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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Halifax Transit announces 'the biggest' route changes in recent history

Halifax Transit has released details of the third phase of an overhaul of bus routes. This time, the changes will take effect on Nov. 25 and mainly affect commuters in the Sackville and Bedford areas.

Big developments proposed for Dartmouth could reshape Wyse Road area

A 19-storey building has been proposed for a property across from the Macdonald Bridge in Dartmouth, N.S., the third large development being eyed for the Wyse Road area.

Stellarton wants its own police chief after sharing one for 8 years

Stellarton, N.S., plans to hire its own police chief after sharing the position with nearby Westville for the past eight years. The current chief, Don Hussher, is retiring at the end of the year.

Heritage group appeals 8-storey proposal next to Halifax church

The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia has appealed the approval of a development for Brunswick Street in Halifax to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Section of Gottingen Street to be closed for 2 weeks of road work

A section of Gottingen Street in north-end Halifax will be shut down around the clock for two weeks beginning on Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.

Only 1 pre-primary site announced this spring won't be ready for start of school year

An elementary school in the Clayton Park area of Halifax is the only one of the newest sites announced this spring that will not be ready for pre-primary when students return to school next month. The province announced 80 new sites in April, bringing the total to more than 200.

New Glasgow water utility testing for lead in older homes

The Town of New Glasgow, N.S., says its water supply is safe, but it hopes to find 25 more homeowners by the end of August who want to have their tap water tested for lead.

Halifax council puts Burnside walking, biking trail on back burner

When the province was first considering the work in 2011, the estimated cost of adding a trail was $1 million. Now that estimate has risen to as much as $7 million.

Halifax Transit fare increase approved by council

Cash fares for Halifax Transit riders will increase on Oct. 1 by 25 cents for all user categories. The last time there was an increase was in 2013.

Halifax police board's first black leader 'very pleased' to pave way for others

The Halifax Board of Police Commissioners has appointed its first female chair, and she's also the first black person to hold the position. 

2 Quinpool Road developments endorsed by Halifax regional council

There are the final projects councillors will deal with before voting on new development rules for the Halifax peninsula and parts of Dartmouth under the Centre Plan.

Halifax council endorses 4 apartment buildings for busy city block

Halifax regional council has endorsed two separate development proposals involving four apartment towers for Robie Street and Spring Garden Road.

Redevelopment of Dartmouth park could bring stream back to surface

An overhaul of a park in north-end Dartmouth, N.S., could include bringing part of a stream back to the surface. The move is being considered because of the construction of an apartment building off Richmond Street, adjacent to Northbrook Park.

Hotel planned for Nova Centre won't open until 2020

The hotel at the Nova Centre in downtown Halifax will not be opening this year as originally planned. A spokesperson for Sutton Place Hotels says company officials have pushed the opening to the first quarter of 2020.

'A transformational project': Latest plan to revamp part of Dartmouth set for review

The latest draft of a plan to realign streets in downtown Dartmouth, create new trails and open up another part of an underground river is ready for public review.