Summer 2018

While too early to call it yet , we’ve had a good Summer here in Dartmouth.

Switch,  Canada Day, Dartmouth Natal Day.  Great fun.

Dartmouth Comics Arts Festival just happened.

A few days at the Ocean beach. Queensland, Conrads, Martinique, Clam Harbour and Lawrencetown all on the tour.

The environment people are saying we’ve had the nicest Summer in over fourty years.

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Jennifer Keesmaat reviews Centre Plan

Jennifer Keesmat

UDI - Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia

As the recognized voice of the land development industry in Nova Scotia, The Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia (UDI) is part of a national network of organizations.

” Last year HRM staff drafted a Centre Plan document referred to as ‘The Purple Document’, which was endorsed by Regional Council in June as being consistent with their vision. They directed staff to create the actual policies and regulations in the form of a Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. When finalized and adopted by Council, these documents will guide development of the Regional Centre over the next few years. ”

The Keesmaat report on the HRM Centre Plan is now complete. The results were presented at a public meeting on May 9th

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Income Assistance in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, social assistance is called Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA), which replaced the Family Benefits Program and Municipal Social Assistance in 2001.

There were 26,600 cases (families and single adults) in Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance program in March 2017, and 37,700 beneficiaries, (individual claimants, their partners, and dependent children).

These numbers fell rapidly during the mid-2000s but have remained stable for most of the last decade.

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Individuals with a disability in Nova Scotia receive three thousand dollars ( 2014 dollars) less than benefits received in 1989.



50 000 Nova Scotian households are in core housing need.

” A household is said to be in ‘core housing need’ if its housing falls below at least one of the adequacy, affordability or suitability standards and it would have to spend 30% or more of its total before-tax income to pay the median rent of alternative local housing that is acceptable (meets all three housing standards).

Housing standards are defined as follow:

Adequate housing is reported by their residents as not requiring any major repairs.

Affordable housing has shelter costs equal to less than 30% of total before-tax household income.

Suitable housing has enough bedrooms for the size and composition of resident households according to National Occupancy Standard (NOS) requirements. ” – Stats Can

Figure 1 presents the core housing need prevalence rates for all census metropolitan areas.

BC Housing release Canadian Rental Index. What does it look like for Nova Scotia?

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The five provinces with the highest share of people in the 50-per-cent category are B.C. (21 per cent); Ontario (20.9 per cent); Nova Scotia (19 per cent); Newfoundland and Labrador (17 per cent); and Saskatchewan (16.4 per cent). Those households on the bottom of the income scale are dramatically more likely to be paying too much for rent: In Ontario, 60 per cent of those making less than $22,385 are in the 50-per-cent-for-rent group; in B.C., they are 66 per cent; in Nova Scotia, 63 per cent.


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