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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 –more–

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For the record

The following apologies were accepted by Council today and complaints against me dismissed.  The dashes are where the HRM Privacy Office has redacted the apology to protect the identity of the complainant. Apology 1 – While I admit I have at times let my strong feelings about this issue influence the way I have expressed my disagreement, my sincere intention –more–

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Cornwallis Committee Timeline

  October 3, 2017 – Regional Council adopts administrative order to establish Cornwallis Committee, requests names from the Assembly, Mayor writes the Chief’s to request six names. November 9 – letter received from the Assembly by Mayor’s office, forwarded to Clerk’s Office November 20 2017 – is received by HRM Government Relations (GREA) from the Clerk’s Office with the Assembly’s –more–

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Housing Motion and Speaking Notes

Today I moved a motion that I hope results in a really deep dive into whether the municipality should resume administering affordable housing on behalf of the province.  Below is the motion, and my speaking notes (check against delivery).   The motion, now passed at committee, goes to Regional Council for debate. Motion as amended (check against approved report) (passed 5 –more–

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Car Noise – Feedback to Allnovascotia UPDATED

I know a lot of residents are concerned about vehicle noise and the disruption the renewed use of after market mufflers is causing.  Unfortunately there are very limited effective tools right now to issue tickets.  I wrote a short note updating Allnovascotia owner David Bentley in response to his editorial yesterday, but ANS didn’t publish it.  Because so many people –more–

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Sidewalks in downtown, an update

Let’s face it, the unusually high number of construction projects have made parts of downtown a challenge to navigate and enjoy this summer. For my own sanity I put together a list of projects underway right now in the downtown core (1 square km from Cogswell to the Superstore, waterfront to South Park) with anticipated dates that the sidewalk will –more–

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Wanderers Grounds pop up stadium proposal

I’ve received a lot of emails concerned about the proposed “pop up stadium” on the Wanderer’s grounds. I share a lot of the concerns! First off, Council is not deciding to allow this, Council will possibly ask for a staff report to consider the proposal. This is very far from a done deal, there are many questions that need to –more–

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Argyle street update

I am very excited that the Argyle renovation is finally happening, though I understand the concerns folks have about the potential impact on local business. The proposal to renovate Argyle came from the business community, coming from a process that lead to this document in Feb 2012.  Funding was approved in 2013 and this specific project was approved by Council in April –more–

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Some speed data

Preston Street between Jennings Street and Watt Street –April –May 2016 16ATR146.pdf AAWT=1035 two way,437 northbound,597 southbound 85th percentile speed=46 KPH Average speed=34.6 KPH Preston Street between Norwood Street and York Street –May 2016 16ATR163.pdf AAWT= 2536 two way,1309 northbound,1227 southbound 85th percentile speed=46 KPH Average speed=36.4 KPH Vernon Street between Cedar Street and Jubilee Road –November-December.2016 16ATR575,pdf AAWT=3592 two –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 –more–

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Response to Premier McNeil’s statement on Cornwallis Park

I welcome Premier McNeil’s as well as Allan MacMaster’s input into the ongoing discussion around Cornwallis Park’s name and statue. I agree that the name and treatment of this statue is problematic, and I have been working to address this for some time. Since May 2014 I have been engaged in this dialogue, asking the question “What do we do –more–

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Bill 118 Heritage Property Act – presentation to Law Amendments

Honorable Members, It is a great pleasure to be here in our historic legislature to discuss the proposed amendments under bill 118. I am Waye Mason, here today speaking in my capacity as a Councillor for District 7, Halifax South Downtown, the home of Halifax’s only proclaimed heritage conservation district, and the hopefully site of three or four more. Heritage –more–