Critical park/wilderness budget debate Wed Jan 29, 2020

Map from 2016 HRM document
showing land ownership in
the Backlands.
Click on image to enlarge it

Halifax regional Council Council will be debating the Park budget on Wednesday, January 29 at 9:30 am. Members of the public can speak for 5 minutes. Also, letters etc would be helpful.

A couple of years ago HRM established a fund to assist in buying lands. This will be discussed at council on Wed. It is not as much money as was promised. Of direct interest to the Backlands, Council asked staff to look into the two blocks of land southeast of the Clayton lands with a view to having them come into public ownership (view 2016 document) but we don’t know what came of it. It is important to get this back on the agenda of the Regional Council, since the Shaw Park protects only a small part of the Backlands area.

More broadly, the Green Network Plan was unanimously supported and brought communities together with a shared vision. While we we wait to act on this plan, we lose rich natural spaces, essential and important corridors, and opportunities for Haligonians to experience the benefits of nature. HRM’s Draft Capital Plan commits $500 thousand, with the same estimated in the following year to parks/wilderness land acquisition. This is less than in previous years and is clearly not enough to address the needs identified through the Green Network Plan.

Please attend this meeting and/or contact your councilor to express support for increasing the budget for parks/wilderness land acquisition.

The Budget Committee meeting starts at 9:30AM this Wednesday (29th). It will be in Council Chamber, 3rd floor, at City Hall (1841 Argyle).

For writing a letter or calling: you can contact the councillor representing your home address as well as any councillors representing the site of your projects. Make sure to Cc. the clerk’s office (

The agenda can be seen here. Public participation is the first major agenda item and should commence soon after the meeting is called to order.

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