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, none of which are more read more


Waye Mason Announces Bid for HRM Council

Hello. My name is Waye Mason, and I hope that on October 20th, 2012 you will vote for me for Councillor, District 7, Peninsula South Downtown. I’ve been a resident of District 7 for almost twenty years, and I have been involved in issues in our region & our district throughout this time. To learn more about me, please visit my bio page. District 7 and HRM needs a councillor who will be able to achieve the change that our read more


OPENFILE: St Pat’s decision reveals ethics deficit at HRM

Tuesday, HRM Council voted in a 13 to 9 vote to once again confirm the sale of the St Patrick’s Alexandra school property to the Jono developments. Staff had prepared a report, as requested, outlining options regarding, both in this case and the last decade of surplus school disposals, HRM’s failure to follow the policy it had enacted in 2000. Tim Bousquet at the Coast called foul on the staff report, stating that the either or choice staff presented council read more


OPENFILE: The windows are closed, again

Reality TV is still a big deal, right? Sure, sitcoms are ascendant (my favorite is Community, of course) butSurvivor is still on, The Amazing Race is a huge hit, and of course almost every show on the Food Network. As of last night, my favorite reality show is HRM Council. Watching them debate reconsideration of the sale of St. Pat’s-Alexandra School was an intense roller-coaster ride, like some CBC version of an old West Wing episode. The short version is: after making the citizens from the community supporting read more


Finger pointing and passing the buck; just another day at City Hall

“Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.” —Russell Lynes Unlike the last month or so, this time, when I write “there’s nothing to report about council,” it’s not because our elected municipal government was meeting in secret, but because they didn’t meet Tuesday night. Nevertheless, council landed back in the news with a resounding thud Tuesday. read more







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