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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Trees: you CAN have too much of a good thing

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 3:34 PM

A big thank you to the guys in khaki from Gagetown, NB who arrived Sunday afternoon to cut my fallen tree down to size, done in 10 minutes, and neatly stacked curbside all ready for the HRM chipper. BUT I couldn't help wondering what all this Hurricane Dorian clean-up is costing the taxpayer, much of which could be prevented if the municipality seriously rethought its tree-planting policy: On my walks over the weekend, I noticed that almost all of the fallen trees had very shallow roots; our urban environment of concrete and asphalt makes it impossible for trees to send down deep roots. My particular young tree had been planted right into the wires extending from my roof corner and right up against my underground water main. Did we learn nothing from Hurricane Juan? HRM must stop planting trees that grow to be 100 feet high: I suggest that HRM plant trees native to NS that will grow to be no more than 15-to-20 feet high. Everyone will still get their summer shade and carbon-cleaning, but they will no longer be a hazard to people's homes and overhead wires. There will also be a LOT fewer leaves in the fall clogging up our stormwater catch basins, which is a major cause of flooding.
—I Guess I Love A Man In Uniform After All
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

How to solve traffic congestion in peninsular Halifax—NOT

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 3:02 PM

Throw more asphalt and concrete at it? I think those 40-foot long asphalt ramp thingies on South Park Street are raised bike lanes, and now there are four-inch-high concrete bollards along the rest of SP Street as well. I left work at noon today, and the buses and big trucks going opposite ways could barely squeeze past each other without scraping their sides. How is reducing SP St. to a single lane in either direction going to solve traffic congestion? It won't. Every time a bus stops, traffic will get backed up behind it—and I've heard that city hall wants to reduce Spring Garden Road to a single lane in either direction as well. Are they insane?

I hate motorists as much as the next bloke, but they have to drive and park SOMEWHERE. And I can see those asphalt ramps and bollards getting smoked by the first snowplow that passes them this winter. And when the city demolishes the Cogswell Interchange? Best dust off your sturdiest walkin' shoes, folks, 'cuz it'll be the only way to get around that won't make you bonkers over the next five years!
—Glad I'm A Lifelong Non-driver
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The end of Point Pleasant Park????

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 12:01 PM

I recently read in the news that HRM has plans to improve (??) the conditions at Point Pleasant Park. Basically, they want to eliminate 80,000 trees from a section of 100,000 trees in PPP. In the article, you'll see that they plan on leaving the 80,000 felled trees to rot and provide nourishment for the forest. I'm not an expert on wildfires, but I think I know enough that you need to keep the floor of the forest clear of debris. I can only think that these felled trees would create a tinderbox that will burst into flames from a discarded burning cigarette. Are they simply being cheap, so that the company awarded the contract won't have to deal with the cost of disposing of these trees? Or is there a condo developer that wants to acquire this prime piece of property, after it has been leveled by fire? Google "summer tree-thinning post-Juan."
—I Should Rule The World
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Disability Support Program from community services

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 2:14 PM

The program is not doing enough for people with physical and mental health disabilities. If a person tries to go get help on their own, like for the proper therapy in helping with PTSD, well, community services considers going to school work, not therapy, so they make you sign up for employment works! If a person is disabled and can't work because of severe physical and mental health issues, why are they told that if they don't sign up for the program, it could effect their funding? That is the line they use on every piece of paper that is sent to clients. This is a form of intimidation. How is it helping anything?
—A concerned citizen for poverty rights
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Halifax is a garbage dump

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 1:16 PM

What a pigsty. Garbage, garbage everywhere. Mayor Savage, you should be ashamed.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:41 AM

I can see political bullshit rhetoric from a mile away, and my friends, that was some bullshit political rhetoric. —Thanks But No Thanks

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Please just go away orange hate monkey

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 9:26 AM

When will it end? Every day I wake with the hope that the 2016 presidential election was just a dream. Every day I am let down. Can't he just shut the fuck up for three minutes? —Tired of Trump's Turds of Wisdom

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Manic monopoly

Posted By on Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Hey HRM Planners, Councillors or whomever else is approving all of this construction:

It's great to create a growing city, but can you slow the fuck down for a minute? Who the hell is going to live in all of these overpriced condo/apartments? And by the way, allowing a building on the baordwalk/waterfront is just gross and you should all be poked with a stick for allowing that to go through.

There was a time when the old boys wouldn't let anything be built at all, because of historic value, and that was a pain because then buildings just rotted. But now it seems like you're just letting anything go up and at a rapid pace, without regard for aesthetics, history, architecture or just plain ol' common sense.  Did anyone think to stagger the timing of developments? Can't you wait to see how what we have now fills up before shoving other unnecessary condos/apartments/retail spaces down our throats? And don't get me started on the logistical nightmare of manoeuvring the downtown area, where the crane has become the city's official bird.

