Third Wave Arrives, Coronavirus Update #44, more

This update was posted on the afternoon of April 27, 2020. The situation is evolving rapidly. Please check the Canada, Nova Scotia, and Halifax websites for the most up-to-date information. You can also check out my COVID-19 resources, with information on current Government Response, Individuals & Families, Business as well as Links to Resources including key social media to follow. In This Issue My Council Update is focused on the third wave, the crane collapse report, speed bumps in school zones, and recommends reading Councillor Austin’s post about recent council and budget debate. Public Meetings read more

Green bin discussion, point pleasant park signs, spring rec programs, Coronavirus Update 43, more.

In This Issue My Council Update asks your thoughts about Green Bin and Blue Bag schedules, off-leash dogs and new signs in Point Pleasant Park, and pedestrian safety.  Updates on arena capacity and summer rec registration follow. Public Meetings and Hearing includes a housing keeping public hearing scheduled for next week.  Roadworks include two updates. Still light on Community Events and Coronavirus Update #43 outlines the slow reopening and current government programs. This issue closes with an update and info on how to reach out and get help on municipal issues. Councillor Update In 2020, as part of read more

Community events, 21/22 paving, Coronavirus Update #42 restrictions lifted, vaccine roll out, programs and more

Good day all! Today is a great day, actually. It appears that we have successfully navigated the potential community spread, gotten thing back under control, and the province is lifting many HRM specific restrictions tomorrow.  In addition, Premier Rankin and Dr Strang announce that all Nova Scotians should be able to receive their first shot of the vaccination by the end of June. Given reports that a single shot appears to be highly effective in terms of stopping serious illness and asymptomatic read more

Crisis shelters, Cogswell, COVID Recovery tracker & Coronavirus Update #41

Hello all, a couple of quick notes today, With heavy snow and rain expected tomorrow (Feb. 2), Halifax Water has asked residents to help the stormwater in your area make its way into one of the 24,000 catchbasins throughout HRM by safely clearing snow, ice, and debris from a catchbasin near you. Find your nearest catchbasins here:  Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the ‘crisis shelters’ that have started to appear in parks around the municipality, including this story on read more

Budget, Community News, Meetings, Coronavirus Update #40

Hello and welcome to 2021.  Like you I have hopes for a better year than 2020, and despite the mess and horror south of our national border I still do. New Zealand, who has been one of the world leaders in strong controls and quick response to Coronavirus has no cases and has seen a remarkable and quick economic recovery.  New Zealand jobs market bounces back close to pre-pandemic levels – Country’s biggest job advertising website reports 19% growth in jobs, read more

Public meetings, community events, holiday hours and Coronavirus Update #39

Long newsletter as this is the last one before the new year.  A lot of info about public meetings, COVID updates, community events, and the like follows. It’s been very busy here at the home office, and I’ve had trouble making the time to get this newsletter out, so I would like to thank Councillor Smith for putting his out Friday so I could borrow much of it today! 2020 has been a heck of a year, but I have read more

Coronavirus Update 38 – the second wave hits our shores

This update was posted in the afternoon of November 24, 2020. The situation is rapidly changing. Please check the Canada, Nova Scotia and Halifax websites for the most up to date information. You can also check out my recently updated COVID-19 resources, with information on current Government Response, Individuals & Families, Business as well as Links to Resources including key social media to follow. Coronavirus Update 38 – the second wave hits our shores. Hi all, As you are probably aware that today the government of Nova Scotia announced new measures to help read more

Muffler noise, hurricanes, upcoming meetings & Coronavirus Update 37 the back to school edition

Hello all, Summer is behind us, back to school is behind us, and fall is here! A couple of issues I wanted to share with you briefly. First is I had a number of questions about why I was against commercial on every street corner in the ER1 zone I discussed in the last newsletter.  The article was already running pretty long so I didn’t explain what I meant. Local service commercial and strong retail strips or commercial main streets are hubs for read more

Centre Plan R1 compared to ER1, secondary suites public hearing, Coronavirus Update #35, more

Some folks have been getting emails or seeing social media posts that seem to show big changes proposed in the R1 zones in the Centre Plan.  I’m going to try and show what is changing and what is not, but really what I think is surprising to the people who have called me is how permissive the rules are on the peninsula already. Right now the R1 zone in the Peninsula Land Use Bylaw, South End Detail Area Plan (adopted around 1982) allows read more

Bells of City Hall, Paid Parking, Heritage, Coronavirus Update #35 + more

Hello all, back after a short but busy vacation. A lot to update you on. Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the municipality will begin a construction project at Halifax City Hall to reinstate two bells dating back to the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the bell tower. It is believed that either of these two bells were the original bells of the City Hall bell tower, prior to the Halifax Explosion. As a result of the Explosion, the bell tower read more