Howard Epstein, MLA and Bernie Smith of the North End Business Association join us in studio. Wednesday, Aug 15th, 12:30pm.
Looking around the North End, it's obvious that things are picking up.
Whether you call it gentrification or revitalization, the big question
is what will happen to the people that resided in the North End before
the boom? Will the boom bring the usual problems of gentrification,
where a city's former residents are forced to move further away from
where they once called home? Or, can we revitalize the city in such a
way that brings genuine mixed-income communities with services,
businesses, and cultural activities that are inclusive? Next week's
North End Matters will bring together our host Charla Williams, Howard
Epstein, MLA, and Bernie Smith of the North End Business Association
to discuss these topics and more.
Bernie Smith is a fixture in HRM. He served as the Chief Financial
Officer for the City of Halifax for 23 years and also served as the
Deputy Minister of Finance for the province. In 2003, Bernie began
managing the Spring Garden Road Area Business Association. After
leaving the Association in 2010, he formed the North End Business
Howard Epstein is MLA for Halifax Chebucto, a lawyer, a former Halifax
City Councilor and part-time professor at Dalhousie University,
teaching environmental law. He is also the Ministerial Assistant to
the Department of Community Services (with a focus on housing
programs), Vice Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and a member of
the Law Amendments, Resources and Veterans Affairs Committees. In his
private practice, Howard specializes in labour law, municipal and
planning law, and environmental law.
Both Howard and Bernie keep a close eye on developments in the North
End. North End Matters is very excited to bring their unique
viewpoints to our discussion.
North End Matters is a live-streamed, online talk show that brings in
policy makers and service providers to discuss upcoming changes in the
North End. We stream live at haligonia.ca and anyone can join our live
discussion by using the chat service built into the stream's page.