commented on Back to the Future
2016-10-05 14:16:59 -0300
Dartmouth the City of Lakes. I miss that more than you know, having lived here all my life.
Unfortunately my city was stolen from me and 70,000 others without so much as a nonbinding plebiscite for reasons that turned out to be fabrications and lies.
Indeed, this forced, dictatorial, city county amalgamation was inflicted on hundreds of thousands of citizens by the Province of Nova Scotia. Communities older than the province or country they are located in were dissolved without any Democratic procedure or consent, is that even legal or constitutional? I question HRM’s legitimacy, and apparently so so the voters with participation rates routinely under 40%, the last councillor ele ted garnered less than 20%!
If only it were possible to have an effective accountable municipal government with 16 representatives serving gerrymandered districts across a municipality the size of Lebanon.
If only it were possible to live in a Nova Scotia where the municipal level of government, the level of government supposedly most representative of and accessible to the people, wasn’t structured in such a way as to make that virtually impossible.
City of Dartmouth, City of Halifax, Town of Bedford, the dozens of communities throughout Halifax County. Those are good old days worth fighting for regardless of those who wish to view amalgamation through revisionist history and rose colored glasses.