PREMIER MEETS WITH MUNICIPAL LEADERS Premier John Savage said today his government is committed to working co-operatively with Nova Scotia municipal leaders in building a dynamic provincial economy. The premier met this morning with the executive of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and stressed the need for even greater cooperation between the two levels of government. “Both levels of government want to see the economy grow and jobs created. We can best accomplish that by putting aside differences and working co-operatively towards a more prosperous Nova Scotia.” Premier Savage said he was aware of municipal concerns arising from the provincial government’s efforts to get it’s financial house in order. “All levels of government must share the responsibility of getting spending under control. Gone are the days when we can solve problems simply by going to the bank and borrowing money.” Premier Savage told the municipal leaders that Ottawa budget …

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COMMUNITY SERVICES–MUNICIPAL ASSISTANCE Community Services Minister Jim Smith said today that he was hopeful that the new Halifax Regional Municipality would accept the offer to takeover delivery of all municipal social assistance programs on April 1, 1996. “It’s a good deal for the new municipality. At a time of federal budget cutting this plan fixes the municipal costs at predictable levels.” The pilot program will offer greater efficiency through full-service offices. “Right now someone needing assistance in Dartmouth travels to Young Street in Halifax for provincial family benefits and to the West End Mall for employment and training services. In the new system the client will be able to access all services in one location often in their own neighbourhood,” said the minister. Other changes include standardized food allowances, and a new emphasis on job training and work experience. “We have to look at people’s abilities and potential as soon …

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MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS–REGIONAL MUNICIPALITIES BILL INTRODUCED Nova Scotia municipalities who are considering amalgamation will soon have a legislative framework in place. Municipal Affairs Minister Sandy Jolly introduced a Regional Municipalities Bill in the Legislature today. “This new legislation will be used only when requested by municipalities,” said the minister. “It’s voluntary. It’s there when they choose to use it.” The Regional Municipalities Bill is made up of two divisions. The first contains definitions, a description on how the regional legislation is activated, and an outline of the rules to change municipal units to regional municipalities. The second division contains provisions dealing with the organization, powers and responsibilities of a regional municipality. The majority of what is contained in this bill is taken from the Halifax Regional Municipality Act. The minister outlined the process for future amalgamations. First, she said, there must be a study requested by one or more councils in …

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“In our opinion these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Corporation of the City of Dartmouth as at March 31, 1996 and the results of its operations and the changes in its capital position for the year then ended in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles adopted for Nova Scotia Municipalities.” The final financial statement of the City of Dartmouth is a great starting point for those who fail to understand the outrage over Nova Scotia’s 1996 municipal coup, aka “amalgamation”, in the parlance of our permanent ruling class. It also presents a great refresher for those who might have forgotten where we were 24 years ago. Dartmouth School Board, Dartmouth Housing Board, Dartmouth Library, Common and Ferry. Local control of Healthcare, Education, Policing, Social Housing; all since lost, all since exposed to decades of disinvestment, by design. Dartmouth’s quarter billion dollars in …

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“A fear of being accused of being thoughtful” Dartmouth: From the first City in Canada to have a philosopher laureate, to a debt district care of a municipal coup performed by fiat, all in under five years. “Progress”.