Downtown bike lanes, rental apartment registration, 2019/20 D7 paving, more…

    Lots of great stuff has been happening at City Hall the last few weeks! First I would like to thank residents for their patience as I have been travelling and away so extensively the last while due to my role as President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM). I wouldn’t be doing it if I was not convinced that Halifax and Nova Scotia are well served by NSFM, and it has been a huge honour to represent Nova read more

Participatory budgeting review and delay, next two weeks, Camp Courage, more.

So, March came in like a lion, let us hope it goes out like a lamb. You can read my apology and thoughts on sidewalk snow removal here. Participatory budget delay for review, rethink and redesign It’s been six great years of Participatory Budgeting, and it’s time to talk about what changes we may want to see to make it even better. I had hoped to have a meeting last Fall but we ran out of time, so I’ve decided read more

Is it Spring yet? Upcoming public hearings and some community events.

Been a while since my last update.  Wanted to get these public hearing dates and community events out today before Council starts at 1pm.  A longer update will come next week sometime. Until then, take care! Public Hearings February 12, 2019 6pm | Halifax City Hall Case 20267- Amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law, and a proposed development agreement to enable a five-storey building on lands fronting Chebucto Road, Beech Street and Elm Street, read more

Winter is coming, holiday hours, snow and parking, budget, plastic bags, more

Hi folks, I wanted to get another e-newsletter out before winter holidays start up.  While I’m going to be out from December 17 to January 3 and only periodically checking email, you can always call the council support office during the business day at 902-490-4050 and one of our excellent staff will be happy to assist. In addition to some public meetings and events coming up I wanted to remind you that winter is coming (in case you missed it!) read more

Fall is here! Imagine Spring Garden, Accessibility Town Hall, road construction update, more.

Hi all, Fall is here, and so are the students, traffic, fall weather, and fall events!  I love this time of year, the energy and just weekend after weekend of cool festivals and events.  A lot of them are listed here for your consideration. Just a couple of notes. There will be two very important public meetings in the next two weeks.  One is the Imagine Spring Garden Road engagement happening this Monday, 6pm, in the Atrium of City Centre read more

Natal Day, Hot Hot Heat, Smoking And Cannabis, More

    Hi all, hope your summer is going well.  Happy almost Natal Day weekend!  This is a short newsletter update with just a few things to share. I love the heat, but not everyone does and for some folks this weather can be dangerous.  As the Environment Canada site says extreme heat affects everyone.  It goes on to say “Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.”   read more

6th annual District 7 Participatory Budgeting results are in

After a fun filled night six projects receive full funding, and one receiving partial funding. Voting took place Wednesday evening in the Halifax Central Library, with 405 residents of all ages coming out to decide which community projects would receive funding for 2018/19. “It is very rewarding to see the expectation and excitement from residents, especially the school age kids” said Waye Mason, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for District 7. Each district in Halifax has a budget of $94,000 for a read more

Participatory Budgeting, Halifax Urban Greenway, Spring Garden and Robie proposal

Short update as promised, with Participatory Budgeting and two engagement opportunities.  A reminder, Halifax Bike Week is still underway until June 10!   For more info visit Participatory Budgeting VOTING DAY NEXT WEEK – Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Eligible projects present for a Science Fair Show-and-Tell style event where residents of District 7 voted on projects they wanted to get funded. Each resident was provided a ballot and have to vote on five projects. Each resident are read more

PB 2018 community vote, paving and works info, meetings & more

  Hi folks, it is positively sunny and almost summer like outside.  And with sun comes road work and other public works!  Below is a list of paving projects that they hope to get through this summer, but a big note is the upgrade of the traffic signals at South and Robie.  Work begins today and last until mid July. Crews will be on site weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lane drops will be in place while work is underway as read more

District 7’s 5th annual participatory budgeting voting end with a record turnout

Five projects received full funding & one more received partial funding Five hundred and thirty seven residents of Halifax South Downtown voted tonight to decide which community projects would receive funding in the districts 5th annual participatory budget vote. Residents, many of them children, came to the Halifax Central Library and voted to support five of the nine citizen-led initiatives through funding from District 7 discretionary capital fund. “We opened the doors an hour earlier than last year and people were read more

Wifi at the Oval, AirBnB party house reporting, upcoming issues for 2020, more

I hope you had an enjoyable winter holiday period. We were back at City Hall last week holding a Budget Committee meeting, meeting residents, and of course enjoying the inconvenient but beautiful snow day on Wednesday! A lot is coming up this year in terms of important direction for the municipality – decision and direction on higher order transit, library construction and rehabilitation funding, affordable housing funding through the new Centre Plan fund, of course Halifact 2050, our municipal contribution read more

Young Ave update, Gorsebrook Park, geosmin, more

What a couple of weeks eh? First off, a huge thank you to the Young Avenue District Heritage Conservation Society, the Park to Park Community Association, the NS Heritage Trust, the Local Council of Women Halifax, and every other group and individual who rallied so quickly last week to save Young Avenue. From an unexpected notice of motion on November 26 to the withdrawal of the motion December 3, hundreds of people called councillors, sent in letters, signed petitions, and mobilized the community. read more

Important Update On Young Avenue

UPDATE:  after considerable uproar and it looking increasingly unlikely that the motion would get anywhere near the votes required, Councillor Adams withdrew his motion at the December 3, 2019 Council meeting. A lot of residents have contacted me asking why Councillor Adams gave a Notice of Motion to ask council to consider allowing multi-unit apartment buildings on Young Ave. (edit – the motion does not explicitly ask for multi-unit, but that is what the proponent has asked for since April, and read more

Participatory Budget vote cancelled, affordable housing program and Centre Plan, more

Hello all, couple of quick notes and some great community events to share. The District 7 Participatory Budgeting Vote Night scheduled for November 4th has been cancelled. We tried moving the vote night to the Fall to see if we could get more people involved, and it has not worked out! We did not get enough projects submitted to allow for a vote, so we have decided to consider funding all the projects that were submitted. This means that while there read more

Crane Removal Update – Government of Nova Scotia – Wednesday October 23 2019 11:08am

Workers successfully removed the top section of the main tower of the fallen crane late yesterday. This represents a major milestone in the project. With both the top and middle sections of the tower removed from the building over the past two days,  the evacuation order has been lifted by Halifax Fire and Emergency for residents in the northeast and northwest sides of the Trillium. As work is still ongoing, it is recommended that residents stay off their balconies and read more