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Re: “Apartment hunting in Halifax is the worst

Jessielawrence8 this has absolutely nothing to do with dogs. Zero. Nobody cares about your dog problem. Seriously. Don't even go there. The "landlords not renting to the dog people" has been going on since dogs became a "thing" that everyone must do. Long time ago - long LONG before there was any such thing as a housing crisis. Old news. This is about people trying to find a place to live in a little port town which has been sucked into the global economy vortex over a slick of nincompoop city councilors at least one of whom has publicly proclaimed his glee about this rental crisis because it means this city is just doing so damned good, and all of whom think somehow that this is the city of Toronto.

This is about people who DON'T make 50 grand a year trying to find a place that doesn't REQUIRE 50 grand a year, which no longer exists. It puts a lot of people into the homeless category if they don't completely throw their dignity out the window and allow themselves to live among rats and cockroaches, backed up sinks and non-functioning toilets. It's a REAL problem with absolutely no solutions. It's about long term sustained suffering with no end in sight, and it's about the encroachment of 3rd world problems into what was supposed to be a 1st world nation.

You injecting this "dog" thing into this particular conversation is like jumping into the middle of an online brain cancer support forum and complaining that the paint on your Infinity isn't keeping it's luster for all the polishing you do. It just doesn't belong here.

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Posted by Try_The_Truth on 08/17/2019 at 2:47 AM

Re: “The results of The Coast's first Halifax Renters' Survey

Ever thought that publishing every editorial of all the NIMBY's that come out when a tall building is proposed might have something to do with this?

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Posted by A Morrison on 08/16/2019 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Apartment hunting in Halifax is the worst

In 2007 I rented a 2-bedroom on Lacewood Dr. for $1050/month, utilities included and even a washer/dryer in the units. Each bedroom had a walk-in closet and we had a massive living room and dining room. Filling all of the space with furniture was more a problem. Finding it was easy. Unfortunately -- anecdotal evidence tells us nothing, much like astrology.

Less time watching wrestling and more time learning things will yield an understanding that this issue is prevalent across Canada (and the US) and has been written about ad nauseam for years.

One such article has a nice graph showing Halifax ranked 19th in "wage needed to afford a 1-bedroom apartment". Link:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/ccpa-rents-minimum-wage-1.5216258

I realize that "Apartment hunting in Halifax is the 19th worst" doesn't have the same ring to it.

The call to action at the end is hilarious. Who is "we"? Everyone admits housing is a problem. Have you read anything about the west cost?

It's obvious you love to complain -- but here you are essentially complaining about the way an economy functions under Capitalism. Do you have some policy proposals that could help mitigate this problem? Are you advocating for subsidized housing? Mandatory minimum wages? A more heavily regulated rental market? Anything at all?

Maybe Iron Man 7 will have the answers.

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Posted by Rationalabilis Curiosulus on 08/16/2019 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Apartment hunting in Halifax is the worst

To combat PortWallaces comment, my experience last year was similar. It took 5 months to find a dog friendly apartment. Its over budget. I want to buy a house, but the only place we could find was way more than we should spend ($1350+util), so there goes any chance of saving for a down payment. We moved to Fairview in the end because the peninsula prices were outrageous.

This year, we looked again to see if we could find something cheaper. I thought last year was bad. Wow. Was I wrong! Were forced to stay where we are, in a place we can barely afford, because somehow every dog friendly unit is now $1500+. And no, our lease is Nov 1, not May or Sept. But I can guarantee if any of those places PortWallace mentioned are available now, they are absolutely not those prices anymore.

Something needs to change! And great article addressing these important issues!

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Posted by Jessielawrence8 on 08/16/2019 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Apartment hunting in Halifax is the worst

I agree, there are many slumlords out there but not all are bad but if you're looking for safe, you spend more (usually) and if you're looking for comfort forget about it especially if you're living next to older couples, or ppl who dont like kids if you're a mother or parents looking for places to rent.

Alot of people who dont pay their rent and get booted out because of unforeseen events and habits or noise complaints, usually ruin it for the quieter crowd which increases rent because its an unenjoyable environment.

Everyone wants affordable housing but when you're called a riffraff which I've actually heard some landlords call ppl. It makes you wonder if its increased on purpose just to sell to the ones who's pockets are deeper than those on assistance. Again, reducing the affordable housing option because not only is rent 4 times it's worth in many places, its sickening.

