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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–

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Commercial Tax Motion

It is recommended that Halifax Regional Council direct the Mayor to write the Minister of Municipal Affairs to: (1) Request that the Provincial Government, in order to increase predictability for taxpayers, consider making changes to the legislation governing the assessment process so that: a) The annual valuation is averaged over a three year period or, b) The full assessment roll –more–

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Some Halifax related Stats

Important to see the city to city stats, to as the provincial stats are so poor, and don’t really paint the picture of how Halifax is doing. All figures Statscan unless indicated.  Updated Feb 19, 2016 with latest available statistics. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates – 3 month moving average (January 2016): Halifax 6.5% Montreal 8.7% Toronto 7.0% Vancouver 5.7% Youth –more–

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Thursday Oct 29 | Gorsebrook Park Meeting

Gorsebrook Park Meeting Thursday October 29 6:30pm-8:30pm Loyola L283 – Saint Mary’s University Please join me for a meeting of residents and regular users of Gorserbook Park. I am bringing together the teams and leagues the book the fields as well as the community association, school communities and of course residents. Gorsebrook Park is the heart of our community, and –more–

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Syrian Refugee Crisis motion

Whereas the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean has captured the attention of people across Canada and around the world, Regional Council request: 1) The Mayor to write a letter to the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, assuring that Halifax will provide a welcoming environment for refugees, and calling on the Government of Canada to act urgently in response –more–

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Headline – Local magazine asks about business cards

Dear people of Halifax… I don’t know what to think about an email like this.  Thoughts? From: blake@frankmagazine.ca To: Mason, Waye RE: Business Cards question Hello Councillor, I have a couple of quick questions for you about your business cards. I was wondering, what made you decide to print ‘councillor’ in French, Gaelic, and Micmac? Considering how many Asian students live in –more–

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What’s in a name? The Dartmouth FAQ

Several unrelated things have led a lot of Dartmouthians to wrongly believe that the municipal government is trying to officially erase the name Dartmouth. It isn’t true, and anyone who tells you that this is the plan has not done the research or has some other agenda. I put this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) together to answer some of the rumours –more–

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Heavy/Large Industrial Tax Agreement Info

Other municipalities have industrial tax rates or deals for heavy industry.  This is something that Halifax has done for decades (shipyards, airport, NS Power, Heritage Gas).  It has for the last while been done through partnership with the Province. From what Gloria McCluskey says when the municipalities did their own assessment she recalls knocking 50% off the Dartmouth Marine slips –more–

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Mayor Savage End Hunger Game tomorrow night at Scotiabank Centre

Saturday November 29th at 7pm the Rainmen are playing PEI’s Island Storm at the Scotiabank Centre. The night is billed as the Mayor Savage End Hunger Game. Tickets are $10 for adults  with $3 going to FeedNS (promo code ‘feedns’, Kids 12 and under are free with an accompanying parent 2 kids per parent) The Rainmen and FeedNS are asking that spectators –more–