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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 –


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 –

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Fall is here, notes on CFL stadium, events, more

Hello folks, It’s been a very busy month in District 7 and City Hall, from changes to residential parking permits to setting a public hearing for the Ben’s Bread site, and lots in between.  Some very good park news with the new Gorsebrook Park playground being officially opened and the stage/seating area in Cornwallis Park being completed.  Most paving will be done in the next while, and hopefully snow stays away until January again! My – read more –

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Quick Update – Kaohsiung trip, Cogswell charette, secondary suites, Kiwanis key leaders camp

The great weather continues and some great things have happened this week, from swimming in the harbour to the Gorsebrook playground opening.  I wanted to send another quick note today for two reasons – in addition to my last newsletter there three things coming up that I want to remind folks about: Cogswell charette, secondary suites, and Kiwanis Key Leader Camp, and I wanted to tell you what I would be up to next two – read more –

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Fall is here! Imagine Spring Garden, Accessibility Town Hall, road construction update, more.

Hi all, Fall is here, and so are the students, traffic, fall weather, and fall events!  I love this time of year, the energy and just weekend after weekend of cool festivals and events.  A lot of them are listed here for your consideration. Just a couple of notes. There will be two very important public meetings in the next two weeks.  One is the Imagine Spring Garden Road engagement happening this Monday, 6pm, in – read more –

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Natal Day, Hot Hot Heat, Smoking And Cannabis, More

    Hi all, hope your summer is going well.  Happy almost Natal Day weekend!  This is a short newsletter update with just a few things to share. I love the heat, but not everyone does and for some folks this weather can be dangerous.  As the Environment Canada site says extreme heat affects everyone.  It goes on to say “Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the – read more –


An update on smoking and cannabis

I’ve been sending variations on this post as an email to people who have contacted me with questions but I wanted to share it more broadly: I understand the concerns I hear from the public about the proposed rules around smoking in public places. Really, Halifax has done a horrible job communicating what the intent of the by-law changes and more importantly how we see them being enforced. The two biggest complaints I have heard – read more –


A quick update on the CFL stadium discussion

A quick update on the CFL stadium discussion. I will vote for a staff report, because there are options that may be worth exploring and we are not committed to anything, and this means future discussions are public. Under no circumstance is HRM considering building and operating a stadium, but we are being asked to help pay for it if it happens. What form that support could be is still an open question. My support – read more –

Lucy & Griffen vote, folks having a look at projects, and Galiba & Unaiza pondering at PB 2018.
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Participatory Budgeting, Willow Tree Tower vote, discrimination and bullying in the workforce at HRM, more.

  Hello all, A fair bit of news and not as many events as we head into summer.  In this enewsletter I am going to touch briefly on Participatory Budgeting, the Willow Tree Tower, and discrimination and bullying in the HRM workforce, and bus stop improvements! Despite a disappointing outcome last night (more on that in a minute) it was great seeing so many of you and hearing so many passionate and well thought out arguments!  – read more –


Council Motion regarding bullying, sexual harassment, and racial discrimination

I was pleased to move the following and see it adopted unanimously last night.  More on the discussion here. That Halifax Regional Council expresses support for the actions and response from the Chief Administrative Officer, June 11, 2018, regarding HRM’s commitment to a safe workplace, responding to the Employment Systems Review and the Human Rights Commission report, and; That the Chief Administrative Officer be directed to provide quarterly public progress reports to Regional Council, subject – read more –

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6th annual District 7 Participatory Budgeting results are in

After a fun filled night six projects receive full funding, and one receiving partial funding. Voting took place Wednesday evening in the Halifax Central Library, with 405 residents of all ages coming out to decide which community projects would receive funding for 2018/19. “It is very rewarding to see the expectation and excitement from residents, especially the school age kids” said Waye Mason, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for District 7. Each district in Halifax has – read more –