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Never Any Agreement to Transfer or Swap High School Lands
(Tuesday, August 27/2002)-- It was erroneously reported in today's edition of The Daily News that "Halifax Regional Council agreed in principle in a secret meeting last year to hand over " the Queen Elizabeth High School property to the provincial government to allow construction of a parking garage on the site.
In an article entitled "Hospital Tends to Patients' Parking Headache," it was stated that "Last year's deal was to see the city hand over Queen Elizabeth and nearby St. Patrick's high school properties to the province, in exchange for the community college on Bell Road."
There was never any such agreement, formally or informally, by Halifax Regional Councillors to transfer the land, or to trade it for another site. In fact, many members of Council have stated publicly that they are opposed to any closure of the two urban high schools. That information was conveyed to the Halifax Regional School Board and the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
(Note: Please see attached letter, dated February 27, 2002, from Deputy CAO Dan English to Dennis Cochrane, Deputy Minister of Education.)(This correspondence can be faxed if required)
Corporate Communications Officer