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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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My Expenses

(I wrote this in 2015) Last few weeks have been all about expense news stories.  From Senate expense stories to the MLA expenses to MPs flights it seems this has become top of mind. A result of all this news is that is that the Council office has been hit with a dozen FOI and routine disclosure requests from various media –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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Urban Core Community Council

I have thought for some time that we need an Urban Core Community Council. We already have three community councils, and every district is in one. I think that the way the community councils were set up in 2012 is wrong because it means the same rural/suburban/urban mix we see on council is also happening on the two community councils –more–