Posts Tagged ‘Municipal’

We are not the eight per cent

In the last municipal election, eight per cent of eligible voters between the ages of 20-29 cast their ballots. Compared with 37% overall turnout, young people in Halifax were poorly represented. In the lead-up to this election, there has been a push not only to encourage young peple to vote, but to inform them about…

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Will the municipal election be bad news for your landlord?

  It’s well known around Halifax that undergraduate students are financially naïve –especially when it comes to dealing with landlords. Whether you’re away from home for the first time, or maybe just strapped for cash, finding a cheap place to live can be treacherous. It’s all fair game for the landlords in this city, and…

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Go vote, you crazy kids

Do you ride the bus? Do you like having your garbage picked up? Do you want to pay less rent for your apartment? Do you like the fact that you can call 911 and receive emergency services? Great. Then municipal politics matters to you. As a Dalhousie student, you presumably live in this glorious city…

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Candidate Profile: Brenden Sommerhalder

Brenden Sommerhalder could talk about urban planning all day. The 30-year-old came to Halifax nine years ago for his Masters in Applied Psychology at St. Mary’s University. After graduation, he moved to the north end, the area he calls, “the most Halifax of Halifax.” He is now looking to represent that area, District 8 –…

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Halifax is home

We take our East Coast Lifestyle sweatshirts home over our school breaks, but will we vote in the Halifax municipal election this October? As an undergrad student, I’ll traipse around the city of Halifax for my fourth consecutive year. I’ll complain about the city buses if they’re late or inconsistent. I’ll enjoy a cup of…

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Candidate Profile: Lindell Smith

Walking down Gottingen Street with Lindell Smith is a social event. Drivers honk and wave out the windows. Passersby give thumbs up, while others stop for handshakes, hugs and high-fives. “I didn’t think I would have so much support, and that people would be so welcoming and excited to see a young person from the…

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Candidate Profile: Lil MacPherson

Lil MacPherson excuses herself to answer her phone. Though it’s mid-interview, her campaign manager is on the line. There is silence, then, “Oh shoot.” “Did you know about the bomb threats?” MacPherson, the only challenger to the incumbent mayor Mike Savage, is getting a taste of the situation room. The setting is a corner table…

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Candidate Profile: Mike Savage

The walls of Mike Savage’s Dartmouth campaign office are covered with t-shirts reading “I Like Mike.” Tweens, senior citizens, political veterans, optimistic newcomers, and even a little dog fill the small office with banter, laughs and the smell of the coffee. Everyone is coming together for the purpose of getting Savage reelected as Mayor of…

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