Pam Berman


Pam Berman is CBC Nova Scotia's municipal affairs reporter. She's been a journalist for almost 35 years and has covered Halifax regional council since 1997. That includes four municipal elections, 19 budgets and countless meetings. Story ideas can be sent to

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Cumberland council votes in favour of review after concerns with RCMP raised

The municipal council for Nova Scotia's Cumberland County voted in favour of a police service review at a meeting Wednesday night. Cumberland currently pays $4.8 million for 27 RCMP officers.

1st tower installed in Pictou County internet project

One of the 17 towers needed for the high-speed internet system in Nova Scotia's Pictou County has been installed. The municipality is the only one in the province that plans to construct and own its network.

Proposed non-resident taxes concern N.S. municipalities

The Houston government plans to levy a non-resident property tax and a non-resident deed transfer tax as a way to deal with the lack of affordable housing in the province.

HRM's lack of risk management policy for large projects 'concerning,' says AG

The municipal auditor general says the improvements would benefit all large capital projects, such as the redevelopment of the Cogswell district.

Part of Cogswell Street in Halifax to close for 20 months

The section between Brunswick and Barrington streets will be closed for 20 months starting April 28 to make way for the new Cogswell District street grid.

Halifax Water on tight timeline for downtown sewer project that's doubled in price

Halifax Water hopes at least part of a sewer project can be completed within the next six weeks — even though the timeline is partly why the cost has more than doubled.

Pictou County councillor pleads not guilty to Municipal Elections Act violations

Peter Boyles, a municipal councillor for Nova Scotia's Pictou County, has pleaded not guilty to 24 violations of the Municipal Elections Act.

Colchester to wait for end of N.S. shooting inquiry before deciding fate of RCMP

The Municipality of Colchester is still mulling over whether to keep the RCMP as its police service or switch to an existing municipal force, but doesn't expect to make any decisions until after the conclusion of the public inquiry examining the mass shooting that started in the rural county in April of 2020.

Halifax approves largest capital budget in municipality's history

Halifax regional council has approved a new $1.1B operating and capital budget for 2022-23.

Halifax's 5-year economic plan envisions population growth past 500,000

Halifax has a new five-year economic strategy after regional council approved the plan on Tuesday. It includes a population target of 525,000, an increase from a population of 460,000 last July.