News & Updates

Update #5 – participatory budgeting tomorrow, RP5, and much more

IN THIS EDITION Participatory Budgeting – FIRST MEETING TOMORROW (Wednesday) RP5: the most important piece of legislation that HRM will pass between now and the next election.​ African Nova Scotians’ Input Invited Find a Parking Spot with Spring Garden Road Business Association’s New App Help HRM Win Cash! Tunes at Noon Call for Submissions Transit seeks public art for Bridge Terminal Free Free Free! HRM’s Commuter Challenge On Now Put the Pedal to the Metal – read more –

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More about process and more who, what and where details! (note date change!)

Real money. Real projects. Real decisions – in District 7 Your city councillor has a budget of $92,000 to fund capital projects in your community. We are trying a new and different way to make decisions about how to spend public money in your neighbourhood: Community members – like YOU – will decide how to spend this money. Who CAN Apply? – not-for-profit organization with broad community benefit – PTA’s and SAC’s – daycare (if – read more –

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Parking on Quinpool, rp5 map 8 and what it says and does (or doesn’t)

i’m away right now but I have to respond to the discussion on twitter around the RP5 road plan. There are three interlocking issues around the questions around the proposed road map in the RP5 draft. They are the road network functional plan timeline, the meaning of the classification of the streets in the proposed map, and the timing of the proposed map being released. I do not believe the proposed map changes anything on – read more –

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RP5: the most important piece of legislation that HRM will pass between now and the next election.

UPDATE #1: Here is a post about the Quinpool Road impacts of Traffic Map concerns that were floating around twitter. UPDATE #2: Here is an email from Councillor Watts that I’ve republished that summarizes areas to look into in the regional plan. The Regional Plan is the set of bylaws that determine how HRM is going to shape our growth. This plan is  the most important documents HRM creates.  Simply put, the regional plan review – read more –

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 –

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

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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 –

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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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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 –

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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 –

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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 –