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Centre Plan, Natal Day, summer events, more!

Just a quick update before things really slow down for August. I am very pleased to let you know Centre Plan Package A passed 1st reading and is heading toward a public hearing September 17. While I of course am keeping an open mind as we approach the hearing, I want to say I am pleased we have made it to this point! I do read in the media two things that concern me – that council – read more –

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My comments on the draft Common Master Plan

I submitted this as an email to staff as a part of the ongoing review and creation of a Common Master Plan. You should comment too!  More info here at Shapeyourcity. This is a great plan for a great space and I love the direction.  In no way take my many comments as a rejection of all this great work! But it is a plan and a space worthy of serious thought and input. It – read more –

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REMINDER – Public Hearings Monday July 15 and Tuesday July 16

REMINDER – PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK AT REGIONAL COUNCIL Halifax City Hall, Council Chamber, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax Hey all. A reminder of a couple of big public hearings next week, last couple before Centre Plan adoption. Please consider writing letters or coming to speak about what you like, what you do not like, what you would change. Send letters to clerks@halifax.ca before 1pm day of hearing. CORRECTED – Monday, July 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Case 20218 – Amend – read more –

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Summer heat, Centre Plan, Rail shuttle & Windsor Street Exchange, more!

Hi all, hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather that has finally arrived, just in time for festival season to start! I am not one to complain about the heat, but make sure you stay cool, hydrate, don’t over do it, and take care of yourself. When there are heat alerts in Halifax, community spots are organizing to provide measures for those lacking a cool place to call their own. Water, sunscreen and hats available for – read more –

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The Wellington Street public hearing is cancelled, rescheduled

Residents should be aware that due to an unexpected illness the Public Hearing for Case 20774 Wellington Street has been cancelled tonight and rescheduled to July 10.  I am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. Revised event listing below: Case 20774 – Amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law, and a proposed development agreement to enable an eight-storey building (plus penthouse) on the lands fronting Wellington Street CORRECTED – read more –

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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 –