Campaign 2012

Thank you!

Just a short and belated note to say many thanks to the voters in Peninsula South Downtown for your support and trust.   It is a great honour to have been chosen to represent the district.  I will fight to renew council, restore trust in government, address transit, tax and business issues, reform community council.  We will fix council, grow sustainably, and spend smarter! I also want to thank my wife and family, my amazing, – read more –

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Students & District 7

HRM is home to tens of thousands of university & college students.  Starting this municipal election, students who’ve lived in Nova Scotia for three months or more can vote, even if you went away to work during the summer. The universities and colleges in Halifax are huge economic and social forces, making the city better in ways beyond counting.  Your voice counts and needs to be heard. STUDENTS ARE HALIFAX’S FUTURE Students need to feel – read more –

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Spend Smarter

Over the last decade the spending decisions of HRM Council have cause many to raise an eyebrow. A lack of vision and a decade of poor leadership has resulted in the many high profile mis-managed projects we’ve seen. Halifax needs to spend smarter on appropriate, affordable projects while maintaining our existing assets and services at a high standard. Spending smarter means identifying community objectives and developing affordable projects that meet the community’s needs. Halifax should – read more –

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Grow Sustainably

Since amalgamation a lot of our energy and city budget has been used to plan and subsidize unsustainable suburban sprawl. The costs of sprawl are driving up taxes and consuming resources further reducing our ability to provide basic services like transit. Halifax’s downtown is one of the largest contributors to HRM revenues, representing 18% of the property taxes raised by the municipality, yet the majority of spending by the municipality is concentrated outside of peninsular – read more –

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Fix Council

One of the biggest criticisms I hear about the Halifax Regional Municipality is that we must have better government. Every person I meet brings up this issue and it means a lot to people that their government is transparent, actively encourages their participation and follows its own rules. It’s time to elect people who will have better ideas for Halifax. Some of the steps that should be taken to fix government include: Establish a Municipal – read more –

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Election Day

I’ve never been more excited about the campaign, and I feel very excited about our prospects on Saturday. While nine months of work by hundreds of people is coming to a conclusion we need to keep our nose to the grindstone for one more day! Election Day: In person voting takes place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 (paper ballots only) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There are three polling places, at Gorsebrook JHS, Le Marchant St Thomas, – read more –

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What you should expect from your councillor

While out campaigning, I’ve let  you know what I stand for and how I approach problem solving. I think you should have clear expectations of me if I am elected to represent you to regional council. As councillor, I will focus on three areas to improve the representation you receive:  communicating with residents, representing the district to HRM, and representing our community to city staff. This election comes at a critical time in Halifax’s development. We can’t afford – read more –

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Waye Mason – district wide support

Dear friends, The feedback is in and it is clear Waye Mason is the candidate to beat in District 7! He is the only candidate with the district wide support required to beat an entrenched incumbent. Here are just a few of the tweets that followed last night’s forum: Meredith Bessey ‏@MeredithBessey @WayeMason has my vote! #hfxpoli #votehrm #d7debate Sarah B. MacDonald ‏@smackdonna After the District 7 debate, I spoke briefly with @WayeMason about affordable housing. He has an excellent platform:http://www.wayemason.ca/affordable_housing – read more –

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A sensible approach to neighbourhood planning

One of the biggest concerns residents have is how new homes and renovations are often out of character with the current look and feel of the neighbourhood.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Our bylaws have been improved and can be made better still, to protect our residential neighbourhoods. We have a great example of planning through a participatory design process, known as HRM by Design.  Right now, that process is being used to – read more –

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Taxes and fairness in HRM

Taxes are a huge issue in Halifax this election.  Assessments are rising at a rate that far surpasses increase in income, driving sometimes huge tax increases for residents and businesses. Taxes must fairly reflect the cost of services delivered in each tax area, our business tax rates must be competitive, and tax rates must drop as property assessments increase reflecting the rise in income. First of all, we need to more directly connect the cost – read more –

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30 Days to go – with your help I will bring change to District 7!

Just 30 days to the election!  We have signs up, I’m out canvassing every night, and volunteers are going door to door every day.  The response is overwhelming and positive; thank you all for your support.  With your continued help and hard work we will see change and better ideas in District 7. By the end of this week I will have walked every street, canvassed every house, small apartment, over and under, knocked on – read more –

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It is time for a transportation vision for Halifax

Halifax is growing quickly and residents are looking for a transit system that works for them. Last month HRM released the results of a poll that showed 61% of respondents want improved transit and 41% are interested in exploring commuter rail as a priority. Transit needs to be considered in an urban transportation context. In the city, we have commuters taking cars, walking, biking, and taking transit to get to work. At rush hour, a – read more –

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Matt Worona joins Mason for Council

While saddened that Matt Worona has announced his withdrawal from the race for mayor, Waye Mason – council candidate for District 7 Peninsula South Downtown – is delighted to welcome him to the Mason for Council team. “Matt and I care about many of the same issues and we’ve enjoyed working together on the campaign finance reform issue. He is a great addition to our team and I am excited to work with him.” As – read more –

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Towards open government: open information, data, and dialogue

HRM residents deserve a government that is transparent, open, accountable and respectful of citizens’ right to kn ow. The last few years have been painful for residents . Council has bounced from crisis to crisis, often behind a cloak of secrecy and in camera meetings. But what do we mean when we say “open government”? Open Government typically encompasses three concepts: Open Information, Open Data, and Open Dialogue.Open Information means having all the information needed – read more –

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Summer ends, campaign heats up. Just 47 days to go.

This glorious summer is starting to draw to an end — and the municipal election’s just 47 days away and online and phone voting starts in just 33 days. The next few weeks will be full of stories, meetings, debates, forums, and more. Coming up in just the next two weeks: Campaign Signs: It’s almost sign time! Signs are a very important part of making our campaign visible in the community. Don’t worry — our – read more –