David Hendsbee’s biggest contribution to the commonweal this year has been to make sure HRM has a town crier. He’s been on this file since at least 2009, when as deputy mayor he implemented a succession plan after the unfortunate passing of the much-loved Peter Cox. This past year, Hendsbee convinced council to hire David Nimmo, of Dartmouth, for the duties, and to pay him $300 a month.Town criers like Nimmo serve a role in tourism promotion, right up there with the didilly-didilly music and the kilts, but Hendsbee’s obsession with the position seems to come from a sad realization that he’s picked the wrong career path. His odd behaviour at council starts to make sense when you realize he wants to be the town crier. Like town criers, he dresses in loud colours—a Boston Bruins jacket is typical attire—and is forever yelling “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” before blurting out some nonsense while shaking an imaginary bell at passing clouds. This would all be great fun if bus loads of tourists from the cruise ships regularly pulled up at City Hall and drunken Americans filled council chambers to admire our quaint culture, but until that happens, it’s mere disruption.
posted by REBECCA DINGWELL, Oct 21/16
Surprise! Islamophobic commenters get it wrong. comments 7
posted by EVELYN WHITE, Oct 20/16
The inaugural Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy wants to inspire young lawyers, and elevate Indigenous affairs at Dalhousie. comments 4
posted by JACOB BOON, Oct 16/16
Six new faces elected to city hall after a night of close finishes and surprising upsets. comments 6
posted by MOIRA DONOVAN, Oct 14/16
Halifax continues to fight a valiant, apparently futile struggle against voter apathy. comments 0
posted by JACOB BOON, Oct 13/16
Barry Dalrymple is the only outgoing city councillor publicly endorsing a successor. comments 0
posted by MOIRA DONOVAN, Oct 11/16
Short of bringing back Halifax County, can we ever hope to be one, big, happy municipality? comments 1
Perhaps one elected board for the province would suffice. Wouldn't this be a clearer path…
Having lived in the neighbourhood a decade, I can attest that beer cans/bottles, cigarette butts,…
To add, congratulations Naiomi. You are a role model!