Paving expected to cause stop and go traffic

Commencing today, July 24 and continuing on Monday, July 27, 2009, weather permitting, there will be paving on the Bedford Highway from Millview Avenue to Southgate Drive.

Motorists are advised that there will be lane closures and stop and go traffic between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. as a result of this work and drivers are requested to find alternate routes, if possible.

HRM apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this delay may cause.

On the block?

Two community-owned buildings - the old Bedford fire hall (above) and the historic Teachery - may be put up for sale by Halifax Regional Municipality. The possible move by HRM is not going over well with some Bedford residents. Story to follow.

Two community-owned buildings - the old Bedford fire hall (above) and the historic Teachery - may be put up for sale by Halifax Regional Municipality. The possible move by HRM is not going over well with some Bedford residents. Story to follow.

Pedestrian charged in collision

Halifax Regional PoliceHalifax Regional Police has charged a man in relation to a pedestrian-vehicle collision in Halifax Monday afternoon.

At 1:51 pm police were called to the 6100 block of Quinpool Road after a pedestrian, attempting to cross the street, was hit by a car.

The vehicle was heading westbound on Quinpool Road when a man, who was not in a crosswalk, entered the roadway and was struck, knocking him onto the hood of the car.

The 19-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.

Police have charged the pedestrian with failing to yield to a vehicle.

Halifax Regional Police would like to remind pedestrians of the importance of using designated crosswalks when crossing the street and to make eye contact with drivers before entering the roadway.

Crime rate down in HRM, but still above national average

Halifax Regional PoliceViolent crime has been trending downward in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), however, rates are still above the national average, according to an annual report on crime statistics in 2008.

The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics released its Crime Statistics in Canada 2008 report on Tuesday. The annual report contains information on police-reported crime across the country.

Crime and violent crime in Halifax trended downward for the fourth consecutive year. More specifically, both the volume of police-reported crime and its overall severity dropped nine percent in 2008.

Rates of break and enter were down 23 percent, motor vehicle thefts were down 20 percent, and robbery was down 11 percent.

Further, both the overall volume and severity of police-reported violent crime were also down in Halifax in 2008. The volume of violent crime was down eight percent, while the severity of violent crime was down seven percent.

Despite these decreases, both the overall crime rate and violent crime rate in HRM are above the national average. Police also point out that there has been a spike in violent crime, namely robberies and shootings, in the first six months of 2009.

Rapide construction

Bedford's new French high school is going up quickly in the Ravines subdivision of Bedford South. Story to follow.

The new French high school is going up quickly in the Ravines subdivision of Bedford South. Story to follow.

Green Leader Ryan Watson to resign

green-party-logoGreen Party Leader Ryan Watson has announced his intention to resign. Watson will remain as Leader until the Annual General Meeting this fall, where a new Leader will be elected.

In a letter to Green Party members and supporters Watson says that the decision to resign has been difficult, but “it has become clear that it is time for another transition.”

In his letter Watson also stressed the importance of continuity, and his commitment to working to support the next phase of growth for the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

The following letter was posted on his blog, elaborating on his decision:

Dear Green Party members and supporters,

It has been an honour to serve as leader of our party for the past year. The Green Party is now entering a new phase, and I have decided to resign from my position to open up space for new energy to emerge.

I will continue as leader until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this fall, where a new leader will be elected.

My intention is to continue to work with all Green Party members over the coming months to lift the level of communication, help increase our organizational capacity, and build our energy for the AGM.

The greatest challenge we face is finding ways to work creatively and democratically though our conflicts and differences.

We all have great passion for positive change in Nova Scotia, and our diversity will become a strength when we can transform this passion into momentum for the party.

The decision to resign has not come easy. I believe in this party, and I believe that I have something positive to offer as leader.

But it has become clear to me that it is time for another transition. We need a new focus on the issues, and a new energy to move forward into the next electoral cycle.

But we also need stability and continuity, and I remain committed to working to support the next phase of growth for the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

Thank you to members, friends and supporters who have worked so hard for our party over the past year. I continue to believe that the Green Party has a unique and valuable contribution to make to Nova Scotia politics.

I will do everything I can to help this party realize its full potential in the years to come.

Yours in the vision of a greener Nova Scotia,

Ryan Watson
Leader, Green Party of Nova

For more information, please contact Ryan Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 482-6100.

RCMP to launch ‘Preventor’

RCMP logoThe RCMP are about to add a new seaworthy weapon to their arsenal.

On Friday, the Mounties will launch their new 42-foot vessel called ‘Preventor’, which will be used for enforcement of criminal code and other provincial statutes along the Nova Scotia coastline.

The ‘Preventor’ will also be used to gather intelligence during marine patrols to reinforce border integrity. And during major international events, such as the 2009 Tall Ships, the ‘Preventor’ will provide security of coastal waters and shorelines.

The official launch of the vessel will take place on Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

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