Hurricane Teddy Update 2

NOAA has updated their tracking (next Env. Canada is 3pm) and they now predict 90-100% likelihood of tropical storm-force winds on the whole Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?start#contents Hurricane Teddy is on track to Hit Nova Scotia starting in just a few hours. It is important residents take this storm seriously, and take precautions. Given current tracking, it appears Teddy is going to wallop the entire Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. With the size of the storm, the strength of the read more


Hurricane Teddy Update 1

Hurricane Teddy is approaching Nova Scotia and while this morning it appears to be tracking to the northeast of central Halifax, in our recent experience hurricanes seem to ‘make up their minds’ when they are in sight of land. The direction the storm takes could see it land anywhere from Sambro to Canso right now, so it is important to be prepared. This post contains the official HRM update, NS Power update, and a list of practical things you can do to personally read more


Proposed Common Parking Garage part 2

I wanted to get this blog out showing the new provincial proposal for a parking garage far earlier than this, but my website crashed when running some updates and it took a couple hours to fix it, sorry about that.  I did write about the proposal in my newsletter yesterday.  I said: The Province has proposed a significantly different design to address the parking garage on Summer Street. You can read about that here in the Herald. It is a less read more


open letter to employees of the Halifax Regional Municipality

Dear colleagues, A heartfelt open letter to employees of the Halifax Regional Municipality: These are stressful times. We know staff are working harder than ever at keeping Halifax running. You are keeping our residents informed, served and safe. We value you and your efforts and we are conscious of the impact on you and your families. COVID-19 has changed the way we interact, changed our economy and is changing the way our municipality functions. It will take time to figure read more


Grafton Park (old library site) Update

Grafton Park is on the verge of being registered and protected as a Heritage site.  The heritage public hearing on the registration is Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00 P.M at City Hall. (report here) While keeping an open mind, I think this heritage registration is important. I also don’t want to mislead anyone… without substantial renovation and alteration the current library is hard for anyone else to use, and the mass graves under the site make it very hard to read more


Guest Blog: Using 3D Models as a Tool for Public Engagement – Commons Parkade

Marcel Tarnogorski is a recent Masters of Architecture grad from Dal who approached me and offered to make a correct rendering with the actual scale of the proposed Commons garage.  His bio reads that he ‘loves to make parametric design tools that integrate urban, architectural, and financial facets of a project’.  Marcel has released these images for attributed use under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Halifax is wonderful, Halifax is growing, and Haligonians want to have constructive discussions about read more


Update – letter from the Premier, and my response

The Premier wrote me back, you can read it here: 20200128 Premier NS to Mason, Waye So I wrote him back, letter here, text below: 20200126 premier garage second letter (final) January 28, 2020 The Honourable Stephen McNeil Premier, Province of Nova Scotia P.O. Box 726, Halifax, NS B3J 1X5 Dear Premier McNeil: RE: RESPONSE TO PLANNED HOSPITAL RENEWAL QE2 SITES HALIFAX Premier, thank you for your letter dated January 28, 2020. I am pleased to let you know that read more


Letter to Premier McNeil RE Planned Hospital Renewal and Commons parking garage

Read my letter to Premier McNeil regarding planned hospital renewal QE2 sites Halifax here: 20200127 common garage concerns (final)


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


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