May
Government, Leadership

Municipal Budgeting In the Age of the Pandemic

The budget process slowly drags on at City Hall. Or, I suppose over Zoom in virtual council and committee meetings. The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) created headlines with proposals to cut fire and other services in order to address a cash shortfall resulting from COVID-19. While councillors quickly responded to lessen the cuts, it is...
Mar
Energy & Environment

When A Windfall May Not Be A Windfall

When is a windfall not a windfall? When at least some of the money may have been pre-spent. Numerous news stories over the past week have dutifully announced the spending spree by the Government of Nova Scotia. Most reports have used the government line that the money was a windfall. New money. No strings attached. While all...