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

“…Council need 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 which was 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 4 and 5.

If you read the last sentence again it states that "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 been up around roughly one quarter of the area since the concert to allow for the damage done to be repaired.

It is my understanding, reading the report, that in this passage, the Chief Administrative Officer, Dan English and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer – Operations, Wayne Anstey at best misled the Mayor and Council and at worse, lied outright. Council then voted, on the grounds of misinformation to aprove further concerts.

My question is, what recourse does the public have when its trust in the public officials is broken so blantently?Dusty Keeler2-2097 Creighton StreetHalifax, Nova ScotiaB3k 3R5home number 446-7767daytime phone number 422- 6287

By Dusty Keeler

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