Saskatchewan and fracking’s benefits

MARILLA STEPHENSON   mstephenson@herald.ca @CH_Marilla   McNeil and Gallant should look west for energy-based economic solutions. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall may have been sticking his nose in where it didn’t belong, but perhaps he did New Brunswick premier-designate Brian Gallant a big favour. And in Nova Scotia, where leaders have been selectively embracing the Ivany report, I suggest it’s time to take a few pages from Wall’s 2004 prescrip­tion for economic recovery in what was then a struggling, have­not western province. The turnaround in Saskat­chewan over Wall’s tenure in office has been dramatic, to say the least. Last week, he dove into…

HALIFAX REGIONAL COUNCIL – Garbage bag limit cut to four from six

BRETT BUNDALE CITY HALL REPORTER   bbundale@herald.ca @CH_bbundale  Halifax regional council has voted to cut the municipality’s garbage bag limit to four from six and switch to clear bags for nearly all trash. Households will be allowed one standard-sized, solid-coloured bag for each garbage pickup every two weeks, council decided Tuesday. The overhaul to waste collec­tion, which will go to a public hearing later this fall, will bring Halifax in line with many muni­cipalities across Nova Scotia that already require clear garbage bags and lower bag limits. Other changes approved by council will see grass clippings, leaves and cardboard banned from…

LANDFILL DISPUTE

Dump site’s reactivation proposal irks residents FRANCES WILLICK STAFF REPORTER   fwillick@herald.ca @fwillick Nearly 20 years ago, residents of Upper Sackville were told that the dump in their neighbourhood would be closed forever. That landfill, which one resid­ent describes as an “environment­al nightmare,” was indeed closed in 1996 after being in operation for 18 years. But now, the muni­cipality is considering putting the site back in commission. The city’s environment and sustainability standing committee recommended last September that council approve the process to begin trucking leachate — the organic waste water that’s produced after rain or snow filters through garbage — there…

Government looking for Dennis Building partner

Future of prime downtown site could affect historic Province House square MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER   mgor man@herald.ca @CH-mgor man It is not a question of if but when the Dennis Building in downtown Halifax will come down, and when it does, its replacement could help spur further changes to the historic Province House square. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis said Friday that there is no timeline for demolition . The government is exploring options to partner with someone to devel­op the land, including the adja­cent parking lot. The type of building proposed would dictate what happens with the existing facade.…