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, so I have assembled this response to try and cover off on the varied concerns I have received about this read more

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 (this is for the urban and suburban area on the map above), only slightly higher than the $214,4000 average for read more

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 week even those weak standards have not been met. This has to change. While the snowstorm on Sunday night was read more

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 one place so they are available in this dropbox folder. Very excited to see this project moving ahead. I acknowledge read more

An update on smoking and cannabis

I’ve been sending variations on this post as an email to people who have contacted me with questions but I wanted to share it more broadly: I understand the concerns I hear from the public about the proposed rules around smoking in public places. Really, Halifax has done a horrible job communicating what the intent of the by-law changes and more importantly how we see them being enforced. The two biggest complaints I have heard are 1 – you are read more

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