Heavy snow and roofs

SHERRY DONOVAN – sgrant@nshba.ns.ca @NSHomeBuilders Sherry Donovan is communications director for the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association 902-450-5558 www.nshomebuilders.ca   The Chronicle Herald, March 28, 2015  Heavy snow on roofs seems to be a never-ending story over the past several weeks in terms of the effects the weather has had on the condition of roofs in Nova Scotia. The result of multiple storms, flash freezes and challenges with clean up has left many homeownwith ers scrambling to keep their homes safe from the added weight on their roofs. This has created a challenge for those who don’t know exactly what they…

Halifax may continue, expand solar incentive

BRETT BUNDALE HALIFAX CITY HALL – bbundale@herald.ca @bbundale The Chronicle Herald, March 28, 2015 Halifax’s solar city pilot program, launched to encourage the installation of solar hot-water systems, could be extended three years. Regional council will consider a municipal staff report Tuesday that recommends continuing the program and expanding it to include solar photovoltaic technology for electricity and solar air technology for space heating. The program now offers financing for solar thermal technology for hot-water systems through municipal property taxes. “With almost 400 installations of solar thermal systems within two years, the program has had a positive impact on the…

Halifax makes tax deal with Irving shipyard

BRETT BUNDALE CITY HALL REPORTER – bbundale@herald.ca @bbundale The Chronicle Herald, March 27, 2015 Irving Shipbuilding and Halifax Regional Municipality have reached a tentative deal that would give the shipyard a special property tax arrangement. After receiving a letter from Irving seeking a tax break, regional council directed municipal staff to request changes to the city’s charter. The changes, introduced by the province last year, paved the way for the municipality to offer tax relief to heavy industry such as Halifax Shipyard. While senior municipal staff and Irving have since hammered out an agreement, the deal still needs regional council…

NOVA SCOTIA BUDGET TEE-UP – Whalen: Prepare to ‘feel some pain’

PROVINCIAL REPORTER MICHAEL GORMAN mgor man@herald.ca @MichaelTGor man The Chronicle Herald, March 26, 2015 As other cabinet colleagues and the premier have done before her, Finance Minister Diana Whalen delivered her own warning Wednesday about the upcoming provincial budget. “If we are going to improve our prospects for the future, we all have to feel some pain,” Whalen told a Halifax Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She said the budget, which will come April 9, will be part of the government’s efforts to change the way it does business. Nova Scotia’s demographics make it necessary to rethink revenue generation, she said.…