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HRM raises standards for rooming houses

The Chronicle Herald – July 20, 2016 Edition The city is designing better regulations for rooming houses. Halifax Regional Municipality Tuesday approved new licensing and minimum standards for the houses, which are seen as one way to achieve affordable housing in the municipality. Fees will remain at $100 a year, but the minimum standards have been improved to include higher ambient indoor temperatures and regulations about the safety of outdoor decks. Enforcement is shared between the fire service and the municipal planning department. “It bothers me to see people living under some of these conditions,” said Coun. Gloria McCluskey in…

Atlantic Canadians, millennials, Gen-X among gloomiest

  THE CHRONICLE HERALD – July 19, 2016 Edition newsroom@herald.ca @chronicleherald Atlantic Canadians feel gloomier about their financial prospects than Canadians anywhere else in the country — and the situation isn’t getting any better. “We had a very gloomy start to 2016, with a reeling loonie and a soft economy and jobs market, and much of that sentiment continues to weigh on confidence,” says Sarah Widmeyer, a CIBC managing director and head of its wealth Strategies Group. The latest quarterly financial confidence survey of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce shows only 55 per cent of Atlantic Canadians feel positive…

Maritime Link work on pace — Emera

ENERGY The Chronicle Herald – July 12, 2016 Edition OTTAWA BUREAU ANDREA GUNN agunn@herald.ca @notandrea Despite concerns about the future of Muskrat Falls in Newfoundland, work is continuing in Nova Scotia. Over the weekend, Emera moved the single largest component of the $1.5-billion Maritime Link project — a 203-ton transformer — to its final location at the Woodbine converter site. Jeff Myrick, senior manager of communications and public affairs with Emera, told the Chronicle Herald the move is another milestone on the road to completing project at the end of 2017. The Maritime Link will connect energy generated by Muskrat…

N.S. Power launches new outage map

The Chronicle Herald – July 12, 2016 Edition AMANDA PANACCI STAFF REPORTER apanacci@herald.ca @AmandaPanacci Nova Scotia Power has launched an online map that delivers nearlive power outage reports on mobile devices. The outage map, started on Sunday, will automatically be updated every 15 minutes and can be viewed directly from your smartphone or tablet. “We know our customers’ expectations are changing especially on a digital landscape,” communications adviser Maeghan Murphy said Monday. Nova Scotia Power was looking for ways to improve communication after tropical storm Arthur hit the Maritimes in July 2014. It took one week to fully restore power…