This summer was a particular disaster, and it's not like you didn't know it would be a big tourism year, what with 150 and Tall Ships and all. Did someone just say "hey, let's invite all kinds of tourists here and then not let them get around”? It's like someone is playing a crazy-ass game of monopoly up in here and it's a fucking free-for-all. Enough! DON'T SELL BOARDWALK!!

Seriously. Stop it. —Developing Distaste

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Halifax says "grasscycling"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Recycling halifax has new radio ad about "grasscycling."

"Grasscycling is when you let your lawn cuttings fall into your lawn. It is a great new idea and you should try it!"

OMFG! City hall is paying someone a good salary to come! Hey, dumbass! It is called mowing with a mulching blade. It has been around for many many decades. Just because you gave it a new word doesn’t mean that it is new.

I am pissed. I am pissed that someone pays you a salary. I am pissed that you are so smug to think that this is something that only you know about. I am floored that you don't recognize that this is not something that requires a high priced educational ad on the radio.

Do the taxpayers a favour and quit your job so someone worth their paycheque can replace you. —In the real world, you'd be fired for wasting money.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

LIEberal promises

Posted By on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 12:29 PM

You wined and dined us and told us that we were the crown jewel. We elected you and now you wont give us the time of day. I won’t be fooled again. —Wounded Veteran

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Money wasters

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:29 PM

Walking along Canal Street in Dartmouth, I come across a little park with a walking trail...only right in the middle of the trail is some stupid looking wooden erection.  Not even sure what it is... something to do with boats, some old historic boat launch or something.  How much did the city pay to put that there, right in the middle of the walking trail? Nobody wants to see that garbage?  Why is the city so obsessed with history.  MOVE ON! Why are you wasting tax payers money on this bullshit, that's nothing more than an eyesore and an obstruction.  Meanwhile, Nova Scotians can barely afford the shirts on their backs, they're taxed so hard. These lame ass politicians need to find a better way to waste our money.  Nobody is standing around looking at your stupid whatever-the-fuck. It sucks and so do you. —Politicians are crooks

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

This government is a sack of poison

Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM

To all the teachers: don't go along with the latest contract offer. You're being sold down the river by your own executive and if you go along with it then you'll just end up taking every other public sector worker with you. This government is a sack of poison laying waste to everything it touches. Have no further dealings with them except through arbitration. —I hate the Liberal government
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hey, Government, it seems we have a serious problem that can be resolved by the simple stroke of a pen, so fucking do something about it!!!

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

With the science surrounding the use of lead bullets and hunting, why the fuck are we still allowed to buy and use them in our province/country? When hunters kill an animal, they leave the carcass for the wildlife to devour, leaving shreds of the lead bullet for the animals to consume, leaving eagles and other small creatures to die a slow, painful death from lead poisoning.

We can stop this, it's too fucking easy. We have a responsibility to protect that which cannot protect itself, period, end of story. What are we waiting for? Do we make lead bullets in N.S.? Does our economy somehow rely on the sale of lead bullets? What is the fucking problem here? The house is in session, laws are being made, what's the problem? We pay our politicians well because they have to make the tough decisions, right? Then why after decades of knowing this are we still waiting for decision to be made?

As far as I'm concerned, we should have an amnesty period where the government buys back lead bullets at a ratio of 2 for 1, and after that, if you are caught hunting with them, you lose your guns, your vehicle, your house, everything. Period!!! There is no excuse for this harmful practice, we know better and we have a responsibility to change our ways. —Poprah

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I’se the b’y that thought the PM town hall was a farce

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 3:34 PM

What was with all the fluffy questions?! He had Dallaire on hand for the obvious hard questions on PTSD and the Desmond murder-suicide! Instead inarticulate, vapid questions from yokels. That Abraham Lincoln dude who asked who the real Justin Trudeau was reading from a recipe card. FFS! I guess it didn’t matter anyway. He never really did give a satisfying answer. —Disappointed
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Labour peace

Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Can't the teachers and government come together? Come on guys!  Maybe each side could give a little. How about this: One percent a year for wages to keep up with inflation; Keep the long service award but have a reasonable size of payout by either capping it or else paying a certain dollar amount for each year of service ($365 for each year worked). No service award should be higher than the annual salary of the average working Nova Scotian or the amount earned by someone making minimum wage in a year; Teachers should pay some of their retirement health benefits (25 percent) because that's only fair as other public sector workers have to pay something. I think we need a little 'labour peace of mind' in the province, which means being fair while not bankrupting us to get there. Hey Coast, how about running an online survey about what people think is a fair offer for the teachers for: wage increases, maximum  long service award payout and the percent teachers should pay for retirement health benefits? —Two Cents Worth
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