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On unexpected sidewalk snow removal and tax increases.

I’m writing to let residents know about sidewalk snow removal and resultant tax increase that Council approved this week. It is unfortunate and frustrating that this budget that in many other ways is a good budget that I am excited about and that originally was going to provide a 1.5% tax rate decrease for residents has now resulted in a –more–

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School Closure Resources – Documents for SJAM and Joseph Howe.

I posted my letter to HRSB about the school closures yesterday and it generated a lot of comment.  During the 2007-09 school closure fight I was one of the leaders of the group that fought to keep peninsula schools open. I was also the webmaster of the Citadelschools website, and kept a lot of resources around in case this happened –more–

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Letter to HRSB regarding school closures, promises made, Joe Howe, & how we can do better together.

EDIT – added some resource links for parents and residents here. Gin Yee, Chair Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X7 March 25, 2013 Dear Mr. Yee, I am writing to you with my thoughts and concerns regarding the upcoming school identification process. First, let me acknowledge the difficult situation the Board and staff of –more–

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HRM acronyms – alphabet soup exposed

SUP = Strategic Urban Partnership (economic plan coordinating body) GHP = Greater Halifax Partnership (HRM economic development agency) CDAC = community design AC (HRM citizens advisory committee for planning) CPED = community planning economic development SC RP5 = regional plan 5 year review AC = advisory cmte (with citizens) SC = standing cmte (just council)  

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Some details on the possible Gorsebrook arena.

I’ve been getting some calls and emails about the possible rink at South Street adjacent to Gorsebrook, today there is an article in the paper.  Here is some more information about this project. It is proposed for the former PMQ lands between Wellington and APSEA, which is currently a parking lot and was slated for an expansion of the IWK –more–

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A brief update on the future of downtown, industrial parks, and economic plans.

  I’ve had a lot of emails and tweets today from people asking what the heck is going on with council, HRM and downtown.  Concern was raised two weeks ago by the approval for the Burnside sale of parcel 12-4, and has gone stratospheric today because of the sale of the final Bayer’s Lake parcel. So, here is a summary –more–

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WORDS – my five minutes on the Skye proposal

Mr Mayor I am pleased move this motion and support staff’s recommendation that council not move to first reading. As staff just outlined there are five amendments that would be required to allow this proposal to go forward. The discussion today is about trust. Does council trust that we got it right when we passed the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy, –more–