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Finding the balance – development, district 7, and HRM

Halifax’s economy is beginning to accelerate rapidly as the effects of the ships contract and the offshore gas exploration start to be felt. It is time to have an honest conversation about development. HRM manages development, where and how and what things are built, through plans and directives. The hope is that this will make sure we get development that helps make the city the kind of exciting and livable place we want it to – read more –

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Arena Strategy Expensive Mistake for HRM and District 7

On Tuesday, Regional Council will be asked to consider the Long Term Arena Strategy report which proposes to close all rinks in Bedford, Dartmouth and Halifax and replace them with two new four pad facilities. The report says it will save HRM $2 million a year to operate the two new complexes. I think the question should be – should HRM spend $90-100 million to build new facilities instead of repairing the existing ones for $18.8 million? – read more –

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Campaign finance reform is essential for HRM

It is important that how elections are funded, and what that funding can be spent on, be clearly defined and carefully monitored. That’s why the province has strong campaign finance laws, as does the federal government. Unfortunately, municipal election rules are weak – they increase the possibility for corruption and lead to unfair elections. As candidates, both of us believe it’s time to strengthen our campaign finance rules. Elections in the HRM are governed by the – read more –

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Public Safety and Crime in HRM

Halifax is building a troublesome reputation as a community that is struggling with crime and its aftermath. It comes to no surprise that we  find ourselves debating the steps that we should take to reduce crime while addressing the root causes. In the days that followed the release of ambiguous stats that provided an unclear picture of what we are facing in terms of crime, conversations in our community were strong and diverse. Headlines that – read more –

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HRM needs an affordable housing plan, not empty words.

Halifax is starting to experience the kind of economic growth that drives up housing costs, creating challenges for many who struggle to provide safe and secure homes for themselves and their families. Recently Councillor Uteck proposed rent control as a solution. I think HRM can do better. Rent control is just one tool out of many that could be used to create affordable housing and foster housing security.  Rent control is also a provincial issue, not municipal. – read more –

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Campaign 2012

Campaign Update – 93 days to the election

The election is 93 days away, and it’s not just the summer that is heating up!  What with canvassing, summer festivals and events, BBQs I feel like there is somewhere to be and someone to talk to every moment of every day. Here are a couple things I’d like to share with you. Meeting me, introduce me. I’m out knocking on doors almost every day, and we’ve started to organize small community meetings, hosted in – read more –

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Campaign 2012

Fundraiser a success! Over $3,500 raised in 7 days, thank you

Fundraising is one of the hardest activities of any election campaign. In the end it will make and break our campaigns ability to achieve our goals and reach as many voters as possible. I have to admit that to date, and especially in the last 7 days, I have been impressed by the amount of support Waye Mason is receiving from residents throughout the HRM in his bid to be elected as Councillor in District – read more –

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HRM arts funding in crisis

This opinion piece was run the Herald May 26, 2012. Read the full opinion piece in the Chronicle Herald. POST SCRIPT: After this piece was published I was asked to be lead author and opinon wrangler for the Arts Section of the Centre for Policy Alternatives Alternative Budget for HRM.  I have linked to the excerpted arts and culture section here.  This is a great place to start with a new, real cultural plan for HRM. HRM arts – read more –

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Halifax needs a better budgeting process

Last night I had to wonder: why does HRM spend more time looking for public input when my neighbours want to put a small extension on their house than when it passes a $788 million dollar operating budget? I just got a letter that gives me a couple weeks to comment in case I have an issue with my neighbours’ plans.  This is a lot more time than I had, as a citizen, to read – read more –

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Campaign 2012

Making Halifax awesome, one project at a time.

On behalf of my friends involved with Awesome Halifax, I’m posting this email here.  This is a great idea, great bunch of people, that really is making Halifax more awesome: Please forward this email to people who may have a great idea, who may want to invest or would like to attend. http://awesomehalifax.com/new-ideas-market http://awesomefoundation.org/chapters/halifaxideas What: A partnership of Awesome Halifax, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and The Hub, The Awesome Ideas Market is exactly that…a bustling market of – read more –

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Planning and District 7 – get involved!

There are two complimentary planning processes going on right now that will impact the way District 7 changes and grows over the next twenty-five years. One is the five-year review of the Regional Plan, RP+5, and the other is the Centre Plan which applies to peninsular Halifax and Dartmouth inside the circumferential. It is really important that residents take a moment to participate in these processes, either through sending an email, filling in a survey, – read more –

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What we really need is more ferry service, not less!

HRM Council made the wrong decision when it announced cuts to ferry service when it passed the Metro Transit budget.  We need HRM Council to invest in transit in the core, where it makes sense and has ridership, not cut services to fund expensive rural transit. The decision is being justified using ridership numbers and cost saving numbers that mislead people by not placing the ferry service in context. Cutting the ferry back so it – read more –

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Campaign 2012

Week 4, Another Update!

It’s been almost a month since the campaign started!  Despite being slowed down by the cold that is cutting a swath through Halifax, I’ve continued to get out to meetings, knock on doors, conduct media interviews, and spread the word about my campaign. Some highlights of the last two weeks include an article about the campaign that appeared in the SMU Journal and an appearance on Maritime Morning weekend edition to talk about the St Pats/Alexandra School. I also attended both the HRMpolitweetup at Boneheads (one – read more –

Campaign 2012

The First Two Weeks

Two weeks ago I announced my campaign for the office of councillor in the newly created District 7. What a crazy two weeks its been! I have every intention of blogging my campaign, and not just writing carefully parsed words that have passed through political filters I’m glad I’m running. I really enjoy talking to people, hearing their ideas, and talking about the city. People really care about Halifax and they want to see the place – read more –

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Waye Mason Announces Bid for HRM Council

Hello. My name is Waye Mason, and I hope that on October 20th, 2012 you will vote for me for Councillor, District 7, Peninsula South Downtown. I’ve been a resident of District 7 for almost twenty years, and I have been involved in issues in our region & our district throughout this time. To learn more about me, please visit my bio page. District 7 and HRM needs a councillor who will be able to – read more –