Community

District 7 Residents Will Decide How to Spend $92,000

            This article is archived from 2013.  For current info click here. Be part of a new way of making decisions about spending public money in Halifax. Residents of District 7 Peninsula South Downtown are invited to join Waye Mason, HRM Councillor, in a participatory budgeting process to distribute $92,000 in capital funding to the community. “We are trying a new and different way to make decisions about how to – read more –

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District 7 Residents Will Decide How to Spend $92,000

Be part of a new way of making decisions about spending public money in Halifax. Residents of District 7 Peninsula South Downtown are invited to join Waye Mason, HRM Councillor, in a participatory budgeting process to distribute $92,000 in capital funding to the community. “We are trying a new and different way to make decisions about how to spend public money in our community” said Mason. “Community members will decide how to spend this money. By collaborating – read more –

News & Updates

Update 4 – the Spring Has Sprung Edition!

Share the Road Workshop – May 15 6:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m North-South Peninsula Bike Route Recommendation – May 16 Cogswell Shake-Up – May 16 National Public Works Week – May 23 Greenhouse Open House & Tours – May 25 from 9 am – 3 pm. The Kraft Celebration Tour  – June 7, 2013 Doors Open Halifax – June 8 & 9, 2013 Mark Your Calendars for Curbside Give Away Weekend – June 8 & 9, – read more –

Blog

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 0.7% tax increase. I voted against this service and tax increase and I want to – read more –

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News & Updates

Expenses to March 2013

A quick update.  Three new PDFs are in my expense folder online. One is for $49.63 in travel in December that I had misplaced.  Thanks to my admin Lynn for finding it so we could post it. One if for the CSA work boots I mentioned in my last post – $114.99 Last months claim for $122.46 in travel related expenses. In other news, since I do not bring my car downtown I turned over – read more –

News & Updates

HRM Budget 2013/14 now online

UPDATE: the HRM budget was passed April 30.  The passed version is online now. The proposed HRM operating and project (capital) budgets for 2013/14 are now online.  A change book showing the last two years expenses (line by line) and proposed budget for this year is also online. On the whole, I am satisfied. There are things I would like to see done differently of course, but that is the way it goes.  The process – read more –

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News & Updates

District 7 Newsletter #1, April 14 2013, inaugural edition!

Dear Residents and Friends, This is my first email update since the election. If you received this email in error, please accept my apology, and unsubscribe by clicking here. If you have moved since the election or otherwise want to update your contact information click here. (web readers, you can sign up for the newsletter on the right!) The newsletter contains short summaries around the following items: Short update My website – expenses, deposits on cans and bottles, and – read more –

News & Updates

Update on Bottle Deposit Debate

I promised some details on HRMs proposal around the bottle deposit.  What follows is a slightly edited version of HRMs official speil. For my own part though, the key take aways for residents are: this is an idea, but not the only idea to fix the RRFB system and I look forward to your input and ideas!  The five cent bottle refund predates curbside pickup starting. The cost of running the refund system is growing – read more –

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Halifax Density Maps (2011 census data)

This week I presented at Pecha Kucha 13 at the Seahorse and the audience was very much full of Dalhousie Planners and creatives who care about urban design. I got a lot of compliments on the density maps that I used in my presentation (it was that kind of crowd!).  None other than Peter Dykhuis complimented me on the maps, which was a huge compliment. Trouble is they are not my maps!  They were created – read more –

News & Updates

Snow continues, 20 cms still to fall

A storm started around midnight last night. Residents should be mindful that during a major snow event that the city will focus on keeping main roads open and secondary roads will come later. Again, it is important to note that the service standard for side roads/residential roads is “clear 24 hours AFTER snowfall” so if it snows all night and day, plows are unlikely to hit P2 roads until end of day tomorrow, after work. – read more –

Meetings & Events

PUBLIC MEETING: North Park Intersections

A little editorial before the official note – I am very excited to hear the public feedback on this exciting proposal for North Park Street, I really urge people to come and take part! North Park Intersection Redesign Upcoming Public Engagement Session The intersections at North Park/Cunard/Agricola and North Park/Rainnie/Cogswell need to be upgraded. Neither of these intersections meet national transportation standards and both suffer from aging infrastructure, problematic traffic flow, frequent collisions, and poor connectivity. HRM has – read more –

Meetings & Events

PUBLIC MEETING: Permanent Building At The Oval

Come join the conversation about a permanent building at the Oval As part of the ongoing process to establish the Oval as a year round facility on the north Halifax Common, HRM and DSRA Architecture will be hosting a public consultation session on Wednesday, February 13, from 7-9 pm at the Atlantica Hotel.  Everyone is welcome to participate in an open discussion about the permanent structure at the Oval. The evening will involve a hands-on workshop aimed – read more –

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News & Updates

Winter is really, truly here… time to do the snow day dance! Feb 3 & 4 2013 (updated)

This is a big snow storm, by far the biggest of the year. Residents should be mindful that during a major snow event that the city will focus on keeping main roads open and secondary roads will come later.  I’ve reprinted the service standard below, but it is important to note that the service standard for side roads/residential roads is “clear 24 hours AFTER snowfall” so if it snows all night and day, plows are – read more –

News & Updates

Snow day in Halifax – snow info for January 22, 2013

Snow this morning means HRSB closed Halifax public schools today.  Acadian and private schools may be open, check respective sites.  HRM Rec is closed until noon, check back at 11am for updates about this afternoon. For school closure info click here. For other closure check the CBC site here. Here is the snow ops update for 8am Forecast is for 5-10cms of snow ending late afternoon. Snow started at 6am. Municipal Operation’s crews started anti – read more –

Community

Community Meeting, MacKeen Manor, Friday January 25

Friday, January 25, 1pm MacKeen Lounge Join Councillor Waye Mason and Constable Illya Nielsen. Constable Nielsen is the Halifax  Regional Police Community Response Officer for Halifax South End, and will join the District 7 Councillor to discuss community safety. This is a community meeting for all residents of MacKeen Manor and John Hugh MacKenzie Cooperative. Coffee, tea & treats provided!