Engaging our community
HALIFAX, Aug. 19, 2014 – Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is pleased to lend its voice in support of Mayor Mike Savage’s proposal allowing permanent residents to vote in municipal elections in Halifax. As the industry association for the Province’s fastest growing sector, DNS strongly believes in an engaged and diverse community. An increasingly engaged community is a more innovative community.
“Many of our industry members are permanent residents and contribute significantly to our digital community and economy, they should have the right to actively participate in Halifax’s civic process as well. Investing in Nova Scotia residents and welcoming newcomers is a positive move forward for the digital community and for all of Halifax,” says Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO, Digital Nova Scotia, who happens to be a permanent resident herself.
DNS and its Board believe that providing the opportunity for permanent residents to vote is a bold vision and an inclusive approach to actively engaging residents of HRM. Much like the industry we represent, DNS encourages a move beyond the status quo. 1 in 3 employees in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector are immigrants in Canada. Our sector is reliant on diverse perspectives and experiences to grow. A diverse workforce and one in which each voice is valued will make Halifax a better city.
In early August, Halifax City Council unanimously agreed to request a staff report on the pros and cons of extending the vote. If council moves the idea forward, the province would have to amend the Municipal Elections Act, which requires voters to hold Canadian citizenship.
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Emily Boucher – Director, Marketing and Research
About Digital Nova Scotia
Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is a not-for-profit organization that has been dedicated for over 20 years to the ongoing growth and development of Nova Scotia’s digital technologies industry. Originally incorporated in 1989 as the Software Industry Association of Nova Scotia (SIANS) (later the Information Technology Alliance of Nova Scotia (ITANS) before re-branding itself as DNS), DNS’s reach and relevance has expanded with the enormous growth of ICT and related industries in our province and the world.