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Month: January 2017

Adopt a Fire Hydrant

Adopt a Fire Hydrant

When there is a fire in your home the last thing you want to see is a group of firefighters digging out fire hydrants and being delayed in saving your home or a loved one trapped inside. In the midst of winter snowstorm, a buried hydrant can cause serious delays for fire fighters. With thousands of hydrants in every community throughout Halifax and surrounding areas, the city staff wouldn’t have the time or the budget to realistically clear away every…

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Why I have a garden

Why I have a garden

Gardening has always been part of my life. I have fond memories of going to the beach each fall to box up seaweed and place it on my grandfather’s garden. As a kid I always had something growing in the window sill of our home and each summer I would plant a small garden in our backyard. I still have spearmint that I planted over 30 years ago, now growing in my garden at home. Some don’t see the benefits…

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Every Tree Counts

Every Tree Counts

Halifax, like many municipalities across North America, has developed and implemented urban forest strategies to set long-term visions and objectives for their urban forests, along with specific actions to achieve them. But, has Halifax gone far enough to protect our urban forest? In 2001, Councillor Linda Mosher wanted Regional Council to address protecting privately owned urban trees to keep Halifax as “The City of Trees”. Years later, Regional council adopted the Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) in 2012, which has…

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