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To the editor,

In the report submitted to Halifax Regional Council by staff regarding further concerts on the Common it is written:

"Council needs to be satisfied that the duration of disruption is minimized and the disrupted use is returned as quickly as possible. This was done with success during the Rolling Stones concert by only closing off the areas of the Common that were absolutely necessary and opening up the site as quickly as possible afterwards. All in all, the full North Common site was unavailable for just under three days."

—From "Use of the North Common and Memorandum of Understanding with Events Halifax Regarding Major Outdoor Concerts," March 6, 2007, pages four and five.

If you read the last sentence again it states "the full North Common was unavailable for just under three days." I would suggest the councillors visit the North Common and see the fence that has surrounded roughly one quarter of the total area of the park since the concert to allow for repairs to the damaged areas of the park. (On Patrol gave the fence a ticket on March 29.)

It is my understanding, reading the report, that in this passage chief administrative officer Dan English and deputy chief administrative officer operations, Wayne Anstey, at best misled the mayor and council and at worst, lied outright. Council then voted on the grounds of misinformation to approve further concerts.

My question is, what recourse does the public have when its trust in the public officials is broken so blatantly?

By Dusty Keeler

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