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HRM to bid in Smart Cities Challenge, says mayor

Mayor Mike Savage says compared to other major urban centre's, Halifax is one of the most food insecure cities in the country.
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Mike Savage speaks to media after winning 2016 municipal election. (Andrew Pinsent/HalifaxToday.ca)

The Halifax Regional Municipality has launched a bid for the Smart Cities Challenge, giving the region a chance at winning $50 million to go toward tackling food insecurity. 

Issued by the government of Canada, The Smart Cities Challenge asks communities to come together and design innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges. 

HRM has decided its goal is to address accessibility to affordable and healthy food. 

Mayor Mike Savage says compared to other major urban centre's, Halifax is one of the most food insecure cities in the country. 

"We know that one in seven families don't have access to nutritional, affordable food," said Savage. "Even as the city is growing and doing quite well economically, we know that there are people who are not able to get the right kind of food for their family."

Savage says he thinks Halifax has a good shot at winning the money. 

A series of community meetings are taking place across the municipality later this month for the public to have a say in what idea Halifax will pitch.




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