As a former resident of Halifax/Dartmouth and NS in general, couldn't hurt to y'know, clear the whole walk in front of your property. I remember the frozen sidewalks and slush walks that soaked my boots and froze my feet. In A LOT of cases, it was sheer laziness on the part of the property owner NOT clearing their driveways, walkways and sidewalks. I used to do that myself at an apartment building I lived in. If I had to leave early and it wasn't done, I just grabbed a shovel myself and did when I woke up. It sucked bad, but man, it kept things nice around the building at least. Everybody wants to blame the city, but it's your city too, you can help. That being said, clearly the city has to do their part as well, 'cause not everyone is able to pitch in. The city could just blow it's budget knowing it has to deal with this, couldn't it? Could some summer road work that no one asked to have done maybe just not get done in exchange? Is there no auxiliary dump site that could be utilized for snow removal and clearing? Could and extended effort be made to keep storm drains cleared and maintained to aid with flooding sidewalks and roads? I certainly don't have the answers, but I can guarantee that no protest that I've ever witnessed in Halifax has ever made a difference. I wish you luck, you've all been hammered with ridiculous snowfall and freezing conditions this year.
I'm back in Ontario myself. Left Halifax/Dartmouth in October 2012 after 12 years there. It broke my heart. I still think about it often and haven't even had the opportunity to get back for a visit. I never had the education you had, but as someone who held on tight to a retail job that I loved at first, then loathed, and now accept comfortably, I found my own options incredibly limited when my employment was threatened. I'm luckily financially stable with a salary and benefits at this same job, but I had to make the move because the only other option was to find myself unemployed in NS. As a manager of the store, the amount of resumes I saw DAILY (and still see here in ON) is overwhelming. To find myself in the same place as countless part-time applicants was nerve-racking. The upside? A whole mass-exodus of my friends found their way to Toronto and the surrounding areas in the past 2-3 years. There a lot of people in NS that I miss, but I have a lot of people near me here now. Everyone who made the move has continued to be employed or has made the successful transition into new employment, some of which landed their career choices. NS will probably always be a part of your heart, but if you want to have a comfortable, financially sound life, make the move west. I've come to think of NS as a place you can go to retire. Make your money, live your young life in a faster pace, then move back to where your heart is fondest. Buy that country property, grow your garden and relax by the Atlantic. PS, I'm only 35 myself.
There are too many comments to read before I masturbate, so I'll just say that I see it as "try before I buy". I buy what I like, I delete what I think sucks. I have kept things that are "nearly" (or actually) impossible to acquire physically, either due to availability or price, but that's gotta be like, less than 10%. So I'm a 10% thief... I can live with that. I think everyone's at least a 10%-er in some regards at some point for something.
I've been given no reason to give up on cats, but many reasons to give up on people. Most animals win over people. Except pigeons.
Do you think it could come down to just personal taste? Or are we talking about exposure? Couldn't personal tastes be what leads to more/less exposure?
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