Pin It

Cell: 483-0705
Grade this year: C
Grade last year: D+

Last year, I gave David Hendsbee a D+, then, a few weeks later, the Mineville community in his district burned up in a forest fire. “Not a D councillor anymore,” Hendsbee joked afterwards, referring to all the work he had to do connecting residents to emergency services.

And you know what? I agree. Hendsbee had to pretty much invent emergency political response in HRM. Moreover, when the Spryfield-Fergusons Cove fire hit last month, Hendsbee lent his time to the effort, spending the night in a Spryfield emergency shelter and using the experience he had gained in Minesville to help councillors Linda Mosher and Stephen Adams respond to the fire in their districts. As if that wasn’t enough, Hendsbee enlisted the services of a family who had lost a home in Minesville to provide a sort of ad hoc grief counselling to those residents who had lost homes in Fergusons Cove.

Otherwise, Hendsbee mostly maintains a predictably conservative political profile. He does, however, sometimes show surprising openness. He was, for example, a “No” vote on the Waterside Centre development downtown; he said he held conflicting views on the matter, but in the end he went with his gut, rather than with his usual “all business is good business” mantra.

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Tim Bousquet

Survey Asks

What else should Nova Scotia set on fire as an “alternative” fuel source instead of burning tires?

  • Donair sauce
  • Expired bus transfers
  • Our children's futures
  • Cornwallis statue

View Results

Coast Top Ten


More »

Reality Bites

More »


More »

In Print This Week

Vol 25, No 8
July 20, 2017

Cover Gallery »

Real Time Web Analytics

© 2017 Coast Publishing Ltd.