My thoughts on Otter Lake.

We learned how to do this right back in 1995 and we are failing to heed those lessons now.  Garbage wars were replaced with discussion about garbage. I had hoped that the amendment to the motion positioning the CMC as a partner in this round of public consultation would re-frame the garbage review as a public lead process, and would defuse the election year concerns being raised by the provincial government and the two opposition parties. It now appears that read more


Update on the Nova Centre, and the interim planning area order

Let’s review the convention centre saga so far, from my point of view anyway! Council voted in 2009 to approve the Downtown Halifax Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy which includes the design of the Nova Centre at the blocks bounded by Market, Argyle, Sackville, and Prince.  This land use has been debated and passed by Council. Council voted on summer 2012 to sign the contract to partner with the Province on funding and participating in the Nova Centre, the new convention read more


On Detroit and HRM – some comparative figures

Reading about Detroit declaring bankruptcy tonight is fascinating and sad. Its also interesting to me (and to all of us, I hope) to see how bad it can get for a municipality that doesn’t stay on top of talent attraction, retention, and reinvestment in capital infrastructure and quality of life. Hard to come by accurate figures because apparently, well, there aren’t any.  Detroit was running about $300 million in the hole a year, give or take, on a budget of read more


The votes are in & District 7 residents have decided how to spend $92,000

A busy night sees six projects received full funding & four more receive partial funding District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents gathered tonight to discuss and vote on what community projects will make the biggest difference in their community.  Citizens had been invited by area Councillor Waye Mason to determine spending priorities for this years $92,000 district capital budget.  “This was a great opportunity to engage citizens in a real way that has immediate results,” said Mason. “I am especially pleased to read more


The votes are in & District 7 residents have decided how to spend $92,000

A busy night sees six projects received full funding & four more receive partial funding District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents gathered tonight to discuss and vote on what community projects will make the biggest difference in their community.  Citizens had been invited by area Councillor Waye Mason to determine spending priorities for this years $92,000 district capital budget.  “This was a great opportunity to engage citizens in a real way that has immediate results,” said Mason. “I am especially pleased to read more







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