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Newcomer Map, CN Bridges, public hearing Wellington Street, Canada Day, more

Hi all, short note today with a long list of events. First of all, thanks to Brandan Tarry and the mapping team at the ALP Faculty, School of Access NSCC, who shared this really cool “Newcomer Map” with me to pass on to you.  If you lived in Halifax a while, or all your life, you know where things are, but if you just arrive, it can be daunting to learn.  This project shows where things – read more –

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Sidewalk Snow Removal Changes, Participatory Budgeting Program Update, New Affordable Access Program, Bike Week and more

District 7 Newsletter – May-June 2019 Hi all, wanted to get a newsletter out to start the week.  Before we get to public meetings and community events, I want to update you on sidewalk snow removal changes, participatory budgeting program changes, the new Affordable Access program launch, and travelling to FCM Quebec. A little over a month ago I promised to bring a motion to deal with substandard snow clearing of sidewalks by contractors, especially in the northern half of the – read more –

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Participatory Budgeting Renewal Meeting this week, update on old downtown library site, more…

Just a very quick note regarding two things happening this week and next. First is the Participatory Budgeting Renewal meeting taking place CORRECTED AGAIN Thursday, May 16th at the Central Library at 7:00 PM.  I’ve been talking about this meeting for a while and some folks asked me what the goal of the meeting is. After six years, we have a number of questions we want to hear from you about.  Do we want to reduce – read more –

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Downtown bike lanes, rental apartment registration, 2019/20 D7 paving, more…

    Lots of great stuff has been happening at City Hall the last few weeks! First I would like to thank residents for their patience as I have been travelling and away so extensively the last while due to my role as President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM). I wouldn’t be doing it if I was not convinced that Halifax and Nova Scotia are well served by NSFM, and it has been a – read more –

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Cenotaph and Afghan War dates

In this blog I am sharing the email I have developed that summarizes why Council has made the correct decision regarding the Afghan War dates on the Cenotaph in Grand Parade. I think it is unfortunate that we are debating this for the third time on Tuesday. Thank you for the email. It is not the first I have received, so I have assembled this response to try and cover off on the varied concerns – read more –

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Participatory budgeting review and delay, next two weeks, Camp Courage, more.

So, March came in like a lion, let us hope it goes out like a lamb. You can read my apology and thoughts on sidewalk snow removal here. Participatory budget delay for review, rethink and redesign It’s been six great years of Participatory Budgeting, and it’s time to talk about what changes we may want to see to make it even better. I had hoped to have a meeting last Fall but we ran out – read more –

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MYTHBUSTERS – are rural assessments hiding urban/suburban average assessed values in HRM?

During this year’s budget debate some folks on twitter convinced some councillors of the following myth – the average assessment in HRM was artificially low because the rural home values were bringing down the average, hiding how high taxes in the urban/suburban assessments were becoming. I asked staff to review this and they found the urban service average is $249,900 (this is for the urban and suburban area on the map above), only slightly higher – read more –

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Poor state of sidewalk snow removal

I wanted post a quick note to acknowledge the poor state of sidewalks in Halifax right now. The quality of snow removal this last storm has not been acceptable. The standards the municipality has adopted for sidewalk snow clearing are not very good, allowing up to a day and a half before residential sidewalks have to be cleared, and this week even those weak standards have not been met. This has to change. While the – read more –

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The Cogswell Interchange is coming down, community events, more.

Quick note this Friday afternoon as I try and get this update out for residents.  Just one big bit of news. Tuesday at Regional Council was a historic day – the interchange is coming down! The Cogswell District public realm (transportation, parks) plans were approved. The size, shape and feel of the buildings are yet to come.  Engagement regarding commemoration and placemaking, especially the focus on African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities will continue. The – read more –

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Cogswell Notes – June 2018

Note: These are my speaking notes from the Council meeting where the 60% design was approved. I am posting them because I find it interesting how the Gehl report, available this week, pretty much lines up with the concerns that were being raised at Council a year and a half ago. Resources: I put all the Cogswell Reports together in one place so they are available in this dropbox folder. Very excited to see this – read more –

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Is it Spring yet? Upcoming public hearings and some community events.

Been a while since my last update.  Wanted to get these public hearing dates and community events out today before Council starts at 1pm.  A longer update will come next week sometime. Until then, take care! Public Hearings February 12, 2019 6pm | Halifax City Hall Case 20267- Amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law, and a proposed development agreement to enable a five-storey building on lands fronting Chebucto Road, – read more –

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Winter is coming, holiday hours, snow and parking, budget, plastic bags, more

Hi folks, I wanted to get another e-newsletter out before winter holidays start up.  While I’m going to be out from December 17 to January 3 and only periodically checking email, you can always call the council support office during the business day at 902-490-4050 and one of our excellent staff will be happy to assist. In addition to some public meetings and events coming up I wanted to remind you that winter is coming – read more –

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Quick update: Oval Jobs, Strong Towns, Ralston Building, Youth Advisory Committee, Ben’s Bread Public Hearing

A bunch of good stuff came in this weekend so please accept this little update on the heels of last weeks full length enewsletter. Curbside Chat with Strong Towns Chuck MarohnWednesday November 7, doors open at 6:30pm | Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University AveMarohn will deliver the Curbside Chat at a public presentation presented by the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia (LPPANS).  In the Curbside Chat, we explain, in – read more –