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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 be answered first. Sports Entertainment Atlantic has requested HRM consider allowing temporary bleachers at Wanderers – read 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 2016. The business community has been involved with the development and timing of this for – read 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 way,1431 northbound,2161 southbound 85th percentile speed=46.0 KPH Average speed=38.0 KPH Vernon Street between Coburg Road – read more –

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Taxis, Licensing and Appeals motion for March 7

I will be making the following motion, hopefully at tomorrow’s Council, if not at the following. Reason: What citizens in HRM value is a taxi system that is safe for all. It is important that the public both know and feel the taxi system in HRM is safe. People should only be licensed to drive a cab if they contribute to the fact and perception of the public that the taxi system is safe for – read more –

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About the election

I’ve decided not to combine my Councillor website and re-election website. This site is my main way of communicating with constituents, and this tool needs to be here for folks whether they may vote for me or not. Re-election info will be over here on votewayemason.ca, where I will maintain a separate email list and keep all the election related posts over there too. You can also visit http://halifax.ca/election/ for more election info! Thanks! Waye  

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HRM tax and budget indicators 1995-2016

My friend political science professor and data nerd Zack Taylor has been producing these graphs for Toronto for the last couple years.  I worked to get him the HRM data, as I like the visualization as an indicator about “how are we doing” as far as taxes, budgeting and growth. Taxes and budget size has been dropping for the first time since the 1990s… read on. Figure 1 – Gross budget While the gross budget – read 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 as a society with commemorative naming and assets that may have become unrepresentative of our – read 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 as a society with commemorative landscapes that are unrepresentative of present values?” This discussion has – read 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 policy is important to Halifax, and a key component of our Regional Plan. We have – read 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 is updated every three to four years, as is the current policy in Saskatchewan and – read 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 unemployment rate (Feb 2016/April 2015) Nova Scotia 15.4 / 16.0% Quebec 13.8 / 13.6% Ontario – read 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 it needs a little love in return. We will talk about about the history of – read 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 to the unfolding Syrian refugee crisis; 2) The Mayor to write a letter to the – read 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 your district, from China and the Middle East in particular, is it possible that Mandarin – read more –