Halifax Draft Budget Gets Initial Approval

Halifax draft budget gets initial approval BRETT BUNDALE HALIFAX CITY HALL – bbundale@herald.ca @bbundale The Chronicle Herald, April 1, 2015 Halifax’s top number cruncher has been given the go-ahead from councillors to put the final touches on a proposed $868-million budget for 2015-16. Greg Keefe, the city’s chief financial officer, presented details of the draft municipal operating budget to council’s committee of the whole Tuesday. The budget is about $23 million higher than last year’s $845 million budget, a roughly 2.7 per cent increase. The finalized budget will be presented to regional council April 28 for approval. Despite dropping the…

Fares gives clout to N.S. immigration efforts

JOHN DeMONT – jdemont@herald.ca @CH_coalblackhr t – John DeMont is the Senior Writer for The Chronicle Herald. The Chronicle Herald, April 1, 2015 The poster boy for how immigration can give our economy a jolt didn’t speak a word of English when he arrived in Halifax in 1976 to take engineering at Dalhousie University. But Wadih Fares had family here. Plenty of folks from his Lebanese hometown of Diman had already put down roots. And he had the drive to know that working under the thumb of the Irving family — his first job was as an engineer for Strescon,…

Is Nova Scotia the next Detroit?

ROBERTA HAWKES – Roberta Hawkes was a Halifax resident from 2005 to 2014. She has a master of health administration degree from Dalhousie University and has worked at the Globe and Mail and Fusion Halifax. She works as an accountability analyst with Alberta Health. The Chronicle Herald – April 1, 2015 How bad is Nova Scotia’s financial situation? How much debt is too much? Could Nova Scotia follow Detroit into bankruptcy? How do the financial situations of the two jurisdictions compare? These were the questions I asked myself as I read Nova Scotia’s financial statements to write a final paper…

Seniors still face long waits for places to live

Advocates note little progress in time it takes to get into government housing MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER –  mgor man@herald.ca @MichaelTGor man The Chronicle Herald, March 31, 2015 Despite plans announced last fall to use all of an unspent $42-million fund to decrease the list of people waiting for a government housing space and adding 300 units to the program, demand remains steady and, in the case of seniors, is increasing. The wait-list for seniors housing accounts for about two-thirds of the total wait-list of 4,700 and has increased by 600 since the fall of 2012, when 500 new units…