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Monday, February 6, 2012

Halifax - let's be realistic...

Posted on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Dear Haligonians, let's stop being so complacent and change our city. We bitch enough about it, it's time to step-up and change the unsettling reality that an incompetent council and mayor has chosen for us. I moved back to my native province from Ottawa two years ago and am stunned by the lack of governance in this city and how expensive it is to live here. I was shocked when looking for a place to rent. In Ottawa I paid $1075 a month (utilities included) for a really nice 4 bed-room townhouse. That is unheard of here. This is a pirate city where landlords get away with robbing tenants and it's time students and young professionals and families voice their outrage. Halifax pays some of the highest taxes and yet we get nothing in return for it. Landlords and real estate developers own all of us. Most of us are paying $300 - $400 more in rent than we should be for a city this size and with one of the highest crime rates. The housing market here is the same as renting, we're paying more than we should be. Groceries are also higher and so is gas. That's what happens when you have poor decision-makers elected. We also don't have an NHL/MLB team or major entertainment like other major cities have. Let's be realistic and humble about who we are and recognize that if we ever want this city to grow in a positive way (one that is realistically affordable for what we're getting) that we have to stand-up again the very few who are making unsound and unjust decisions with our money. So, next election let's get rid of this arrogant and incompetent mayor and council. In the meantime, let's form an anti-Kelly coalition to better this city. We have potential, let's realize it! —Pirate City Hostage

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