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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Reality Bites

Re: “Council to look at banning backyard fires in urban areas

Omg some people will complain about anything ! Not everyone can get out of the city to a campground you know and as long as they r following the safety rules there shouldnt be a problem

Posted by Gina MacMillan Jones on 08/14/2019 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Deniers deflated as climate reality hits home

You all want to play captain planet, but you reveal your true colors when vegans challenge you. Going vegan is the most effective thing any single person can do to combat the effects of climate change.
1. The World Wildlife Fund concluded that meat-based diets are the leading cause of species extinction.
https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/appetite-fo…

2. According to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organfization of the UN, animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701…

3. The World Bank concluded that animal agriculture is actually responsible for 90% of Amazon Rainforest destruction.
https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle…

4. When taking deforestation into account, the World Watch Institute reported that animal agriculture is actually responsible for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6294

5. Animal agriculture is so water intensive, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef.
http://www.earthsave.org/environment/water…

6. The largest group of nutritional professionals in the world concluded that we can get all our nutrients from a vegan diet and prevent many diseases.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/278867…

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Posted by James Purcell on 08/13/2019 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Martha Paynter talks about abortion on the big screen

Sorry but all I can focus on is #1; Frances? It was Penny..

Posted by Kayla 1 on 07/25/2019 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Council serves up new multimillion-dollar tennis centre

I find it amusing that in a province where pretty much everyone seems to play golf people find tennis to be an elitist sport?!? I think branching out a little and not just supporting hockey, football, basketball and baseball is a great idea!!!!

Posted by Alexandra Morehouse on 07/11/2019 at 9:44 PM

Re: “What is affordable housing, anyway?

Affordable housing? Social assistance, known as welfare, only provides $400-535 per person.

HTF can anyone live off that and try to make their own lives better at the same time?

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Posted by Survey_Member on 06/27/2019 at 4:51 PM

Re: “What is affordable housing, anyway?

Those on social assistance and minimum wage should be able to afford a basic one bedroom. Even rooming houses are charging $600 per.

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Posted by TongueThroughCheek on 06/27/2019 at 8:44 AM

Re: “What is affordable housing, anyway?

Affordable housing is defined in United States HUD legislation as subsidized housing. Housing affordability is a policy goal aimed at market incentive or regulation absent a cash transfer.

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Posted by TSL on 06/26/2019 at 2:15 AM

Re: “What is affordable housing, anyway?

Everyone I know seems to say "tough luck, we're all struggling" when we talk about out-of-control rent in this city. If we all came together and realized that it doesn't have to be that way, we could make things change. We could say, collectively as the city of Halifax: No, these new multi-million dollar buildings are NOT going up in our communities unless they provide affordable housing FOR our communities. Income Assistance allots $535 at the most for a single person to pay rent. The average person with a full time job is making around $1500 on minimum wage. We need 1 bedroom apartments that are around the $500, including heat/hot water, range in order to keep our young people and retirees here. My father lived in this city his entire life, born and raised, and can't afford to continue living in the community he grew up in. I can't afford to live in this city without a roommate. Adults will full time jobs should NOT be required to live with complete strangers. These studio apartments for $1000 are INSANELY unaffordable and unrealistic. Who decided STUDIO apartments were acceptable to live in, anyway? We need to increase the standard of living for our citizens. Could we say affordable housing where the rent is scaled to 30% of the renter's income, but require people to apply for those units, and only rent them to people making less than $1500 monthly, who are residents of Halifax? I want to see families, elders who were born-and-raised here, and young professionals trying to get their lives started here, having access to affordable homes. The thing about private landlords renting units out for profit is that the practice is predatory by nature. Sure, my landlord *could* charge double what he is now and he would find someone to pay it. Absolutely. Maybe that person would stay here for 10 years, like my upstairs neighbor, and treat the place like their own. Maybe instead it would be a revolving door of students sleeping 2, 3, 4 people to a room and creating a fire hazard... because that's what they have to do in order to have a roof over their head, because there is nowhere affordable for them to live. Not to mention the mice, rats, bugs, drafty windows, leaky roofs, out-of-order appliances, outdoor stairs and decks in disrepair, etc... I lived in a place for 3 years that charged $950 rent and the ground floor windows didn't lock. We need to regulate HOW MUCH rent can be charged and enforce landlords keeping their units in GOOD REPAIR, as well as prevent them from raising the rent an unreasonable amount year-to-year. My first apartment was $850 and the landlord raised it to $1000 after the first year. Insane.

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Posted by Amanda Cadeau on 06/25/2019 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Eight plus-a-penthouse storey building plans approved for Robie, Cunard and Compton Street block

"Councillor Waye Mason responded to affordable housing concerns with his stance that forcing developers to give discounted rates is not a sufficient solution for the problem."

I'm surprised he responded at all with that much cock/cash in his mouth.

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Posted by Bucca on 05/23/2019 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Florida man comes all the way to Nova Scotia to yell at Emera

Solar and battery is what's needed in the sunshine state.

