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Firefighter Zach Rafuse from Port Williams works to put out fires near Tantallon on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

The Grand Parade podcast: How the HRM could have avoided the worst of the Tantallon fire

In this episode of The Grand Parade podcast, Coast reporters Matt Stickland and Martin Bauman reflect on the harsh lessons learned from the Tantallon wildfire—including how the HRM was warned about the risks of a scenario like this 20 years ago.

Matt educates Martin on as-of-right development, and how it enabled the suburbs around Halifax to grow with little oversight for disaster preparedness. The two discuss the ramifications of Northern Pulp’s closure on the province’s forests and the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, as well as what the events of last week bode for the HRM’s future—and how to find hope and agency amid the spectre of industry-fuelled climate change.

Martin Bauman

Martin Bauman, The Coast's News & Business Reporter, is an award-winning journalist and interviewer, whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Capital Daily, and Waterloo Region Record, among other places. In 2020, he was named one of five “emergent” nonfiction writers by the RBC Taylor Prize...

Matt Stickland

Matt spent 10 years in the Navy where he deployed to Libya with HMCS Charlottetown and then became a submariner until ‘retiring’ in 2018. In 2019 he completed his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College. Matt is an almost award winning opinion writer.
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