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Halifax council recap

Argyle Street parking fiasco, CBC/YMCA development

In a closed-door session Tuesday, Halifax council discussed the Argyle Street parking fiasco of a few weeks back: at 5pm on a Friday---happy hour for the bars---crews threw “no parking” signs on meters and went into businesses to warn patrons their cars would soon be towed. Businesses reportedly lost hundreds of customers. The city subsequently issued an apology that implied a private contractor was at fault, but Tuesday’s secrecy was justified as a “personnel issue,” so who knows what really happened? I’m told that there was a particular nasty exchange between a city staffer and a councillor, but nobody wants to go public with it.

Also in closed session, council agreed to move forward with a new firefighter recruitment process. It’s unclear exactly what this is about, but it seems to at least tangentially involve minority recruitment.

Back in open session, council considered an application for a new building on the CBC Radio/YMCA site at Sackville and South Park Streets. The Y wants to build a 12-storey building that exceeds height limits spelled out by HRM By Design planning regulations. If approved, CBC will move over to its TV building on Bell Road and the Y will be enlarged in a new building that also includes offices and apartments. This promises to be a contentious issue, but that’ll have to wait; council directed staff to bring back a detailed report.

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