The Halifax Green Network Plan has Arrived!

It’s finally here… and it looks pretty great! The moment that many of us have been waiting for since 2014 when the Regional Plan directed staff to create a greenbelt for Halifax has finally arrived! Halifax Regional Municipality introduced the final draft of the Halifax Green Network Plan on June 21st. Many of you have been following along. If you want … Read More

What’s Up in Halifax? A Quick Update

While waiting for the draft of the Green Network Plan, we’ve been busy engaging in other sustainable planning “stuff” in HRM. Want to learn a little bit more? Here’s a brief summary: ONE. The Atlantic Active Transportation Summit took place on May 23rd-24th, attracting advocates, planners, community members, politicians, and academics together to talk about Active Transportation in the Atlantic … Read More

Statement on Municipal Campaign Finance Accountability Review

Our HRM Alliance calls on the municipality to take a strong stance on promoting fairness, accountability, and public participation in the new by-law on election campaign financing regulations. In the 2016 Halifax Regional Municipal election, Councillors received 34% of their donations from corporations.[i] This means that over ⅓ of total donations came not from individuals, but from industries. Many of … Read More

Our Asks for the Upcoming HGNP Consultation

HRM has scheduled the Public Engagement sessions for the Halifax Green Network Plan, where they are looking to gather information from the public about how we can best implement data collected in the first two phases of the Plan. We’re advocating for the HGNP to create a Green Network (the same as a Greenbelt) to protect all our beautiful natural landscapes … Read More

Why is housing affordability an environmental issue?

A couple weeks ago, I spoke to CBC’s Pam Berman about the latest draft of the Centre Plan and expressed that my primary concern with the Plan, which is intended to direct growth in the Regional Centre for the next 15 years, is the somewhat ambiguous directions on affordable housing. The city is limited in what they can do about … Read More

Municipal Government 101

Engagement in municipal government is crucial for all the work of our many member groups. But successive Regional Plan reviews and elected changed at council can make the whole process confusing. Here are a few of the easiest ways to follow what’s happening and stay engaged: This is an Feature List Item that is part of an Feature List. Notice … Read More

MEC Run for the Greenbelt

Support the Ecology Action Centre and Our HRM Alliance’s greenbelt initiative! Why should you run for the Greenbelt? The answer is simple: we don’t have one yet! Our HRM Alliance has been working toward this goal for a long time now, and in the coming months we’ll all get our chance to have a say in the Halifax Green Network Plan. Our number … Read More

Hike The Greenbelt

Back in the summer of 2015, we Hiked, Biked, Canoed, Kayaked, Swam, Ran and Camped to show Halifax the nature we have—and what we can protect. The Halifax Greenbelt exists, and it is beautiful. Halifax’s Green Network Plan, currently in development, is our chance to keep it. This plan is an opportunity to create an inspiring system of protected natural … Read More