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October 9, 2019

Nova Scotia Restructuring Offers New Model for Consolidation

This article was first published in Municipal World, Canada’s municipal magazine. NS Restructuring Offers New Model for Consolidation Nova Scotia’s first municipal consolidation in over 20 years is gaining attention as, potentially, a new model for consolidating two already stable and viable municipalities that are convinced they can achieve even more by coming together. The […]

Cannabis Legalization: High Time for Municipal Regulation

Weed vendors and consumers will soon be legal in Nova Scotia and we wonder if municipalities are ready.

Municipal Conflict of Interest Workshop

The seminar was presented to the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg on February 20, 2018 in Bridgewater, NS by Kevin Latimer and Chika Chiekwe.

Ontario’s New “Deferential” Approach to Planning Appeals – Lessons from...

Those interested in how the new planning appeals system in Ontario will operate may want to look East – to Nova Scotia. The Ontario government recently unveiled its proposal to overhaul the province’s land use planning appeals system.

November 1, 2017

Municipal Planning Appeals: Know the Odds

Cranes. Scaffolding. Orange vests and hard hats. Construction around Halifax keeps cruising along at an exciting pace.

Moot Gets the Boot: NSUARB Mootness Decision

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board recently dismissed an appeal as “moot” because its decision would have no practical or legal effect on the parties in Ashcroft Homes Inc. (Re), 2017 NSUARB 4.

April 26, 2017

Cannabis Legalization: Weeding Out the Regulations

As the Federal Government recently introduced its legislation to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis, it is clear that legalization is now imminent.

January 5, 2017

“So You Think You Can Dance?” Footwork for Elected Municipal...

Being a municipal councillor is a tough but rewarding calling. New to elected office and not sure where to start? Or, think you’ve seen it all and looking for some new moves?

December 5, 2016

The CAO and Council – Leading Down, Out and Up

The most effective CAOs know how to lead ‘down, out, and up.’ That’s the view of Brock University’s David Siegel.

August 18, 2016

The “Wells Report” on Municipal Ethics Systems: Window Dressing or...

The Honourable Clyde K. Wells, Q.C., released his “Report to St. John’s City Council on Recommended Adjustments to The City’s Existing Ethical Conduct Legislation” (the “Report”) in September of last year.