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Cenotaph and Afghan War dates

In this blog I am sharing the email I have developed that summarizes why Council has made the correct decision regarding the Afghan War dates on the Cenotaph in Grand Parade. I think it is unfortunate that we are debating this for the third time on Tuesday. Thank you for the email. It is not the first I have received, –more–

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MYTHBUSTERS – are rural assessments hiding urban/suburban average assessed values in HRM?

During this year’s budget debate some folks on twitter convinced some councillors of the following myth – the average assessment in HRM was artificially low because the rural home values were bringing down the average, hiding how high taxes in the urban/suburban assessments were becoming. I asked staff to review this and they found the urban service average is $249,900 –more–

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Poor state of sidewalk snow removal

I wanted post a quick note to acknowledge the poor state of sidewalks in Halifax right now. The quality of snow removal this last storm has not been acceptable. The standards the municipality has adopted for sidewalk snow clearing are not very good, allowing up to a day and a half before residential sidewalks have to be cleared, and this –more–

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Cogswell Notes – June 2018

Note: These are my speaking notes from the Council meeting where the 60% design was approved. I am posting them because I find it interesting how the Gehl report, available this week, pretty much lines up with the concerns that were being raised at Council a year and a half ago. Resources: I put all the Cogswell Reports together in –more–

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Quick update: Oval Jobs, Strong Towns, Ralston Building, Youth Advisory Committee, Ben’s Bread Public Hearing

A bunch of good stuff came in this weekend so please accept this little update on the heels of last weeks full length enewsletter. Curbside Chat with Strong Towns Chuck MarohnWednesday November 7, doors open at 6:30pm | Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University AveMarohn will deliver the Curbside Chat at a public presentation presented by the –more–

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Fall is here, notes on CFL stadium, events, more

Hello folks, It’s been a very busy month in District 7 and City Hall, from changes to residential parking permits to setting a public hearing for the Ben’s Bread site, and lots in between.  Some very good park news with the new Gorsebrook Park playground being officially opened and the stage/seating area in Cornwallis Park being completed.  Most paving will –more–

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Quick Update – Kaohsiung trip, Cogswell charette, secondary suites, Kiwanis key leaders camp

The great weather continues and some great things have happened this week, from swimming in the harbour to the Gorsebrook playground opening.  I wanted to send another quick note today for two reasons – in addition to my last newsletter there three things coming up that I want to remind folks about: Cogswell charette, secondary suites, and Kiwanis Key Leader –more–