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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 nominees. December 1 2017 – a potential issue is identified by GREA staff working on – read 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 to 1): That the Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee recommend that Halifax Regional – read 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 are have questions about these issues I’m posting it here. UPDATE – just recieved this – read 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 be back, with no scaffolding over it. Note – these are approximate!  Other projects will – read 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 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 –