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The world’s most delayed no-brainer

Mike Fleury moves naughty autos.

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On Tuesday, council finally agreed to stop parking their cars on the Grand Parade. And hey, it only took a few years!

Council approved the recommendation, along with several others, as part of a sweeping land development plan put together by city staffers. The linchpin of the plan involves a land swap between the province and the city—the city will gain control of the former infirmary site on the corner of Spring Garden and Queen, while the province will gain control of the former Birks site (currently a vacant property) near Barrington. In addition to booting cars off the Parade, the deal also ensures that the city will be able to use the property on the corner of Spring Garden and Queen for a new public library.

Council cars will move to the Birks site as an interim measure; the province would ultimately like to redevelop that as office space. If and when that happens, councillor cars will have to move again. But wherever they end up—and here's the part we really like—they won't be back on the Parade.

One minor disappointment: council has set a deadline to implement the plan by September 1—not exactly overnight. Currently, there are no set plans as to how the space might be redeveloped—but if anyone needs help setting up an outdoor skating rink, give us a call. We'll bring the hose.

Harper vs. women

To mark International Women's Day on March 8, Stephen Harper will be put on trial (well, mock trial) at the Olympic Centre on the corner of Cunard and Windsor for his multiple offences against women. Court is in session at 6pm. If you've ever wanted to see the Satan-arse-licking Stephen Harper squirm on the stand, this might be closest you'll get.

"One primary issue is how this government has removed the word "equality' out of the mandate for the Status of Women," says organizer Paulette Sadoway. The Harper government has also cut $5 million from the Status of Women Canada's annual budget, effective April 1. And, completing the negligent triple play, the federal Conservatives have stopped funding women's organizations that participate in lobbying, advocacy or research on women's rights.

"Basically, it means they no longer have to look at policy structures with a view to evaluating whether it's inhibiting women form reaching their equal status," says Sadoway.

Cuts will also force many regional offices for the federal Status of Women to close—the Halifax office, located on Quinpool Road, is no exception. After the trial, there will be a march from the Olympic Centre to the Halifax office on Quinpool Road to protest the impending closure.

Dream in red

As reported here a couple of weeks ago, the city is holding two public meetings this week to discuss the future of the Khyber Building on Barrington Street. Earlier this month, the Khyber Arts Society were told by the city that they could no longer rent out the Red Room on the main floor the building because that room was no longer included on their lease.

The first Community Brainstorming Session was held last night, but there's still time to get in on round two. If you've got a vision for the Red Room, or a sweeping vision for the Khyber Building in general, the second meeting will be held this Saturday in the Khyber Building from 2 to 4pm.

Having crazy visions? Email: mikef@thecoast.ca

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