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Update #45 – Participatory Budgeting vote this week, Great Gorsebrook Pick-Me-up, public meetings, more.

DISTRICT EVENTS Participatory Budgeting Community Vote THIS WEDNESDAY Wednesday, June 1 – 6:00 to 8:30 pm | Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library Groups will present the 11 eligible projects in a “Science Fair Show-and-Tell style” event, and residents of District 7 get to vote on projects they wanted to see get funded. Each resident is provided a ballot and must vote on five projects. Each presenting group is encouraged to flood the vote with – read more –

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HRM tax and budget indicators 1995-2016

My friend political science professor and data nerd Zack Taylor has been producing these graphs for Toronto for the last couple years.  I worked to get him the HRM data, as I like the visualization as an indicator about “how are we doing” as far as taxes, budgeting and growth. Taxes and budget size has been dropping for the first time since the 1990s… read on. Figure 1 – Gross budget While the gross budget – read more –

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Update #44 – Participatory Budgeting Vote Project List Is Online, Gorsebrook Park Clean Up, More

Short update today, wanted to remind folks about the Participatory Budgeting vote, and let you know the project list is now online! DISTRICT EVENTS Participatory Budgeting Community Vote Wednesday, June 1 – 6:00 to 8:30 pm | Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library Groups will present the 11 eligible projects in a “Science Fair Show-and-Tell style” event, and residents of District 7 get to vote on projects they wanted to see get funded. Each resident – read more –

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Motion regarding commemoration of Edward Cornwallis

Motion for Council to Consider: Request a staff report with recommendations regarding a public engagement process to review and advise Council regarding possible changes to the commemoration of Edward Cornwallis on municipal assets, including Cornwallis Park and Cornwallis Street. Reason: The discussions around commemoration of Edward Cornwallis have been underway for some time. The question of what do we do as a society with commemorative naming and assets that may have become unrepresentative of our – read more –

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Update #43 – On car lots, historic mansions, and the importance of good planning

 “The best time to have a culture change in how you build a city was 10 minutes ago. The second best time is now.” – Brent Toderian in Local Express. The past two weeks have really underlined 1) the absolute importance of good & up-to-date planning, and 2) that if you chose one public engagement with the City this year, the Centre Plan is absolutely critical. The last few months have seen a lot of hard – read more –