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MacPolitics: Chris Lydon, Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair, ‘Confident Of Victory But Millennial Max Taylor “Will Do Very Well”

MacPolitics: Chris Lydon, Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair, ‘Confident Of Victory But Millennial Max Taylor “Will Do Very Well”

by Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Chris Lydon – Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair – ‘Confident Of Victory – But, Max Taylor Will Do Well, Too’

With the municipal elections one day away – Saturday – the co-chair of Halifax Mayor Mike Savage’s re-election bid is confident of victory, once the ballots are counted Saturday night.

The co-chair is Chris Lydon, a long time political toiler.

“Great” is the sense that Lydon has, one day before the vote. “I think the mayor is going to do exceedingly well, as he deserves to do on election day – when the ballots are all counted”, he tells The Notebook.

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MacPolitics: Affordable Housing Became Hot Issue In Halifax Election, But Mayor Mike Savage Has Long Campaigned On Issue

MacPolitics: Meet Mayor Mike Savage’s Campaign Team – Political Heavy-Hitters Organize For A Third Term At Halifax City Hall

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Can Politico Heavy-Hitters Help Re-Elect Mayor Mike Savage – Seeking a Third Term as Mayor of Halifax

As he seeks a third term as Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage is relying on a cadre of talented and skilled political electioneering heavy hitters to put him in first place in Saturday’s vote.

Representing a cross-section of political party partisans, Savage has a broad coalition of well-known Liberal, PC, and NDP backers.

Top among them would be Richie Mann, the former powerful minister in the government led by Mike Savage’s dad, John Savage.

Mann represented Cape Breton’s Richmond seat. In the 1993 election, he had the largest vote plurality of any candidate when the Savage Liberals stormed to power that year.

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MacPolitics: A Chat With Max Taylor, Rookie Politico Who Wants To Be Mayor Of ‘Greatest City In The World’

MacPolitics: A Chat With Max Taylor, Rookie Politico Who Wants To Be Mayor Of ‘Greatest City In The World’

By Corey LeBlanc

Max Taylor doesn’t pull any punches when discussing the “privilege” of having the opportunity to cast a ballot in Saturday’s municipal election.

“It is like spitting in their faces,” the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) mayoralty candidate says of those who opt not to vote.

The ‘their’ he refers to are the people who have “sacrificed so much” to secure that right for us.

Taylor’s concern about poor voter turnout – especially in HRM – spurred his decision to throw his hat into the race.
“So many people just don’t care, but they need to care,” the 22-year-old offers, when it comes to improving voting numbers.

Taylor made that the cornerstone of his campaign, encouraging residents to “just vote,” whether it is for him or his opponents – incumbent Mike Savage or long-time HRM councilor Matt Whitman.

In his conversation with The Macdonald Notebook – on Thursday, before the October 17 municipal election – Taylor notes happily that 34 per cent of eligible voters in HRM had cast their ballots, already surpassing the 2016 turnout (30 percent).

As for his first-time candidacy, the resident of the west end of the Halifax Peninsula says “it has gone pretty well so far.”

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MacPolitics: Inverness Airport Debate Takes Flight In Port Hawkesbury Mayoralty Race – Archie MacLaughlan Challenges Incumbent  Brenda Chisholm-Beaton & Billy Joe’s Old Boys Club Works To Defeat Town’s First Ever Woman Mayor

MacPolitics: Inverness Airport Debate Takes Flight In Port Hawkesbury Mayoralty Race – Archie MacLaughlan Challenges Incumbent Brenda Chisholm-Beaton & Billy Joe’s Old Boys Club Works To Defeat Town’s First Ever Woman Mayor

By Corey LeBlanc – Notebook’s Cape Breton Bureau Chief

PORT HAWKESBURY: Although talk of constructing an airport in Inverness is in a holding pattern, Brenda Chisholm-Beaton doesn’t think the idea has been grounded.

“It is very concerning,” the mayor of the Town of Port Hawkesbury says, adding she “expects another proposal” to come from its proponents.

Word surfaced in The Macdonald Notebook – a news scoop – on June 1st, 2019 that the owners of Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs – a pair of high-end golf courses in Inverness – were floating the prospect of an airport in Inverness to provincial and federal officials.

The project – at an estimated cost of $18-million, one shared by those levels of government – would be constructed on Crown land.

Chisholm-Beaton led opposition voices while raising concerns about how such an initiative would affect the Port Hawkesbury-owned Allan J. MacEachen Regional Airport.

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Real Estate: Realtor Rick Foster Even Collects Multiple Offers In Tiny Fishing Village Of Terence Bay

Real Estate: Realtor Rick Foster Even Collects Multiple Offers In Tiny Fishing Village Of Terence Bay

By Andrew Macdonald

Real Estate: Rick Foster Even Collected Multiple Offers In Tiny Fishing Village At Terence Bay

The recent phenomena of multiple offers, which began to take root on Peninsula Halifax in 2019 are spreading to the rural parts of Halifax Regional Municipality.

Speaking with prominent Halifax-South Shore realtor Rick Foster, now of Engel & Volkers NS, he tells The Notebook he collected multiple offers on a mansion listing in the historic and tiny fishing village of Terence Bay.

