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


Policing & Public Safety Review, meetings and hearings, Coronavirus Update #34 + more

Hello all, Breaking news – right after I hit send on the email newsletter we got the “Friday surprise” from the provincial government – Facemasks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces in NS starting July 31st. I strongly support this. For more info visit https://novascotia.com/coronavirus As we settle into summer and our COVID numbers remain good I am going to start sending this newsletter on the normal, every 2-3 weeks schedule, starting today. If required I can ramp the read more


Wildlife transit, meetings, Pride, Coronavirus update #33: Rec, Bedford Row, LTC, Transit

Very short update today.  We are really seeing things slow down around Halifax, and in my case fewer meetings scheduled and calls from residents. The city seems to be settling into living with the realities of Coronavirus.  Not a lot to report today. Changes to Bedford Row, Long Term Care and wearing masks now mandatory on public transportation are outlined below.  Dr. Strang nailed it today when he said “Wearing a non-medical mask is important to help prevent the spread of read more


Election Information, Roadwork, Coronavirus Update #32 Public Health Updates, Free Masks on Transit, more

Hello all, short update today, Municipal and CSAP Elections I know that it is hard to imagine but in just 100 days both the municipal and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial elections are taking place October 17, 2020, with electronic voting starting slightly over two weeks before that. Halifax runs the elections for the municipality and CSAP. If you interested in running in this election you can find more information here https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/elections/information-candidates and I am always happy to talk about my experience running for election read more


Virtual Public Hearings, Coronavirus Update #31 and eviction resources

Hi all, Quick update today, I had thought I would start doing these every two weeks but last Friday’s was too long, and some important updates around eviction and slow streets and a ton of public hearings coming up. Also some more Coronavirus updates below. First, though I had a number of emails saying “why isn’t X street on the list for traffic calming”. I’d ask you to go to the page below and consider applying.  Councillors can ask, but I read more


Traffic Calming and Slow Streets, Virtual Canada Day, Park Updates, Coronavirus Update #30 and more

Hello all, I got back late Sunday from Montreal, moved my daughter home for the year. She didn’t want to spend a year in an apartment going to school virtually. We are now in isolation for another nine days, so while many of you are enjoying the relaxation of many rules, you won’t see me at meetings or grabbing a coffee until July 5th or so! I crossed two provincial borders and stopped for gas in a number of towns read more


Welcome Liam, Policing, Centre Plan Package B, Coronavirus Update #29

Hi all, I wanted to share some changes in our (virtual) City Hall office. As you know since Melody got promoted I’ve had Lucille Walsh filling in with Laura Nooyen covering at patches as my Constituency Coordinator. Lucille said goodbye to us the week before last, and went back to retirement, she says for real this time but that is not a bet I would place money on!  I wish her all the best and will miss her, and I am sure read more


Black Lives Matter, Scooters, Roadwork, Coronavirus Update #28: Rec, Sports, Parks

Black Lives Matter and Policing in Halifax I’ve gotten almost seven hundred emails in the last three days and I have been trying to respond to everyone with the following info. These are certainly difficult times. I find what is happening in the US unacceptable and horrifying, while also recognizing we have our own weight of institutional and systemic racism that we continue to suffer under here in Nova Scotia and Canada. Black lives matter.  Without justice, there will be read more