Most of the issues council deals with are political issues, and while important, they just reflect the usual back-and-forth of municipal politics. But this past year Halifax council dealt with two issues that are in a separate moral category altogether: dealing with Peter Kelly and handling the Occupy protest. On both counts, council failed miserably. Jennifer Watts is usually clear-headed on the normal political issues, and brings a thoughtful cadence to council discussions. But like most other councillors, she completely missed the boat on censuring Kelly.
As for Occupy, Watts went and met with the protesters, who share her left-of-centre perspective. Had council had an open, public discussion about Occupy, things might have proceeded much differently, but instead the council discussion happened in secret. Because it was secret, different spins could be put on the eviction---cops say council ordered it, while councillors say they never agreed to the way it unfolded.
Regardless, Watts went along with the secret deliberations, and subsequently realized that was a mistake. Her attempt to apologize for her role in the eviction was ruled out-of-order by Peter Kelly, but it was heartfelt, and brought Watts back to her political home with the social justice movement.
posted by REBECCA DINGWELL, Oct 21/16
Surprise! Islamophobic commenters get it wrong. comments 4
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 2
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
Who couldn't see this happening? GRC certainly did and knew they were in their rights…
Reading the thing on Facebook, man, there's a lot of dipshits out there.
Wasn't the Islamic Center there first?