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MacPolitics: Chris Lydon, Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair, ‘Confident Of Victory But Millennial Max Taylor “Will Do Very Well”

MacPolitics: Chris Lydon, Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair, ‘Confident Of Victory But Millennial Max Taylor “Will Do Very Well”

by Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Chris Lydon – Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair – ‘Confident Of Victory – But, Max Taylor Will Do Well, Too’

With the municipal elections one day away – Saturday – the co-chair of Halifax Mayor Mike Savage’s re-election bid is confident of victory, once the ballots are counted Saturday night.

The co-chair is Chris Lydon, a long time political toiler.

“Great” is the sense that Lydon has, one day before the vote. “I think the mayor is going to do exceedingly well, as he deserves to do on election day – when the ballots are all counted”, he tells The Notebook.

read more
MacPolitics: Affordable Housing Became Hot Issue In Halifax Election, But Mayor Mike Savage Has Long Campaigned On Issue

MacPolitics: Meet Mayor Mike Savage’s Campaign Team – Political Heavy-Hitters Organize For A Third Term At Halifax City Hall

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Can Politico Heavy-Hitters Help Re-Elect Mayor Mike Savage – Seeking a Third Term as Mayor of Halifax

As he seeks a third term as Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage is relying on a cadre of talented and skilled political electioneering heavy hitters to put him in first place in Saturday’s vote.

Representing a cross-section of political party partisans, Savage has a broad coalition of well-known Liberal, PC, and NDP backers.

Top among them would be Richie Mann, the former powerful minister in the government led by Mike Savage’s dad, John Savage.

Mann represented Cape Breton’s Richmond seat. In the 1993 election, he had the largest vote plurality of any candidate when the Savage Liberals stormed to power that year.

read more
MacPolitics: A Chat With Max Taylor, Rookie Politico Who Wants To Be Mayor Of ‘Greatest City In The World’

MacPolitics: A Chat With Max Taylor, Rookie Politico Who Wants To Be Mayor Of ‘Greatest City In The World’

By Corey LeBlanc

Max Taylor doesn’t pull any punches when discussing the “privilege” of having the opportunity to cast a ballot in Saturday’s municipal election.

“It is like spitting in their faces,” the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) mayoralty candidate says of those who opt not to vote.

The ‘their’ he refers to are the people who have “sacrificed so much” to secure that right for us.

Taylor’s concern about poor voter turnout – especially in HRM – spurred his decision to throw his hat into the race.
“So many people just don’t care, but they need to care,” the 22-year-old offers, when it comes to improving voting numbers.

Taylor made that the cornerstone of his campaign, encouraging residents to “just vote,” whether it is for him or his opponents – incumbent Mike Savage or long-time HRM councilor Matt Whitman.

In his conversation with The Macdonald Notebook – on Thursday, before the October 17 municipal election – Taylor notes happily that 34 per cent of eligible voters in HRM had cast their ballots, already surpassing the 2016 turnout (30 percent).

As for his first-time candidacy, the resident of the west end of the Halifax Peninsula says “it has gone pretty well so far.”

read more
MacPolitics: Inverness Airport Debate Takes Flight In Port Hawkesbury Mayoralty Race – Archie MacLaughlan Challenges Incumbent  Brenda Chisholm-Beaton & Billy Joe’s Old Boys Club Works To Defeat Town’s First Ever Woman Mayor

MacPolitics: Inverness Airport Debate Takes Flight In Port Hawkesbury Mayoralty Race – Archie MacLaughlan Challenges Incumbent Brenda Chisholm-Beaton & Billy Joe’s Old Boys Club Works To Defeat Town’s First Ever Woman Mayor

By Corey LeBlanc – Notebook’s Cape Breton Bureau Chief

PORT HAWKESBURY: Although talk of constructing an airport in Inverness is in a holding pattern, Brenda Chisholm-Beaton doesn’t think the idea has been grounded.

“It is very concerning,” the mayor of the Town of Port Hawkesbury says, adding she “expects another proposal” to come from its proponents.

Word surfaced in The Macdonald Notebook – a news scoop – on June 1st, 2019 that the owners of Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs – a pair of high-end golf courses in Inverness – were floating the prospect of an airport in Inverness to provincial and federal officials.

The project – at an estimated cost of $18-million, one shared by those levels of government – would be constructed on Crown land.

Chisholm-Beaton led opposition voices while raising concerns about how such an initiative would affect the Port Hawkesbury-owned Allan J. MacEachen Regional Airport.

read more
Real Estate: Realtor Rick Foster Even Collects Multiple Offers In Tiny Fishing Village Of Terence Bay

Real Estate: Realtor Rick Foster Even Collects Multiple Offers In Tiny Fishing Village Of Terence Bay

By Andrew Macdonald

Real Estate: Rick Foster Even Collected Multiple Offers In Tiny Fishing Village At Terence Bay

The recent phenomena of multiple offers, which began to take root on Peninsula Halifax in 2019 are spreading to the rural parts of Halifax Regional Municipality.

Speaking with prominent Halifax-South Shore realtor Rick Foster, now of Engel & Volkers NS, he tells The Notebook he collected multiple offers on a mansion listing in the historic and tiny fishing village of Terence Bay.

read more
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