Gerrymandering

We’ll go further: Is it possible the real reason for creating a single, illegitimate amalgamated municipal government was to prevent a progressive urban agenda? 🤔😂

Transport, housing, health care: critical elements and infrastructure in any city, its placement and composition, also critical… And always confounded by our laughably inadequate and restrictive HRM charter.

A charter created, like the illegitimate municipal construct we inhabit, by fiat, without meaningful input, in the most top down manner possible by the province for all us serfs of Halifax County.

As a result, more and more municipal business is being decided at Province House instead of City Hall.

As a result, more and more decisions regarding the “urban core” (Nova Scotian for the previously legitimate municipalities of Halifax and Dartmouth) are happening in Ecum Secum. And vice versa.

Where the clinics and hospitals go, a decision not handled in a way that seeks to help the most people, but rather, a decision defined by a real estate deal, inklings of corruption and cash filled envelopes, an election ploy. The Premier is smiling, hoping his health care for Bayer’s Lake leads him all the way to the electoral bank.

$3000 per homeowner for “housing” in Tufts Cove – not from a mindset that seeks to help the most people, directed toward low income housing supports or an affordable housing project. Instead, fences and landscaping for homeowners in Joanne Bernards district who make less than $76K a year, the feels of another opportunistic, dirty election ploy.

Looking to reduce the speed limit in your neighborhood? Sorry, you’re governed by a 15th century fiefdom, HRM, it has no transport rights and so you could be waiting for years for Province house to get back to your council.

This is the “municipal” you bought with your subservience and lack of resistance to an illegitimate municipal construct created without your input or consent: HRM.

Make sure the municipal file is top of mind for your MLAs, prospective or otherwise, this upcoming election season.

We, the people, need permissive charters, and legitimate municipalities with which to exercise them. The purview and makeup of our cities can no longer allowed to be perverted by Cletus the slack jawed Premier, and his Provincial ilk.

This upcoming election can be a referendum on the municipal too, if we make it so.


(From The Halifax Examiner, Morning File, April 26, 2017 – https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/…/the-power-of-poetry-morn…/…)

‘Last week, the McNeil government announced plans for a new “community outpatient centre” in Bayers Lake. “Yet again, the province sticks it to city planners,” writes Examiner transportation columnist Erica Butler:

–So what’s the deal? Do the province and the municipality ever chat about this stuff? Or do we live in some sort of “Gift of the Magi” dystopia where one branch of government tries to buy us something nice but just ends up ruining the nice transportation network the other one had planned?–

And Bill Turpin reports that no municipal politicians were invited to the announcement of the new centre:

–The city acknowledges they weren’t invited, but diplomatically declines to complain. The Premier’s Office, 24 hours after a query from me, declines to explain the omission — if that’s what it was. It’s also possible the premier just didn’t care about City Hall. Another possibility is the premier was in such a hurry to make the announcement before calling an election that his people overlooked protocol.–

Turpin goes on to get to the crux on the matter, that “Stephen McNeil has a bit of a hate on for our city”:

–I’ll go further: is it possible the real reason for creating a single health authority was to move health services away from our downtown to areas that lack the population density to support them — without taxpayers noticing? Would the defunct Capital District Health Authority have supported the location of the new “centre”?–

If McNeil can justify spending provincial tax money to support the lifestyle of rural Nova Scotians, that’s just fine. But I’m not willing to force our sick to take a bus ride of two hours-plus, with transfers, to get routine diagnoses.’