Progressive Ideas: My plan for the next four years | Campaign 2016

On October 15, 2016 I was elected as Councillor for District 7 Halifax South Downtown.  Once again, as I did in 2012, I’ve archived the campaign site here on my blog, so that all my web material is all in one place.  Below was the top page of promises, that drills down to more detailed policy proposals. ON OCTOBER 15, RE-ELECT WAYE MASON In 2012 the residents of District 7 voted for change and together we’ve made great progress. Council has been reformed, read more


Proven Results

PROVEN RESULTS: REPORT CARD 2016 I made 30 commitments during the 2012 election, and I have provided yearly report cards to residents about my progress. As of May 2016, 22 commitments have been completed, and eight are underway and on going. FIX COUNCIL:     PROMISE STATUS DETAILS Establish a Municipal Ombudsperson’s Office Pass a sunshine by-law Complete The provincial Office of the Ombudsman provides these services. Motion made to better coordinate and publicize this service to residents who are read more


Housing affordability a critical issue for HRM and District 7

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Halifax Regional Municipality must continue to set the agenda on issues of housing and homelessness. As Halifax’s economy has started to grow, development has returned to the peninsula with a speed and ferocity that has not been seen since the Second World War. This pressure is making it harder for read more


Protecting our homes and neighbourhoods in District 7

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. We need to protect and preserve family-oriented residential neighbourhoods in District 7 and HRM’s regional centre. Recent rapid growth in Halifax has lead to some questionable developments in our historically residential neighbourhoods of low-rise, wood frame houses and flats. District 7 residents are not against development or change. We want read more


Plan to renew our aging parks and rec infrastructure

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. District 7 parks and rec facilities are wonderful, but aging. After years of neglect we are bringing them back. When people think of the peninsula and parks, they focus on big regional parks like the Common and Point Pleasant Park. While residents enjoy these spaces, we need to continue to read more


A better tax plan for people and business

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Residents deserve spending restraint, commercial tax reform, and residential tax flexibility. Taxation for residents and businesses was an issue I spoke about passionately during the last election. I said then that taxes must fairly reflect the cost of services delivered in each tax area, business tax rates must be competitive, read more


Let’s make Halifax a place young people rave about

Little Easy Launch – photo by Natalie Irwin Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. The municipality needs to be a youthful city – the kind of place young people want to move to and stay in. It is too easy for the government to ignore the needs and aspirations of our youth. Students and young people read more


Safer streets for everyone in HRM

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Residents deserve streets that are safe for everyone – whether they are driving a car, riding a bus, a bicycle, or walking There are too many collisions that are causing injuries or fatalities in our streets. On foot, by bicycle, or in a car we should all be able to read more


Becoming one of the most accessible communities in Canada

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. HRM must further improve accessibility and to hire a workforce that better reflects the municipality’s population. According to Stats Canada nearly one fifth of Canadians are people with disabilities; it is anticipated to grow to one third by 2026. Nova Scotians have the highest prevalence of disability in Canada.  18.9% read more


It’s time to expand our rapid transit network

Like the last election I’ve made 30 promises this campaign, progressive ideas that focus on our neighbourhood priorities, supports stronger communities, and builds a better HRM. This is a detail policy blog that outlines three of those promises. Halifax needs to be implementing an expanded network of higher-order transit by 2020. Higher-order (or rapid) transit service is separated partially or completely from general vehicular traffic and is therefore faster, more reliable and moves more people  than  transit vehicles operating in mixed traffic.  The Dartmouth ferry is our best read more