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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 that they no longer need.  It will not impact the Gorsebrook park directly – it – read 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 of what is going on, the good, bad and ugly, and what I hope we – read more –

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Budget section updated

I’ve had some interest from readers and members of the public about what is going on with the budget, so I updated the budget section of the website. This weekend there was some discussion on twitter about what was going to happen with Metro Transit next fiscal year (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014). Council has decided to move budget debate to Audit & Finance.  So, while the public cannot speak at these meetings – read more –

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New Website, sort of.

So over the last week or two I’ve been working on consolidating my campaign website, my post-election website and my blog into one single site.  Why?  To put all my material in one place, and so that I only have one site to update.  All the campaign material is here, and all the wayemason.ca blog posts are here too. Most importantly, my calendar is now on line, so people can see exactly what I am – read 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, the Halifax MPS, the Downtown Halifax Secondary MPS, and the Downtown Halifax land use bylaw, – read more –

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Day 4 & 5

Wednesday I taught at NSCC.  Not a lot of calls, or emails.  It is mid-term at the college and I have tests going out and stuff to mark, so it was pretty quiet. Thursday was a big day.  I finally got a haircut.  Then I met with the Mayor Elect for an hour.  I like Mike Savage, and I don’t envy him, all eyes are on the Mayor and expect him to deliver the goods, – read more –

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Day 3 – Campaign’s don’t end on election night

So the last post was wrong.  Really it should have said day 1 & 2.  Day 3 was Tuesday, Oct 23, and the day started with breakfast with my friend AJ, a pastor I met during campaigning who I really enjoy talking to.  I suppose talking to people is a big part his job, mine too now that I think about it. Next, I headed over to my agent’s office, to start getting the final – read more –

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Councillor Elect, day 1 thru 3!

At 9:30pm on Oct 20th Sue Uteck called and conceded the election to me.  After nine months of hard work I had won the new District 7.   We, the campaign team, announced my win to the supporters waiting at the Hub Halifax and headed to the Marquee to celebrate and help close the Halifax Pop Explosion‘s 20th Anniversary.  The Mayor Elect called me at around 10:30 to a) ask if I had in fact really won, – read more –