Unfortunate how Kirby went about it. Not the way to win friends and influence people.
But there's more than one kind of "nonsense" and if a journalist dug deep, plenty of it would be revealed. When will the real story on this road be told? So the head honchos at City Hall are going to wait and see what happens once it's built? In the meantime, a major landowner that would benefit from this road gets a land-use by-law quietly amended by HRM Council. With no community input, the (already inadequate) Black Point Fire Station is planned for "de-commisioning" the HRM withdraws funding for the Hubbards Fire Station, (oh, it's in Lunenburg County. Take THAT, Hubbards, for straddling country lines.) Yes, there is a new fire station at Exit 5, but no matter how you slice it, it's a good 15 minute drive from there to many homes on the #3 highway. Exit or no Exit. The Black Point Fire Station is needed, and it is needed 24 hours a day. The Regional Plan? oh we'll just amend it "because things change." Excuse me? They WILL change and not for the better if the road is built. Either Hubbards or Upper Tantallon will lose major amounts of business when this road is built. When people dash off to Bayers Lake there'll be another complaint about traffic there. Oh and the Provincial government has turned a blind eye as a massive tract of land in Hubbards is cleared for a trailer park, on top of a former auto salvage yard. Brilliant. Just more "nonsense" not from one person with an agenda, but from all quarters in Government and the powers that be in the private sector. We have bridges falling apart. Narrow paved roads with shoulders that drop 6 - 8 inches from the paved surface. Huge tree branches blocking most of the wayfinding signage in the whole province. Wayfinding signs that are peeling, falling over, are vague to the point of being useless. No money for Visitors' Centres or staff. Side roads that haven't been graded in forever, or have 10 inch deep holes in the pavement. Road markings that haven't been painted all summer. No wonder there's no information. No one talks to anyone, and those who ask get shut down. Once the connector is built, and the area (conveniently near a lake) (why wonder why this route was chosen?) is developed, then will come a couple of sets of traffic lights on the new "connector." It will take some time, of course, for all this to happen. All the current politicians will be safely retired before an all new "connector" is needed. The deer, skunks, racoons, porcupines, moose, they can all live in the new backyards so cosy. Something new to complain about "down the road."
Edmonton blogger/radio programmer Aaron Levin thinks it's amazing that Halifax has a music scene? because it is so "remote"? Well, where is it he lives? Edmonton? an easy 38 hour drive from Toronto, if you take shortcuts.... and like that even matters since Halifax has probably had a music scene since 1749. Before you say something else that makes you sound uneducated, do some research!
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