More supportive housing needed, social worker says

CLARE MELLOR STAFF REPORTER  cmellor@herald.ca @CH-cmellor More low-income and supportive housing is needed in Halifax Regional Municipality to meet the needs of mothers and children, says the social work co-ordinator for Adsum House. “We don’t have nearly enough low-income housing in Halifax — actual low-income, (for) people on income assistance,” Megan Gray said. “There is a lot of what is called affordable housing, but it is above what people can afford on income assistance.” One-hundred-fifty-four women stayed at the Adsum House emer­gency shelter between Sept 30, 2013, and the end of last month. It helps women and children. “Fourteen of those,…

COMPOSTING PLAN – Leachate proposal smells bad for many

FRANCES WILLICK STAFF REPORTER   fwillick@herald.ca @fwillick What’s surprising about Halifax’s municipal composting facility is not so much the intensity of the smells, but rather the variety of them . Climbing the stairwell into a sanitized, office-like viewing area, the heady, fermented scent hits you, prompting an involuntary “Ooof!” as you brace yourself for your next breath. Mountains of organic commer­cial and residential waste — cab­bage leaves, plant stalks, bits of paper and even a Bud Light box — await their trip up to a screening platform, where workers decked out in protective gear and respirat­ory filters sort through the com­post…

Solid waste reforms would spur innovation, save taxpayers’ money

BRUCE ROGERS  Editor’s Note  Bruce Rogers is executive director, Eastern Recyclers Association I am responding to various pundits who have commented on the province’s current Solid Waste Regula­tion Review. Nova Scotia has a great reputation in the recycling arena. As an industry group, the Eastern Recyclers Associ­ation (ERA) operates under these regulations in partnership with the Resource Recovery Fund Board. The RRFB does a very good job with its mandates and produces an annual report and has an open annual general meeting for the public. Our member owners operate depots and recycle close to 350 million con­tainers per year. The system…

Armco sues HRM in development matter

BRUCE ERSKINE BUSINESS REPORTER   berskine@herald.ca @CH_Br uceErskine Armco Capital Inc. and two o f its real estate subsidiaries are suing Halifax Regional Municipal­ity and three municipal staff for allegedly causing costly develop­ment approval delays. Plaintiffs Armco Capital Inc., Twin Brooks Developments Ltd., and APL Properties Ltd. named the municipality, Kurt Pyle, Rosemary McNeil and Kemp MacDonald as defendants in Nova Scotia Supreme Court docu­ments filed Thursday. Armco alleges the municipality and Pyle unreasonably refused to issue any staff report on its Lovett Lake project for 16 months follow­ing a public information meeting in November 2012 and engaged in “a pattern…