HRM raises standards for rooming houses

The Chronicle Herald – July 20, 2016 Edition The city is designing better regulations for rooming houses. Halifax Regional Municipality Tuesday approved new licensing and minimum standards for the houses, which are seen as one way to achieve affordable housing in the municipality. Fees will remain at $100 a year, but the minimum standards have been improved to include higher ambient indoor temperatures and regulations about the safety of outdoor decks. Enforcement is shared between the fire service and the municipal planning department. “It bothers me to see people living under some of these conditions,” said Coun. Gloria McCluskey in…

Atlantic Canadians, millennials, Gen-X among gloomiest

  THE CHRONICLE HERALD – July 19, 2016 Edition newsroom@herald.ca @chronicleherald Atlantic Canadians feel gloomier about their financial prospects than Canadians anywhere else in the country — and the situation isn’t getting any better. “We had a very gloomy start to 2016, with a reeling loonie and a soft economy and jobs market, and much of that sentiment continues to weigh on confidence,” says Sarah Widmeyer, a CIBC managing director and head of its wealth Strategies Group. The latest quarterly financial confidence survey of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce shows only 55 per cent of Atlantic Canadians feel positive…

Halifax real estate on the rise

The Chronicle Herald – July 14, 2016 Edition JAMES RISDON Investors are hungry again for Halifax’s best office buildings and people shopping for homes are pushing up the condo prices as the city’s economic performance boosts confidence in the local real estate market. “People have been sitting on their hands, worried, and now they’re coming back,” says Matt Honsberger, the broker at Royal LePage Atlantic. In its house price survey released Wednesday, Royal LePage reveals condo prices in Halifax climbed by 2.6 per cent in the second quarter of this year, to $296,859, compared to the same period a year…

Maritime Link work on pace — Emera

ENERGY The Chronicle Herald – July 12, 2016 Edition OTTAWA BUREAU ANDREA GUNN agunn@herald.ca @notandrea Despite concerns about the future of Muskrat Falls in Newfoundland, work is continuing in Nova Scotia. Over the weekend, Emera moved the single largest component of the $1.5-billion Maritime Link project — a 203-ton transformer — to its final location at the Woodbine converter site. Jeff Myrick, senior manager of communications and public affairs with Emera, told the Chronicle Herald the move is another milestone on the road to completing project at the end of 2017. The Maritime Link will connect energy generated by Muskrat…