FPL figured it out, which is why they are building the world's largest battery just 20 miles south of the coal plant these people are fighting

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Posted by Greg Valentine on 05/17/2019 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Florida man comes all the way to Nova Scotia to yell at Emera

Maybe they would be happier with a coal fired power generating system in Florida. Or a hydro dam somewhere in the Everglades?

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Posted by Robert Mutter on 05/17/2019 at 5:30 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Rugby gets kicked in the crotch by NS sports federation

For the past 37 consecutive years I have done something every spring; it consumes me. I spend countless hours volunteering my time to kids... more than 100 hours per year. I have also invested my money to help those who can't afford it. I would not change a minute of it; and now this... with a stroke of the pen (or the enter button) its all gone.

Rugby has been played in Nova Scotia Schools since 1871. It is one of the oldest organized school sports in Nova Scotia. The rules of ice hockey came from kids who learned to play rugby in OUR schools and hockey rules were basically rugby on ice... no passing forward! this rule was in effect in the NHL until the 1920s.

It is one of the most popular sports in Nova Scotia Schools. There are more participants playing varsity rugby than any other sport where I work and coach. Every year, more schools join the league and it continues to grow.

At noon today the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) announced the sport is finished -immediately. This decision has upset many people - especially the youth of today. Please join me in writing letters to my school principal; Rugby Nova Scotia; NSSAF; Sport Nova Scotia; Zack Churchill - Minister of Education; and the media. Join the petition below.

nssaf@gnspes.ca
ca@zachchurchill.com
educmin@novascotia.ca
jferguson@sportnovascotia.ca
sports@herald.ca

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Posted by Steven Lenihan on 05/03/2019 at 12:59 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Rugby gets kicked in the crotch by NS sports federation

Rugby is an incredible team sport, and while yes there is an inherent risk of injury, it teaches many skills, including team work. There aren't many sports that are risk free. This is a knee-jerk reaction that comes down to money. It's not really about injuries perse it's more about the insurance company doesn't want to provide coverage. Shame on the insurance company! They collect those premiums but they sure don't like to have to pay out. Insurance is the biggest ponzi scheme out there. Let the kids play!

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Posted by Norma Jean Insko DeViller on 05/03/2019 at 12:20 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Rugby gets kicked in the crotch by NS sports federation

The issue with rugby in NS is that theyre bringing this to schools at a far too advanced age with lack of adequate basic training. Like hockey, in the UK it starts at a much younger age when the basics are taught regarding correct tackling technique. Poor tackling technique is the cause of the majority of the incidences of concussion

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Posted by Brad Miller on 05/02/2019 at 9:19 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Rugby gets kicked in the crotch by NS sports federation

The rugby teams at high schools are a point of pride for a lot of kids. The sport provides an opportunity for lots of students who dont otherwise participate in athletics to embrace competition and work with others in the face of adversity to achieve a common goal. Of particular note, its a sport with relatively large rosters and participation is pretty evenly split between genders. By signing this petition, you are challenging NSSAF to explain the rationale behind a decision that not only affects many students, but affects them mid-season.

Where many, including the NSSAF, see sport as a fantastic outlet to promote perseverance and dedication, a 2 paragraph press release declaring that the governing body quit on them is the height of irony, if not hypocrisy.

The kids and coaches who put the time and energy into the season deserve better.

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Posted by bishopvillered on 05/02/2019 at 7:06 PM

Re: “No clear answers on stadium finances

with health care has bad has it is.the last thing we need is a Art center and a football stadium. for one thing .we don't have the people who would pay to go to the game.CTV took 2 polls and the majority of people said we can not afford it. with HEALTH CARE in the shape it is .you tell me.

Posted by teabarry on 05/01/2019 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Ferry service betweem Sir Sandford Fleming park and Jubilee Road to launch

Very cool! I was a lifeguard at the pool at the Halifax Police club when it used to be there and got to know Jimmy Gowen as we'd sit and have a nice chat every morning. He was quite a character and it gave me goosebumps reading this will be named in his honour.

Posted by Dirk Vanderwal on 04/28/2019 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Ferry service betweem Sir Sandford Fleming park and Jubilee Road to launch

Its Sir Sandford* Fleming (not Sanford).

Posted by Roger Roome on 04/28/2019 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Introducing The Coast Cannabis Sessions

Where exactly in downtown Halifax? What time? How much? Put on by whom?

Barb

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Posted by Barb Blakey on 03/26/2019 at 2:46 PM

Re: “NDP executives resign in protest over party leader Gary Burrill

Personally at this point I don't think it matters who gets in,because your only as good as your promise.I think N.S is sick and tired. of all the b.s we are fed.We go out we vote we believe the partty of our choose will stand up for the underdog .They all have money to send in aid to other countries,or millions for a damn fairy.But have no money to invest in our 3rd world Healthcare,or money to get the homeless of our streets.Right here in Hailfax you have 2 parent families working their butts off trying to support their family and some of them are standing in line at food Banks.Their is really something wrong.

Posted by Elaine Day on 03/22/2019 at 8:38 PM

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