News & Updates

Update #2 – Cogswell, Young Ave, swearing in and first meeting of new council.

District 7 Events- November 2016 Another quick update with a full listing of events and public meetings for November. Public Meetings & Hearings – here’s what’s included: Public Information Meeting – Cogswell Interchange Redevelopment Nova Scotia and Permanent Residency Immigration Information Session Public Information Meeting – Young Avenue By-Law Amendments Halifax Regional Council: First Meeting of New Council Community Events –more–

Campaign 2016

Progressive Ideas: My plan for the next four years

Campaign 2016 On October 15, 2016 I was elected as Councillor for District 7 Halifax South Downtown.  Once again, as I did in 2012, I’ve archived the campaign site here on my blog, so that all my web material is all in one place.  Below was the top page of promises, that drills down to more detailed policy proposals. ON OCTOBER 15, RE-ELECT –more–

News & Updates

Update #1 – Canadian Martyrs, Young Ave, Centre Plan, Grammar School, Stormwater fee, and more…

NEWS Thank you so much to the voters in Halifax South Downtown for giving me your support and your trust.  Thank you for re-electing me as Councillor for District 7. During the campaign I made 30 promises regarding priorities that matter to you – things like protecting heritage buildings, preventing destructive development and solving parking issues in our neighbourhoods. I –more–

Campaign 2016

Proven Results

PROVEN RESULTS: REPORT CARD 2016 I made 30 commitments during the 2012 election, and I have provided yearly report cards to residents about my progress. As of May 2016, 22 commitments have been completed, and eight are underway and on going. FIX COUNCIL:     PROMISE STATUS DETAILS Establish a Municipal Ombudsperson’s Office Pass a sunshine by-law Complete The provincial –more–

Campaign 2016

Housing affordability a critical issue for HRM and District 7

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Halifax Regional Municipality must continue to set the agenda on issues of housing and homelessness. As Halifax’s economy has started to grow, development has returned to the peninsula with a –more–

Campaign 2016

Protecting our homes and neighbourhoods in District 7

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. We need to protect and preserve family-oriented residential neighbourhoods in District 7 and HRM’s regional centre. Recent rapid growth in Halifax has lead to some questionable developments in our historically –more–

Campaign 2016

Plan to renew our aging parks and rec infrastructure

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. District 7 parks and rec facilities are wonderful, but aging. After years of neglect we are bringing them back. When people think of the peninsula and parks, they focus on –more–

Campaign 2016

A better tax plan for people and business

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Residents deserve spending restraint, commercial tax reform, and residential tax flexibility. Taxation for residents and businesses was an issue I spoke about passionately during the last election. I said then –more–

Campaign 2016

Let’s make Halifax a place young people rave about

Little Easy Launch – photo by Natalie Irwin Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. The municipality needs to be a youthful city – the kind of place young people want to move to and stay in. –more–

Campaign 2016

Safer streets for everyone in HRM

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Residents deserve streets that are safe for everyone – whether they are driving a car, riding a bus, a bicycle, or walking There are too many collisions that are causing –more–

Campaign 2016

Becoming one of the most accessible communities in Canada

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. HRM must further improve accessibility and to hire a workforce that better reflects the municipality’s population. According to Stats Canada nearly one fifth of Canadians are people with disabilities; it –more–

Campaign 2016

It’s time to expand our rapid transit network

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Halifax needs to be implementing an expanded network of higher-order transit by 2020. Higher-order (or rapid) transit service is separated partially or completely from general vehicular traffic and is therefore –more–

Campaign 2016

Supporting arts, culture and community in District 7 & HRM

Pictured – Grain by Grain – Beacon Project Lukas Pearse, Véronique MacKenzie and Susan Tooke at Nocturne 2015 Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. We need to continue to increase investment in arts, culture & community.  –more–

Campaign 2016

Healthy democracy, vibrant community

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. I believe HRM needs new rules so citizens can trust their government and keep their elected leaders accountable. A healthy democracy is vital to growing a vibrant municipality and depends –more–

Campaign 2016

A BETTER MUNICIPALITY

I am proud of all many things we have done to improve the way the municipality functions. Lowered the tax rate three out of four years, and delivered a smaller budget in 2016 than 2015 Continued to decrease municipal debtwhile increasing capital spending Proposed and passed policies on open-data,campaign finance reform policy development and, clearer rules of orderfor council Proposed –more–