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Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

I'm not against a CFL team coming to Hfx, just against public money being dumped into it. Everyone needs to get this insane idea of a $200Mil stadium out of their heads. Look at the success of the Montreal Impact (different kind of football) and the Saputo Stadium. I've been to many sold out soccer matches there. Original capacity of 13,000, since renovated now hold 20,000. Total combined cost approx. $40mil... and this is for successful team in a much bigger market than Hfx. It's called baby steps... much like what the HFX Wanderers FC are doing. Small 7,500 seat pop-up, expand as needed. You don't succeed by making your first attempt being the moon. Again I would love to see the success of a team in the area... I just get frustrated when I hear people talking such craziness and amounts of money for buying into a league that is suffering desperately. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saputo_Stadium

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Posted by Tony1 on 11/09/2018 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Season ticket drive begins for Halifax's non-existent CFL team

Yes, a season tickets drive would be one of the ways that they would raise capital.

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Posted by Agra Phol on 11/09/2018 at 1:28 AM

Re: “WE Day Atlantic not happening

Whoops. Good catch, Sean. I've updated the piece to be more accurate.

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Posted by Jacob Boon on 11/05/2018 at 11:21 AM

Re: “WE Day Atlantic not happening

Alrighty... Gord Downie did not perform last year, due to his death on October 17, 2017.

In regards to WE day being cancelled, it is unfortunate that 8000+ youth and educators do not get to sit through a day packed with corporate sponsors and a few feel good stories.

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Posted by Sean Bernard on 11/05/2018 at 5:21 AM

Re: “WE Day Atlantic not happening

Okay... I'd guess the public criticism of its business practices was not the reason why it's not happening here this year; given it's still going strong elsewhere cements that assumption.

Why it's not happening is the real story... So, why?

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Posted by Agra Phol on 11/02/2018 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

Or we could spend the money on things we actually need like a new hospital or our shorty roads

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Posted by Matt Macleod on 10/31/2018 at 5:26 PM

Re: “No clear answers on stadium finances

One thing that has now become clear is that Halifax is getting a monorail. One thing that is not clear is the reason why we are attempting to show up Shelbyville. And Mike, that's a paddlin'.

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Posted by Agra Phol on 10/31/2018 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

Greg, I'm not telling you a thing about me. Having a different opinion than someone is not "hostile". Don't throw around words you don't understand.

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Posted by Kakera on 10/30/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

Shannon Park is the perfect spot for a new hospital, along with hotels for accommodation, restaurants for food , easy access off of highways, and lots of parking. Hang a dedicated ambulance lane from the MacKay bridge that goes directly to the Emergency department. Make the new hospital state of the art, and shut down those nightmares in Halifax.

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Posted by Nakokita on 10/30/2018 at 10:48 AM

Re: “City council refuses to voice offshore drilling opposition

He should have just focused on how dangerous and devastating a BP oil spill would be for us, I think he lost some votes by broadening the letter to include climate change as well, it made the effort seem unfocused. Getting really sick of these useless lumps Streatch and Whitman and Hendsbee etc in our council who always vote against the environment and progress. Kudos to Mason and Zurawski for at least making the effort to save our ocean environment from becoming the next Gulf of Mexico chemical cesspool.

Posted by Matthew d on 10/30/2018 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

Well Greg, I have experienced a more than 5 hour wait in the hospital emergency room. Had a kidney stone. At one point I begged them to kill me because the pain was excruciating. But because it was "only pain", it was not deemed an emergency. Now, I couldn't go to my family doctor because she is booked 2 weeks ahead of time. The drop-in clinics will not prescribe pain medication. The only option I had was to go to the emergency. And because somebody sprained their toe or had a cold, I had had to wait.

After 12:30 at night in Halifax, there are no Transit options. After 12:30 at night in Montreal, there are Transit options.

These are long-standing issues - probably older than you are. We have asked. We have begged. We have screamed. And now we are getting a stadium? How are people going to get home from the stadium after a long game? Who is going to care for the athletes who injure themselves while playing in the stadium?

Kak is simply - and rightfully - frustrated. Perhaps your bus ride is not nearly as long as Kak's. Apples and oranges are both fruit yet are equally as different.

And you are right as well. We have had a period of economic annihilation as a result of Peter Kelly and some of the still-remaining city council members. We are now in a process of playing catch-up. I'm not calling Mike Savage a Saviour but under his leadership we are seeing actual progress.

