African Heritage Month, Transit Priority Corridor, Dessert Auction, Pond Dredging, more

February 1 marks the beginning of African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia. This is Canada’s oldest celebration of African Heritage, marking its 34th year this year.  This years theme is “Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community.”  This theme honours the legacy of community collaboration that has become the base for educating, promoting and celebrating this important part of Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage. It also creates awareness around the declaration by the United Nations of 2015 – 2024 as the International Decade for People of read more

Housing Motion and Speaking Notes

Today I moved a motion that I hope results in a really deep dive into whether the municipality should resume administering affordable housing on behalf of the province.  Below is the motion, and my speaking notes (check against delivery).   The motion, now passed at committee, goes to Regional Council for debate. Motion as amended (check against approved report) (passed 5 to 1): That the Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee recommend that Halifax Regional Council request a staff report read more

This Is The New Year – Shelters, Playgrounds, Quinpool/Robie Public Hearing, more

Happy new year to you!  2018 sure started with a bang, didn’t it?  I had not intended to write much to introduce this newsletter, but I wanted to ask for your help. I was humbled to witness the dedication, hard work and commitment of the various shelter and homelessness charities. I’ve been constantly amazed by both of their staff and the countless volunteers during the cold snap the last three weeks – especially during the two winter storms.  These people read more