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Will Council rework Council? 

Council decides to look at tweaking HRM's electoral districts, reducing the number of councillors and changing the whole power dynamic of the city. Or will they?

This week Halifax councillors decided to look at tweaking HRM's electoral districts, reducing the number of councillors, changing the relationship between rural and urban districts and increasing the power of community councils.

The approved council motion sets out a tight timeline: By February 24, 2010, a committee will bring back "appropriate alternatives" for HRM's governing structure, including the size of council and its relationship to the presently powerless community councils. By September 28, 2012, the committee will bring forward proposed district boundaries. And by December 31, 2010, we'll enter the new age of supposed rational governance.

But there's no chance at all any councillor will agree to eliminate his or her district, or that the province will sign off on a scheme to change the HRM governance structure. Consider this simply an exercise in political masturbation.

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