"Complain complain complain. How Nova Scotian." is not very nice. Complaining is reflective of our past experience and the frustration that we Nova Scotians have felt for decades. Voicing an opinion contrary to yours is not complaining. Prioritizing is a key element in the planning process here because there is a finite amount of money. Do we go to the bar or do we pay rent?

Anyway, I will stop rambling. What I'm asking you to do is to consider things from the other person's perspective. Don't get caught up in the emotion behind the message.

And now I'm late for work... how Nova Scotian!

(Monorail!)

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Posted by Agra Phol on 10/30/2018 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

Kakera. Easy on the agressive hostility will you. The provincial government is putting money aside for a hospital downtown. There is a plan and it is being implemented. I ride the bus to work and back and find it reliable and perfectly fine. What route do you take. When did you wait 5 hours for a emergency hospital visit. I can tell you if you need help in emergency you get it right away if it is deemed a real emergency. Stop being a hostile complainer. Complain complain complain. Move somewhere else if you dont like it here.

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Posted by Greg50179723 on 10/30/2018 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

Lots of complainers on here wanting better transit but offer nothing as a solution. Complain complain complain. How Nova Scotian.

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Posted by Greg50179723 on 10/30/2018 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

our counsel sure know how to waste money ..no idea how to spend it wisely..that formula will mean millions lost out off out pocket....smart ....

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Posted by old owle on 10/29/2018 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

Greg50179723, you know what's attractive in a city? Emergency room wait times that aren't 5+ hours long. Access to a family doctor. Hospitals that aren't flooding or full of vermin(sometimes both at the same time, apparently). Not having to waste 2 hours going to work and back by bus. You think people will stay here because we have a "world class" stadium but none of the above? That's fucked.

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Posted by Kakera on 10/29/2018 at 10:16 PM

Re: “City council refuses to voice offshore drilling opposition

He should have just focused on how dangerous and devastating a BP oil spill would be for us, I think he lost some votes by broadening the letter to include climate change as well, it made the effort seem unfocused. Getting really sick of these useless lumps Streatch and Whitman and Hendsbee etc in our council who always vote against the environment and progress. Kudos to Mason and Zurawski for at least making the effort to save our ocean environment from becoming the next Gulf of Mexico chemical cesspool. Really disappointed in Sam Austin, I probably won't vote for him again.

Posted by Matthew d on 10/29/2018 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

"You know, a town with money's a little like the mule with the spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it"

Monorail.

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Posted by Agra Phol on 10/28/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Quebec shipyard not happy with “Ships Stay Here” campaign

I agree. Davies why not set up shop across the harbor and create some healthy competition which everyone in the Maritimes need, competition with Irving! Irving, like you said, a family owned monopoly who does not have to answer to shareholders, wherever and whenever they see the chance to make a buck will overtake your business or force you to close up, take you to court and drag it on until you're broke, etc. What people also don't know is the amount of foreigners in the shipyard, it's absolutely ridiculous, headed by a tyranic group of Americans in the high up management positions forcing a large number of workers to quit and many to go on stress leave or miss days because no one wants to go there and constantly be harassed while they hide behind the law. Another item people do not know of is the vast majority of companies that directly deal with the shipyard are Irving owned. That in itself is a huge revenue for the Irving family as well. We need competition for Irving here to at least slow the blob that is Irving from continuing to swallow up business after business and pretty much do whatever they like. Also our own mp of Halifax Andy Filmore continues to turn a blind eye to the fact that the shipyard is overrun with foreigners and while we do require some positions from abroad, I personally know that the amount they have there is unacceptable! Next election get rid of this clown Andy Filmore!

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Posted by James Taber on 10/27/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

We need a city that is attractive for people to stay who in turn will pay taxes to support hospitals. The bottomless pit for transit and health care infrastructure isnt going to make us prosperous. Diversity of activities is essential and that includes a multi function stadium. Why dont we stop the bus routes that no-one rides and redirect the money to a stadium. Why dont we stop the $60 million Reno of the Forum, crappy old venue that it is, and build something new like a stadium. Lots of areas to stop the waste in Halifax. Lets build a multi function stadium and make Halifax an exciting to call home.

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Posted by Greg50179723 on 10/27/2018 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Halifax tackles funding options for $200-million CFL stadium

This will end being a disaster for the tax payer. Look at hockey in Nova Scotia and that's our national pass time! We don't have the population for it...
We need more money spent on healthcare NOW!

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Posted by dgenge on 10/27/2018 at 5:26 AM

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