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