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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Development rules for urban HRM take step toward completion

Proposed new development rules for urban areas of the Halifax region are in the last lap of a marathon process after council made some amendments Tuesday to prepare for an upcoming reading of the Centre Plan.

Cameras won't be installed in Dartmouth park where teen was killed

Halifax Regional Municipality staff say Farrell Park — where 18-year-old Chelsie Probert was stabbed to death in 2017 — is not a good location for cameras because of the layout and power upgrades that would be needed at the Dartmouth, N.S., site.

Owners of 4 RVs near Annapolis Valley lake ordered to move or face fines

Faced with the prospect of daily fines, a group of friends in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley have been forced by the Municipality of the County of Kings to remove their recreational vehicles from two cottage lots.

Former Richmond County CAO launches wrongful dismissal lawsuit

The former chief administrative officer for the Municipality of the County of Richmond, N.S., has launched a lawsuit against the municipality and three council members for wrongful dismissal.

Second residential tower proposed for site near Lake Banook

Twin Lakes Development wants to double the number of buildings proposed for a site in Dartmouth, N.S., near Lake Banook.

Edward Cornwallis task force hears clashing views

The statue of the controversial first governor of Halifax was taken down 18 months ago and put into storage. Public meetings are being held to decide what form of official recognition Edward Cornwallis should have.

No more statues of Edward Cornwallis, task force meeting told

Some speakers at the meeting made a direct connection between the bounty that Cornwallis put on Mi'kmaq people and the violence outlined in the recent report of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.

Company defends handling of Annapolis County high-speed internet project

Mainland Telecom, a company who was selected to build a high-speed internet network for the Municipality of the County of Annapolis, N.S., says a notice posted by the municipality that announces the contract's cancellation is 'defamatory.'

Halifax roadside memorial policy sent back to drawing board

Staff had recommended a maximum size for roadside memorials and a one-year time limit. There was also a suggestion that the memorials have contact information on them. But councillors did not like any of those ideas.

Bus Stop Theatre Co-op gets $250K commitment from Halifax

A $250,000 grant from Halifax regional council to the Bus Stop Theatre is conditional on the co-op getting financial assistance from other levels of government. The group is looking to buy the space it has been leasing.

New rail line between Halifax container terminals expected to slash truck traffic

The federal government's $47-million investment in transportation upgrades at the Port of Halifax will help reduce truck traffic in the city and make the Windsor Street Exchange more user friendly.

Halifax councillor wants staff report on leave of absence requirements

Councillor Shawn Cleary intends to ask for a staff report on the leave of absence issue at Tuesday's regional council meeting.

Cumberland, Colchester counties want high-speed internet and they want it now

Two rural Nova Scotia counties want to make sure their communities get high-speed internet as soon as possible, so they're asking companies already shortlisted for a provincial process to submit proposals to them first.

Halifax council close to having parental leaves for councillors

Proposed new rules were introduced at Halifax's executive committee on Monday, which would allow an elected official to miss meetings for up to a year without needing to get special permission or be penalized.

Houses come down in advance of 'challenging' Bayers Road widening

Four houses are coming down but it could be some time before road construction gets underway to widen Bayers Road as crucial design details are still being worked out.