To Julie Fraser I assume you know that downtown Halifax as 15% or less of the population. The other 80% or more with their mental health problems, drug use etc are too far away so by your argument the downtown is the worst place to deal with these problems.
This facility should have been developed years ago. This facility will serve people up o 50 km away. It is time to not to have to travel downtown. We should also have a major medical centre with patient beds built out there as we have more than enough medical centres in the downtown which only has the people of the Halifax peninsula being close to it. It is about time that the western part of HRM have such a facility. . Right now a lot of us have to go to Sackville to get away from the congestion of downtown. Besides once you get off the self important area of Halifax peninsula most people are using cars and with a major bus terminal on Lacewood Drive busing should be easily improved.
That's it...!...we finally found the gender alternative to "fisherman"...
I've said it for years: learn Cantonese now...avoid the rush...
Just finished my taxes and I figure $8,900. I'm sending to Ottawa is misplaced cash.
What a coincidence...
Not everyone who accesses QEII services lives in metro - it's a referral centre for patients throughout the Maritimes many of whom prefer not to drive and park i the downtown area. Many QEII staff do not live on the peninsula so perhaps if staff are not parking downtown it will open up spaces for patients. Maybe putting the facility there will encourage better transit services.
It is interesting that the province had no long-range plan for future site of facility, that Liberal HRM Mayor factored into discounted sale several years ago to Banc, and now provincial Liberals pay inflated price for land to Banc. Interesting indeed.
Those folks complaining it should be downtown obviously do not live outside the city. Try getting in or out of the peninsula to the VG or QE2. I think it's a great location with parking.. buses DO go to Bayers lake and I'm sure will be adjusted so people in the west end can get there easily.
I think it is a good idea to build this facility in Bayers Lake Park. There is easy access from all highways. I don't know if there is limited bus service to this area now, but I am sure that this can be corrected in the future. Finding parking in downtown Halifax is an absolute nightmare and I think this will be an asset.
"The transit and planning advocates say the site currently has limited bus service, sidewalks, crosswalks and bike routes"
Yes, that's because it's not built yet...
Not quite sure I understand the argument here. Currently, residents in the west end don't walk to the QE2 and have to choose between a long inconvenient bus ride or endless driving around to find parking, while residents downtown can walk, take a short bus ride, or fight for parking.
If this goes ahead, residents in the west end still won't walk to medical services but they will have a short bus ride or a much easier time finding parking, while downtown residents can still walk, can still take a short bus ride, and would now have an easier time finding parking.
Calling Bayers Lake a "retail wilderness" is an ivory tower insult to a huge portion of this city. If you ever managed to pull your head out of your peninsula you'd realize the world doesn't revolve around downtown.
I don't know whether this is a good or bad project, but I do recognize a bad argument when I see it.
You can get there by bus. It just takes a great deal of time and energy. Which people don't have when they are sick or have substance abuse or mental health problems. Which many intended users will have. This is a BAD idea.
Bayers Lake is a pain just to drive in. Larry Uteck would have been a better choice.
This area is now the new Halifax anyways. Clayton park residents will be able to get there quicker than having to go all the way into the city and besides,,,you can see that they are developing the land for alot more than just this. In my opinion more people are living outside the city than inside and infrastructure can handle it alot more when they are finished with it.
What would have been better was to keep it down town, so the many people who don't have a car in the peninsula can get there in a reasonable amount of time, and focus on making parking available, which wouldn't just help with this, but also making the city more desirable to visit.
Yes! I agree with the previous post. How many people that I know going for a surgical procedure bike or get the bus? None. Most arrange for a drive even when they drive themselves because it is part of the recovery. There are other places throughout the city for people to have blood collection done. I have specialists that I visit all over HRM and do not have an issue making arrangements to make these appointments because I know in advance that they are needed. I think it's great to have easy access off the highways, easy to access for everyone and not just the downtown people.
The criticism from the usual suspects is dead wrong. This facility will serve residents from the growing western and southern suburbs of HRM who currently have to battle our inadequate street network to get to the south end and then try to find parking. The argument that nobody will go there is belied by the massive crowds found in Bayers Lake every day. Sick people do not generally walk of bike to the hospital.
I believe the Name and the Statue should remain.....not to be in honour, but to remind us all of where we came from and not to repeat such injustice to any person or race ever again. If we remove these things, they will become but only a vague memory to possibly only a few. If they stay as they are it will be a continual reminder and if we even forget a little it will be there to reminds us to at least look and discover why.
This is a monument to racist, colonial slaughter. I say we place placards explaining this. Halifax is founded on genocidal philosophy and actions.
According to historian Geoffery Plank, both combatants understood their conflict as a "race war", and both the Mikmaq and British were "single-mindedly" determined to drive each other from the peninsula of Nova Scotia. The bounties were not effective. Cornwallis was forced to dramatically increase what he was willing to pay for a scalp in March 1751. This increase only resulted in one scalp being collected within the following four months.
This SJW failed to mention the Dartmouth Massacre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Dart…
Study history, understand the context and leave it alone.
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