Municipal Election 2016

Streeter: what changes would you like to see in Halifax?

What our generation wants

"I would like to see more entertainment here, I would like to see the streets around the city become wider, I would like to see more chances for students to have jobs after they finish their degrees...We want to see more festivals. We don’t want a Disneyland, but we want something that is similar to that. There are no games here. Entertainment, there is a lack in this field.” -Mohammad Alsaleh

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“Definitely a huge improvement in public transportation and improvement in bike lanes and bike safety.” -Kathleen Mifflin (right) “There is a lot of the downtown area that is so underdeveloped right now. There’s so much space right on the waterfront that could be turned into a productive space for businesses.” -Angela Moores (left)

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“There’s the crosswalks here where cars are allowed to go into them when there’s a crosswalk sign. I feel like it's a little bit going against what the purpose of a crosswalk is because cars will go even if you’re in there.” -Alex Mangelli

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“I’ve liked the changes we’ve been doing to the infrastructure and city. I’ve noticed that a lot of the roads and areas in the communities, even Robie, they’ve been working on that to fix the cracks, the bumps, because of you know it’s a problem during the winter. I like that we’re working on [the roads], our tax dollars are being used sufficiently at least.” -Nikko Sancedo

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“I’m not a big fan of the fact that people can talk in the public library.” -Cambria Huff

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“I want Halifax to be kind of like an island nation, like an old Greek-style island nation. I would actually separate Halifax a little bit further into the sea, like surround it entirely, so that one couldn’t escape – no bridges. We would just sort of move it over to the side and it would just be in water and then Halifax people would have to interbreed eventually creating their own little mix of people. And no, no airports, we would blow that. There’d be no contact with outside world or boats. That’s what I would change about Halifax, I think it’s too attached to the rest of Canada. It could do its own thing and it could do it well.” -Sebastian Gomez

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“One change I would like to see in Halifax is more enforcement on the separation of the garbage. They have really great rules about organics versus recyclables and garbage and all that stuff, but I don’t really see it enforced a lot.” -Erin Thorne

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“I want to see more things that engage young people -like music events. I feel that a lot of local artists, local events, there’s not much participation. And of course, engage the student body, musically and otherwise - especially this radio station (CKDU 88.1). We’re up here at the top of the Student Union Building, but not many students actually know about us. The majority of our members are alumni that have already graduated or are old people from around the HRM. So we’re really trying to get the student body in here...and turn the city into a place that is really friendly to young people and where young people can have multiple opportunities, career-wise and extra-curricular-wise to flourish.” -Enze Yang

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“I want to see more [technology companies]. There are some start-ups [here], but not as much as we get in Ontario. If you go to Waterloo, you will clearly see the difference - or in Toronto or in Montreal or in Vancouver, in British Colombia. You will see a significant pay difference. You will get more pay there, compared to what you get here. In order to get like $50,000 a year [here], you have to work hard. In Ontario, you will start from 50 to 60 very easily.” -Jay Patel

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written by Alexander Johnson
October 7, 2016 4:01 pm

Election season in Halifax has arrived, and with it come the discussions of what should be done to make Halifax a better place. In the spirit of the municipal elections, we decided to ask university students in Halifax what changes they would like to see in the city.