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My thoughts on Otter Lake.

We learned how to do this right back in 1995 and we are failing to heed those lessons now.  Garbage wars were replaced with discussion about garbage. I had hoped that the amendment to the motion positioning the CMC as a partner in this round of public consultation would re-frame the garbage review as a public lead process, and would defuse the election year concerns being raised by the provincial government and the two opposition – read more –

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Update on the Nova Centre, and the interim planning area order

Let’s review the convention centre saga so far, from my point of view anyway! Council voted in 2009 to approve the Downtown Halifax Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy which includes the design of the Nova Centre at the blocks bounded by Market, Argyle, Sackville, and Prince.  This land use has been debated and passed by Council. Council voted on summer 2012 to sign the contract to partner with the Province on funding and participating in the – read more –

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On Detroit and HRM – some comparative figures

Reading about Detroit declaring bankruptcy tonight is fascinating and sad. Its also interesting to me (and to all of us, I hope) to see how bad it can get for a municipality that doesn’t stay on top of talent attraction, retention, and reinvestment in capital infrastructure and quality of life. Hard to come by accurate figures because apparently, well, there aren’t any.  Detroit was running about $300 million in the hole a year, give or – read more –

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The votes are in & District 7 residents have decided how to spend $92,000

A busy night sees six projects received full funding & four more receive partial funding District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents gathered tonight to discuss and vote on what community projects will make the biggest difference in their community.  Citizens had been invited by area Councillor Waye Mason to determine spending priorities for this years $92,000 district capital budget.  “This was a great opportunity to engage citizens in a real way that has immediate results,” said – read more –

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The votes are in & District 7 residents have decided how to spend $92,000

A busy night sees six projects received full funding & four more receive partial funding District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents gathered tonight to discuss and vote on what community projects will make the biggest difference in their community.  Citizens had been invited by area Councillor Waye Mason to determine spending priorities for this years $92,000 district capital budget.  “This was a great opportunity to engage citizens in a real way that has immediate results,” said – read more –

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Proposed Projects for July 17

ORGANIZATION  idea AMOUNT Chebucto Community Net server upgrade  $15,000.00 Dalhouse Student Union bike racks  $3,089.62 Dowtown Halifax Argyle Street Animation Project  $15,000.00 Fusion/DHBC benches on Barrington  $20,000.00 Halifax Circus Circus Circle equipment  $5,000.00 Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team replacement vehicle  $3,000.00 Independent Living Nova Scotia MapAbility.ca  $10,000.00 Neptune signage  $7,500.00 North End Business Association signage  $20,000.00 Planning & Design Centre Neighbourhood & Wayfinding Signs  $8,500.00 South End Community Day Care Centre “Backyard Friends”  $2,500.00 – read more –

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Gas leak in south end Halifax contained

News Release Gas leak in south end Halifax contained Tuesday, July 16, 2013 (Halifax, NS) – The gas leak in south end Halifax today has been contained and power restored in the affected areas. The area bordered by Tower Road to Queen Street and Victoria Road to Morris Street remains closed to motorists and pedestrians at this time. Halifax Regional Police officers are on scene and re-directing traffic. Earlier today, natural gas contractors hired by – read more –

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Update on gas leak in south end

this just in from HRM staff at about 12:38 The latest information we are sharing: · The gas leak in south end Halifax has been contained, however, the area bordered by Tower Road to Queen Street and Victoria Road to Morris Street remains closed to motorists and pedestrians. · Halifax Regional Police officers are on scene and re-directing traffic. · Several dozen homes were evacuated as a result of the gas leak. All residents who – read more –

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Residents Vote for District Capital Projects Wednesday July 17

Citizens will chose from over $180,000 in proposals, $92,000 available. District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents will cast their votes this Wednesday to decide which capital projects are priorities for the community. This process is one of Canada’s most ambitious participatory budgeting projects, allocating $92,000 to citizen-led initiatives. The project was initiated by Waye Mason, HRM Councillor for District 7, as a way to engage the community.  “I am really excited to see the quality – read more –

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Residents Vote for District Capital Projects Wednesday July 17

Citizens will chose from over $180,000 in proposals, $92,000 available. District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents will cast their votes this Wednesday to decide which capital projects are priorities for the community. This process is one of Canada’s most ambitious participatory budgeting projects, allocating $92,000 to citizen-led initiatives. The project was initiated by Waye Mason, HRM Councillor for District 7, as a way to engage the community.  “I am really excited to see the – read more –

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Past Projects Funded Through District Capital

Here are some examples of amounts that were granted to provide some funding for projects going back to 2010. PRE ELECTION – Representative District 12 & 13 Capital Projects     Description of Expenditures 21-Oct-10 Uptown Gottingen St. Merchants Association – capital improvements  $3,000.00 21-Oct-10 Commons Area – purchase of benches  $9,806.60 21-Oct-10 St. Mary’s Playground  $10,000.00 21-Oct-10 Granville Mall upgrades – landscaping  $12,002.92 21-Oct-10 Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District Signage  $13,182.44 21-Oct-10 Buddy Daye and – read more –

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Update #6 – the summer is here edition

In this edition: Please reduce water usage – July 5 until late July 6* Newcomers BBQ – July 6 Halifax Jazz Festival – July 5-13 Participatory Budget – July 17 North End Matters:  A Multi-Phase Project – July 9 Lebanese Festival – July 11-14 Special Arts and Culture Advisory Committee – Application Deadline July 12 Planning Advisory Committee Peninsula North and South – Application Deadline July 15 Regional Plan RP5 Review –  extended to July – read more –