And if that's not bad enough theres places that actually want a credit check done which also runs it because unless u have money up the hoo hoo and wear fancy clothes they wont even look at you none the less look at your application.


It should be regulated by however many bedrooms and appliances offered. I heard the other day a friend of mine pays less than 1050 a month. 2 bedroom, huge bathroom, decent size livingroom, walk through kitchen with a dishwasher and! A washer and dryer in unit....

I'm paying 1085 plus I pay for my laundry (coinomatic) which averages about 60 a month because the machines always fail, dont spin or never dry. At 4.50 a wash& dry it gets expensive.

I have no dishwasher, my fridge freezes and my stove us older than my grandmother. The lights flicker everytime I turn my hot water kettle on and if anything it's not worth 1085 with no balcony. But its expected to get to regulated standards? Or 1180????

Sure I'm on a bus route but.... I'm also off the highway, live next to a convenience store and ppl walk by my window all the time looking in.

It's just comfort over quality? When it should be comfort and quality

Posted by Mjs902 on 08/15/2019 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Apartment hunting in Halifax is the worst

Not saying she's lying, but I think this story is definitely not the norm for Halifax (yet, anyway). The last year I rented a 2-bedroom in the West end for $830. The year before, a bachelor in the south end, steps from downtown for $825. The year before that, another bachelor downtown right on Barrington for $785, none were perfect but they were all lovely apartments and found in September when rent is notoriously low. It sounds like the writer was looking in May, when usually there is a plethora of apartments to be sublet from all the students heading home for the summer. It IS getting harder to find apartments and rents are going up, but $750 for a bachelor with no windows and $1250 for a dark one bedroom seems more like the situation they have in Toronto or New York, not here. Hopefully the city stems the flow of converting long term apartments to AirBnBs so it doesn't get that bad.

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Posted by portwallace on 08/15/2019 at 5:37 PM

Re: “The dumpster fire that is Facebook grievance peddling

I figure OP was referring to Little Tikes Car Gate on Transit from just over 2 weeks ago with Mother of the Year. Slow season during summer...site moderator was just getting around to it. Agree with the sentiment though....that mother was a 3D idiot.

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Posted by Hey MacLeod Get off My Ewe on 08/15/2019 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Tailgaters

Install a ramp on your rear bumper & roof so they can have an easy take-off.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 08/15/2019 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The dumpster fire that is Facebook grievance peddling

Whatever. This post doesn't make a lick of sense.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 08/15/2019 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Is sleep no longer important?

Good earplugs. Problem solved.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 08/15/2019 at 10:58 AM

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: “Drivers

The OP is right.. drivers in this city are idiots, including the OP: for a 'professional driver', they ought to know that the circ's speed limit is 80 km/h, and people should not be doing 100 on it.

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Posted by GMB on 08/14/2019 at 8:51 PM

Re: “The end of Point Pleasant Park????

That is overstated. The tree thinning takes place in 10.63 hectares, of PPP's total 75 hectares. Good forestry and conservation practices at work here. The fire risk is not different from the previously thicker growth, and removing the fallen vegetation would dry the exposed forest floor more than letting it all rot into a better moisture trap (aka soil), which also encourages other native growth in mosses and ferns etc.

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Posted by Andrew McLaren on 08/13/2019 at 10:45 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: “Moonrise Movies

Couldn't get website to work - tickets necessary (for numbers)?

Posted by Victoria Buchan on 08/13/2019 at 10:59 AM

Re: “What's the best freezie flavour?

these are colours not flavours

Posted by Mistah Charley on 08/12/2019 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Sexual assault allegations at Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative

@PRIYAPUS

Just a friendly suggestion; work on your comprehension skills and make sure you know what your talking about before assuming any authority to criticize it. You preach about society being reactionary, while being reactionary...

What they said is that now that there has been another allegation they have opened another investigation with the intention of being more thorough this time. As for how they plan on finding credible evidence... Your guess is as good as mine.

A one-off alegation thats impossible to prove left them with no option but to let it go undetermined, but a second finger point is what could make it "news worthy" especially if it's directed at the same person which I don't believe they confirm.

I personally hate false allegations almost as much as true ones. So I would like to know the result of their investigation, if any.

Posted by Yellow Eyed Negan on 08/11/2019 at 10:47 AM

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