The city wasted really no time removing the Cornwallis statue yesterday – less than a day after council’s decision to take it down and put it in storage until a final conclusion is made on how we commemorate our city’s founder. The removal was met with cheers from the crowd. And in almost kismet-proportions, as the statue was being taken down, an EAGLE flew overhead.
The Senate has passed a bill to make our national anthem gender-neutral; changing the second line from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.” Now all they need is the Queen’s approval and it will become law. The change fulfills the dying wish of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger who died just 2 months after The Commons passed the bill back in June 2016.
Nova Scotia’s minimum wage rates are going up! A whole…15 cents an hour. While Ontario and Alberta are getting a hike to $15, our province goes from $10.85 to $11. The increase will come into effect April 1st. Nova Scotia has one of the lowest minimum wages in the country with only Saskatchewan behind us for that title at $10.96/hr.
Halifax Transit has installed a bus-only lane in Burnside. The new lane will provide a faster, more reliable commute for the over 4,600 people who ride the bus through the area. It runs basically between Victoria Road and Seapoint Road in both directions. HRM is reminding drivers to be aware of the buses in these new lanes.
Halifax issued more than 620 winter parking ban tickets to those who disregarded the overnight winter parking ban on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 353 Monday; 268 Tuesday. The parking ban is in effect until March 31st but is only enforced during bad weather or ongoing clearing. Each ticket comes with a $50 fine.
And that’s your Fast Five!