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, and Citadel High. You should read more

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 to continue with the status read more

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:https://www.wayemason.ca/affordable_housing J.D. Hutton ‏@JD_Hutton #D7Debate was great! read more

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  introduce pedestrian-scale design principals in read more

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 of service delivery to the read more