Timeline

                             Save Bedford Basin Reef 

This chronological timeline will be updated as information is researched or submitted. Its purpose is to help make sense of the sequence of events which allowed tremendous and irreversible damage to our beautiful natural basin and shoreline. Some of the events, which have taken place in other parts of the HRM, will be included if they relate to infilling or acid slate. There are are number of references that will not be hyper linked if the content is not available online. In the case of the Chronicle Herald their archived articles are available for purchase.  It will seem bit scattered for a while as the events of the last 20 years or so, begin to fall into place.  Feel free to contact us with entries.

 

TIMELINE  



1989

June 28, 1989 - Bedford Waterfront Development Corporation registered. Fred Were (President), Eric Whitworth (President)  Bedford Waterfront Development Corporation Act  "investigate the feasibility of developing the waterfront of Bedford and establishing a marine park in Bedford on the Bedford Basin"

1996

April 1, 1996 - Halifax Regional Municipality was established (Amalgamation)

2001

Dec 8, 2001 - The Chronicle-Herald - Meeting slated on Sobeys' pond plan
Bedford residents might start a letter-writing campaign to the Sobey family to protest its business's plans to fill in a local pond, says the councillor for the area. "We...

2002

Jan 15, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald - Residents blast plan to fill in Moirs Pond
Chad Lucas - Reporter

July 7, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald - Pond supporters to float statement - Residents opposed to infilling a pond in their community will use Bedford Days celebrations later this month to spread word about the controversial project. A group of people are planning to...

Aug 24, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald - 4,500 sign petition against infilling plan
Bedford residents filled in their local politicians Friday on their concerns over the proposed infilling of Moirs Pond. Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly, Environment Minister Peter Christie and area councillor Len Goucher...

Sept 18, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald - Slate dumping dispute ends; Infilling of water lots will be allowe...
 Amy Pugsley Fraser - A Bedford development company has resolved a dispute with Waterfront Development Corp. over slate-dumping. United Gulf Developments Ltd., owner of the Travelers and Esquire motels, has been involved in a legal...

Sept 27, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald - Councillor 'disgusted' with Sobeys' legal action against HRM Jeffrey Simpson - says a Sobeys lawsuit against the Halifax Port Authority over the right to infill a Bedford pond makes him sick. "I'm a little disgusted," Len Goucher (Bedford) said Thursday. "It...

Oct 22, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald -  HRM moves to plug loophole; Developers in some instances did not r...
Jeffrey Simpson - company has floated a controversial plan to infill part of Bedford's Moirs Pond with pyritic slate, to allow for possible commercial development. Residents have rallied against the plan and say...

Aug 23, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald - Slate site's potential for disaster huge, group says; Fall River p...
John Gillis - expects the slate to be removed. Atlantic Shopping Centres is running out of options. The Bedford Waterfront Development Corp. site that had been accepting pyritic slate for disposal has been closed

Dec 19, 2002 - The Chronicle-Herald - Court rules Sobeys owns Moirs Pond; residents worried; Grocery gia...
Sherri Borden - Sobeys is inching closer to being able to infill a Bedford pond with pyritic slate, a move area residents worry could allow heavy acid and heavy metals to leach into the

2003

Feb 8, 2003 - The Chronicle-Herald -  Infilling leads to grumbling on the Arm; Concerned residents group...
Jeffrey Simpson - habitat available for bottom crawlers such as rock crab and lobster," John Tremblay of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography's invertebrate fisheries division wrote in a report to a colleague. "If

March 23, 2003 - The Sunday Herald - Councillor questions survey wording
Bedford municipal Coun. Len Goucher is concerned that a public opinion survey about Moirs Pond is skewed. Some residents are concerned the survey, now being done by a polling company for

2004

March 25, 2004 - The Chronicle-Herald -  Waterfront suit filed; Bedford developer seeks $28m from WDCL in c...
Bruce Erskine - A Bedford developer is suing Waterfront Development Corp. Ltd. for $28 million. "We're going after them in court for not honouring our contract," John Greenough, president of Provident Development Inc

April 10, 2004 - The Chronicle-Herald - Effort underway to save Moirs Pond; 'Everything humanly possible' ...
By - government are doing all they can to prevent the infilling of Moirs Pond, they told Bedford residents at a town hall meeting. "Believe me, I don't want to see it

August 5, 2004 - The Chronicle-Herald - $800,000 project boosts Bedford waterfront; Crown corporation prov...
 Michael Lightstone - A provincial Crown corporation is spending $800,000 to spruce up part of Bedford's waterfront and improve public access to Bedford Basin. A spokesman for Waterfront Development Corp. Ltd. said

2006

Sept 21, 2006 - The Chronicle-Herald (Voice of the people) - time in? Vicki Dickson, Hammonds Plains Infilling of water lots in the Northwest Arm and Bedford Basin alerts us to a creeping cancer spreading around HRM. Fares Real Estate's Kings

2009

September 15, 2009 - Filling in Our Harbour: Infill Developments Allowed to Trump Public Good in Halifax Harbour  by Sadie Beaton

2010

July 1, 2010 - The Chronicle-Herald - Man's video captures vanishing shoreline; Infilling on Bedford wat...
Clare Mellor Staff Reporter - images he has captured of a small piece of natural shoreline and a reef in Bedford Basin tell the story. "As you know, images are worth a thousand words," he said

2012

September 27, 2012 - Save the Bedford Waterfront Committee held a community information session to address the infilling of the Bedford Basin. Well over 300 residents came to express their concerns with the infilling and proposed development. http://metronews.ca/news/halifax/386431/hundreds-voice-opposition-over-bedford-waterfront-development-plan/