By 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, a total of 32 traffic accidents had been reported to police due to heavy snow and bad driving conditions. The accidents included a mixture of head-on collisions, rolled vehicles and vehicles gone off the road. During the morning rush hour, the Bedford Highway was clogged with traffic reaching all the way to Hammonds Plains. Buses were also delayed or on detour.
23rd night of Halifax parking ban, more than 6,000 vehicles ticketed (The Chronicle Herald)
As of March 1, over 6,000 vehicles have been ticketed for failing to heed the overnight parking ban that has been enforced for 23 nights. Jennifer Stairs, municipal spokeswoman, said that five rented graders and loaders have been acquired by the city in an attempt to clear the ice-filled streets of Halifax. She said that salting and scraping was still continuing on sidewalks. The city has received complaints about snow clearing after two winter storms in the first week of February and is withholding pay to five contractors due to unsatisfactory road conditions.
The 29 fourth-year students of the Dalhousie University dentistry program have come forward to express how they have been affected by the public reaction to misogynistic Facebook comments made by 14 male members of the program. The Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen Facebook group started by the 14 males has gained negative public attention that other dentistry students say is hurtful and sometimes threatening to individuals, friends and family. The statement, posted in sections, has a separate section for commentary from the affected women and the members of the Facebook group.
Former Halifax coach who sexually assaulted girl gets day parole (The Chronicle Herald)
After serving one-third of his 6½-year prison sentence, Stanley Robert Lowther has been granted day parole for six months. A Parole Board of Canada decision released to the Chronicle Herald said that Lowther, a former soccer coach, has completed sex offender programs that helped him keep his behaviour, emotions and thoughts under control. Lowther claimed that loneliness, resentment and attraction to a young female were factors that contributed to his criminal behaviour. While on day parole, he cannot be in presence of girls under the age of 18 and must report to his parole officer about relationships, both sexual and non-sexual. After serving his prison term, Lowther must be registered as a sex offender for 20 years.
The city of Halifax is trying to get more people to vote and cast a ballot through a new public engagement campaign. The seven-week campaign began on Monday. It includes an online forum and questionnaire on the Shape Your City Halifax website. This campaign is part of an attempt to get citizens of Halifax to be more interested and engaged in future elections. A public panel is scheduled for Apr. 11 at the Halifax Central Library. Themes for discussion include voter engagement, new voters and accessibility.