Michael Murphy 
Member since Oct 8, 2013

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Re: “People suffered....

If there's a repeat performance from the city this year, I expect people will get militant. Perhaps that's why the police have submitted their requests for machine guns, body bags and mass casualty packs throughout the summer.

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Posted by Michael Murphy on 08/22/2015 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Pharmachoice in Woody Woodside <3

Food deserts. When the city cuts deals with grocery stores, so that no competing grocery stores are allowed to open up in specific areas (Downtown Dartmouth) I'm not sure why anyone is shocked that this is a way of life for many. I doubt anyone living in Woodside, who has no car to get groceries, could afford to triple their rent, or more, to live in Halifax just to have access to groceries (Those $7 cucumbers at Pete's are very tasty though I'm sure ).

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Michael Murphy on 08/22/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Dîner sans blanc

Here in Nova Scotia, won't the police just come and bust everyone for drinking in public?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael Murphy on 08/22/2015 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Internet service provider

Another vote for citywide. $55 a month taxes in

Posted by Michael Murphy on 08/05/2015 at 1:21 AM

Re: “Who’s to blame for Halifax’s roads not getting painted?

Or the fact half of the staff are gone through attrition and now they don't have enough employees to man the equipment. Where is the option to blame the CAO?

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Posted by Michael Murphy on 07/25/2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “This Halifax/Dartmouth branding war will destroy us all

The sooner we dissolve this travesty of a "regional government" the better for each of the individual units. Better for Dartmouth, better for Halifax for that matter...
This is what happens when in true Uzekistanian/Nova Scotia style, when you force a municipal amalgamation without popular buy in or support, as evidenced democratically.
No vote, no consent, no buy in.
We need a model of regional governance that respects the individual units, and there are many models that do exactly that. Unfortunately there was never a discussion, let alone a vote, on amalgamation or the charter.
Only in Canuckstan.

22 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Michael Murphy on 07/15/2015 at 7:31 AM


There have been only 31 municipal amalgamations in United States history.

Voters have rejected three quarters of all city-county referenda in the United States (imagine that - they have referendums there - I believe they call that democracy...)

It is meaningless to compare Halifax’s amalgamation to American municipalities because state laws in most cases require local actors to demonstrate that a reorganization is needed, as well as voter approval of both the prospective change and then later the specific charter. (imagine that - the state has to justify their actions there - I believe they call that democracy...)

There has been greater support for reorganization studies in the United States than for actual reorganization. Because of the substantial political barriers to successful votes, few city-county consolidations have taken place in the United States. (Rightfully so, since they typically bleed money and offer less services as a result)

In Canada, provinces have a far greater ability to order municipal organization... Here in Nova Scotia, as in Ontario, consolidation has been much more prevalent because of the absence of any legal or constitutional impediments to a province’s ability to restructure local governments without first seeking approval from voters. (All hail Canuckistan)

If you are truly interested in the subject matter – and not just looking to “dis” residents of Dartmouth for fighting for their community identity – check out “City-County Consolidation and Its Alternatives: Reshaping the Local Government Landscape” edited by Jered B. Carr, Richard C. Feiock".

A good read - you know, if you aren't just some backwoods hick with a not so clever moniker - because you are too chicken shit to use your real name - looking to take up some space on the local bitch board with your inane rantings and not so clever comments.

13 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael Murphy on 07/05/2015 at 8:38 PM

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