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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Rising provincial costs pushing Mulgrave into insolvency, CAO says

The Town of Mulgrave, N.S., is blaming increasing policing, education and housing costs for its financial woes. The town's CAO says they're asking the province to review their bills.

Nova Scotia municipal offices implement safety measures to reopen amid COVID-19

Several Nova Scotia municipalities that have been shut down since the province declared a state of emergency in March have either reopened their administrative buildings to the public or are planning to in the near future.

COVID-19 changes the look of province's summer festival season

There will be no Apple Blossom Festival this weekend, but Kentville will do what it can to mark the occasion. It is one of many communities forced to make adjustments during a pandemic.

Free parking at IWK, Nova Scotia Health Authority sites to end

The free parking ride at the IWK Health Centre and all Nova Scotia Health Authority parking facilities is coming to an end.

Halifax police and firefighting budgets cut, but not as deeply as first proposed

Halifax regional council has decided to trim the fire and police budgets, but not by as much as what was originally proposed by finance officials.

Halifax to widen some sidewalks to allow for physical distancing

Halifax is taking its first steps toward creating safer urban spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wider sidewalks will be implemented and pedestrian wait times at some intersections have already been reduced.

Hammonds Plains man in dispute with city over where he grows his produce

A Hammonds Plains, N.S., man is worried about the future of his business because bylaw officers are investigating a complaint about where his fruit trees and vegetable transplants are grown.

Weekly green bin pickup this summer in Halifax region axed

Halifax regional council needs to cover off a $85.4-million budget shortfall because of revenue lost to COVID-19. Regular biweekly green bin pickup will continue throughout the summer.

Collection of recyclables on hold in some N.S. municipalities

Some municipalities in Nova Scotia have suspended the collection of recyclables because of the pandemic, and a few are asking the province to allow the material to be temporarily placed in landfills.

Halifax council approves new hospital parking proposal for Summer Street

Halifax regional council unanimously voted Thursday in favour of a new provincial plan for parking along Summer Street to support the redevelopment of the Halifax Infirmary hospital site, but some council members expressed concerns about the plan.

Halifax council to consider new hospital parking proposal for Summer Street

Halifax regional council will consider a new parking garage proposal along Summer Street to support the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary hospital site. A previous proposal from the province sparked controversy.

Plan to designate future Cogswell energy system a utility faces opposition

Halifax Water wants to use its sewage treatment plant to heat six developments that are planned nearby and could house up to 7,500 people.

Relative of Northwood tenant calls for more safeguards during disease outbreaks

A man in Hammonds Plains, N.S., thinks changes are needed to the Halifax campus of the Northwood facility to make it safer during situations like the COVID-19 outbreak.

HRM council considers postponing property tax payments

HRM council will consider a proposal to postpone the payment of property taxes at a meeting on April 14.

Municipalities adopt new building inspection rules during COVID-19 pandemic

Municipalities across Nova Scotia have adopted new protocols for building inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction is still allowed under the province's state of emergency and most projects need five to seven inspections.