For immediate release
Tuesday July 9, 2012

Media Release

No Rush on Convention Centre – Coalition

(Halifax) HRM Council should not allow itself to be rushed in considering the controversial, proposed downtown Halifax convention centre, says the Coalition to Save the View.
In December, 2010, after a series of late-night, in camera meetings, Council directed staff to prepare a formal agreement for Council’s consideration. As of 2 pm Monday, 20 hours before the start of Council’s meeting, that draft agreement has still not been made public.

“Much has changed in the past 19 months,” says Judy Haiven of the Coalition.
“Victoria, BC, like Halifax, is a key tourist destination, with a similar population. The Victoria Conference Centre expanded in 2008, but the number of non-resident delegate days at the Centre is 16% less than it was before the expansion. This year, Victoria’s taxpayers will have to pay 16% of the conference centre’s operating budget.”

“Similar losses are likely in Halifax,” said Dr. Haiven. “Trade Centre Limited unrealistically assumes numbers of conventions at the centre would greatly exceed those in Victoria, Ottawa and Quebec City.”

“Governments are cutting core services; a convention centre is not a core service. Near the end of Council’s mandate, a commitment now to pay the developer $6.55 million a year for 25 years would leave a heavy burden to future Councils and to future residents. In addition, HRM would have to cover half of any operating deficits of the centre and would have to purchase the present convention centre.”

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Contact: Judy Haiven, 429 8868, 718 7445, 491 8650
High-resolution images: <http://www.savetheview.ca/multimedia.html>http://www.savetheview.ca/multimedia.html
SAVE the VIEW is a coalition made up of individuals and eleven non-partisan
organizations including:
Community Coalition to End Poverty in Nova Scotia,
Council of Canadians - Inverness Chapter,
Council of Canadians - South Shore Chapter,
Ecology Action Centre,
Facebook Group - Help Save the View From Citadel Hill,
Friends of the Halifax Common,
Halifax Regional Homeowners Association,
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia,
Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group,
Peninsula South Neighbourhood Association,
Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Chapter