First priority for HRM's new REGIONAL Council should be, consistently refer to our Region as HRM or Halifax Regional Municipality and STOP referring to our Region as the City of Halifax. The former City of Halifax, is a community like all the other communities in HRM ... there are no cities. Wish the media would do the right thing and report accurately.
To Baldurash... thank you for your effort. All I can say is that finally Destination HRM is finally getting the message to be more inclusive. I have to admit I hadn't checked it for awhile .. I was sickened when a video on Clam Harbour Beach was in Halifax and minutes from Downtown Halifax ... so wrong on both counts. There was another video featuring a female who loves Halifax .. surfing on Halifax beaches and trails (though not mentioned by name, the beach was Lawrencetown Beach and she was cycling on the Salt Marsh Trail) in her backyard or something of that sort. It is misleading and inaccurate information.
"River", Warren may not speak for everyone in Dartmouth but he speaks for many. It is never embarrassing to stand up to bullies and fight for what you believe in. Community identity is certainly worth the effort. Tell me how you differentiate pronouncing Halifax vs H/\LIF/\X? There are now two levels of Halifax ... the community of Halifax and HRM. How dumb and confusing is that? Halifax Regional Municipality is who we are as a Region; the word Regional ensure inclusiveness for all communities within HRM with their identities intact. H/\LIF/\X serves only Halifax ... check out Destination Halifax to see for yourself. Also take a look at the points of interest on the http://Halifax.ca website .... somewhere near the end you will find something on a community outside the community of Halifax. Our tax dollars are paying for this glorification of Halifax. Unfortunately, what is spouted by the makers of H/\LIF/\X and some councillor's, "What's good for Halifax is good for the HRM" is simply and clearly not true. Unfortunately, it's far more than a logo. Evidence is everywhere. Our communities are paying a hefty price for the makers of H/\LIF/\X obsession with all things "Big", including their egos. Also, there are no cities in the Province of NS .. check it out for yourself.
We as the HRM community need to address the poverty, housing, and addiction issues and also support positive youth engagement initiatives. Crime grows where poverty and hopelessness exists because there is always someone (a crime leader) ready willing able to direct these young people to life of crime & usually drugs (escapism), giving them a opportunity 'to make it' ... but what they don't say is that they (crime leaders), reap the rewards of said crime while keeping our youth addicted and in need of crime endeavours to feed their addiction. Why can't we as a community offer a more wholesome, life affirming approach to these folks in need. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Yes, we need a lobbyist registry. We also need a registry to track and correct media when they refer to Halifax as a city. Again, Halifax is one of many communities in HRM, legally Halifax Regional Municipality. Jacob Boon is more accurately the HRM Municipal Editor. If the Coast insists on referring to Halifax as a stand alone city, then I must insist the same consideration be given to Dartmouth. ...The City of DARTMOUTH, City of Lakes. It has a nice ring to it don't ya think!
I for one am flummoxed at the Coasts inability to grasp the fact Halifax is NOT a city!!!
It is my opinion that though the gross amount of HRM tax money wasted is an important issue, the bigger issue is one of community identity. This re-branding exercise is, again in my opinion, deceptive and its true objective is to ease the transition of our legal name, Halifax Regional Municipality, to simply that of Halifax. It is my understanding that at the time amalgamation was forced on us, communities really didn't have the option to say no, but it was agreed that HRM would not ever become just 'Halifax'.
Rebranding does not put Halifax in a better light globally, it confuses people especially tourists. We should be celebrating the differences of our regional communities and NOT assimilating them. In a world that over uses acronyms, it surprizes me that our municipal leaders have a problem saying HRM. The word regional has only 3 small syllables; how difficult is that to say... really?
'Live the Brand' is an expensive strategy to, in my opinion from what I have read on the "Halifax" budget/strategies website, shove the 'Halifax' brand down our throats so it wipes out the names of the other regional communities, to brainwash us to believe we are all one happy "Halifax" family. All municipal staff will be undergoing special "Live the Brand" training, (... so they are better able to deal with dissenters, such as myself?).
It irks me to no end to see the various forms of media refer to our region as just "Halifax". The communities they serve do not identify as being from Halifax. Many people complain about the rebranding but are unwilling to speak up; which is serves the powers that be well. Some city staffers feel they are being 'muzzled' and fear they will lose their jobs if they speak out against the Halifax brand (well at least 3 staff members I talked to about it). Is it so difficult for media to refer to our Municipality as HRM, or say the Region, anything but just Halifax. Of course, if referring to an area within the community of Halifax say Halifax ... but PLEASE DO NOT refer to communities from Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Bedford, Sackville, Ecum Secum, etc as Halifax. Instead of unifying our communities, it is creating a great divide!
I love the City of Halifax; I lived there during my young adult life. However, I was born and raised in Dartmouth and it is my community. I identify as being from Dartmouth and do not consider being forced to identify as from Halifax as an option for me. It's just wrong on so many levels.
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