I'm anxious to stop bleeding electronic ink on the subject, but it looks as though the convention centre saga is far from over and will be keeping the opinion mills running for some time.
It is proper that the premier and his divided cabinet ignore the hollering and take the time to make a decision they can reasonably defend -- whatever it is.
The proposal for a new convention centre complex in downtown Halifax has been delivered, and government is chewing over the implications.
It's dispiriting to see progressives echo a right-wing municipal party/dominant media campaign against curtailing car traffic through Montréal's mountain park.
If it's become acceptable for developers to apply to bend municipal planning strategy, should it not be just as possible for ordinary citizens to seek similar exceptions in the public interest?
Gradually re-allocating road space from general purpose and parking use to exclusive 24/7 public transit lanes is now becoming normal in many cities -- even in the United States. What about Canada?
Drivers need parking. Municipalities need funding. Does parking need to be free?
Bike lanes, wider sidewalks and lower speed limits are some of the design features that can make a street into a space that is comfortable for all users, not just drivers.
The word "vision" is thrown around a lot these days as the ingredient that we lack in Nova Scotia. Alas, I'd say we have too much vision -- of the wrong kind.
With so many other better ways to spend public money for public benefit isn't it time to reprioritize the public money planned to be spent to subsidize the convention centre?