Halifax’s top tales of 2017

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Canada is saying see you later to its sesquicentennial 12 months and wrapping up the nationwide birthday celebration of this u . s .’s 150th birthday.

In Nova Scotia, news followers this year had been supplied with reports filed on the usual topics, inclusive of: ultimate Stephen McNeil’s Liberal authorities, health care, our schooling device, the province’s public-quarter unions and the weather.

here at home, 2017 turned into some other 12-month navigation through in no way-finishing information.

What follows is a glance back at a dozen newsworthy occasions in the Halifax area that made headlines locally.

FEBRUARY: A snowstorm that hit the province basically shut down the Halifax vicinity. It forced all faculties to shut, cancelled community occasions, disrupted public transit and led to the cancellation of every flight out of Halifax Stanfield international Airport.

JUNE: Halifax local college Board members voted to have college students listen to a every day declaration acknowledging the board’s colleges are located at the ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq, the founding people of Nova Scotia.

AUGUST: Halifax council permitted a $7.3-million venture to offer a new, entry/exit ramp (at the Halifax aspect) for cyclists the use of the Macdonald Bridge. The cash has been earmarked for bridge cycling infrastructure on both aspects of the harbour.

AUGUST: After a strike lasting close to 19 months, The Chronicle usher in and its unionized newsroom personnel reached a agreement – with the assist of an business inquiry commissioner appointed through the province. The workers’ new collective agreement is an eight-yr deal.

SEPTEMBER: due to worries over Halifax police road assessments concerning black citizens, the Nova Scotia Human Rights commission hired an outdoor expert to check street-take a look at facts inside the context or racial profiling.

OCTOBER: The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society disbarred attorney Lyle Howe, following the maximum costly disciplinary hearing in the regulator’s records. Howe is seeking a judicial review of the ruling from the NSBS; the society needs the courtroom to quash his request.

OCTOBER: John Dunsworth, a famous actor and an outspoken anti-gambling recommend, died on Oct. sixteen, at age 71. He changed into perhaps great recognized for his function as whisky-fuelled Jim Lahey on the Trailer Park Boys series. Dunsworth, who for a time had a video lottery terminal dependancy, became a vocal campaigner hoping to rid Nova Scotia of VLTs.

NOVEMBER: The lengthy-awaited trial of Christopher Garnier, who’s charged within the 2015 demise of Catherine Campbell, an off-duty police officer, commenced in Halifax with jury choice. The Crown alleged Garnier punched and strangled the 36-year-antique, whilst the defence argued Campbell died by chance at some point of consensual tough sex. After four.5 hours of deliberations on Dec. 21, the jury observed Garnier guilty of 2nd-diploma homicide and interfering with a lifeless frame.

NOVEMBER: Following city corridor’s receipt of thirteen recent court cases approximately councillor conduct, Halifax council unanimously permitted taking part in cultural sensitivity schooling.

DECEMBER: The Halifax Explosion’s centennial turned into venerated in the days leading to, and including, the Dec. 6 anniversary of the catastrophe. A huge crowd of humans collected at a park in the metropolis’s north end, on a rainy and windy Wednesday morning, to wait a remembrance ceremony.

DECEMBER: unsolved homicides in Halifax were toward being resolved with the arrest of Tyrell Peter Dechamp at the Atlantic group in Renous, N.B. He’s been charged with two counts of first-diploma homicide within the 2016 shooting deaths of Tyler Richards and Naricho Clayton. The sufferers have been killed within a couple of days of each other.

DECEMBER: After a postpone of nearly two years, Halifax’s new convention centre formally opened. The downtown website online, part of the $500-million Nova Centre development, has been a controversial task from the get-cross. Contentious troubles protected public cash dished out for the complex, and the bad effect production has had on local agencies.

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