for its proportion of County School Rates for the years 1873-1878, under section 62 of the Educational Act, Revised Statutes, chapter 32. Held, that the Warden and Town Council ought to have assessed in each year for the proportion of the County school assessment payable by the town, but that in view of the act to amend the …

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“The most intelligent of the Nazis, the legal theorist Carl Schmitt, explained in clear language the essence of fascist governance. The way to destroy all rules, he explained, was to focus on the idea of the exception. A Nazi leader outmanoeuvres his opponents by manufacturing a general conviction that the present moment is exceptional, and then transforming that state of exception into a permanent emergency. Citizens then trade real freedom for fake safety. Dissidents of the twentieth century, whether they were resisting fascism or communism, were called extremists. Modern authoritarian regimes, such as Russia, use laws on extremism to punish …

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A particularly clear representation of the townships in Halifax County. As an aside, the Township of Dartmouth was seemingly “lost” around the time of the 1867 confederate coup otherwise known as “confederation”, which seems to have helped to spur the push for the incorporation of the Town of Dartmouth by 1873. What remained of the township of Dartmouth seemingly reverted to “Halifax County”, an entity “neither a corporation nor an individual capable of instituting proceedings”, according to Rigby Q.C., barrister for Dartmouth, as recently as 1880. The success of this case at the Supreme Court of Canada is mentioned in …

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