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

Remembrance Day, Centre Plan consultation, Rapid Housing initiative & more

Hello all, I wanted to let you know about Remembrance Day tomorrow in District 7. The event at the Cenotaph in Grand Parade has been reduced to 50 people. The public is asked to stay home. The event at Sailors Memorial, which I normally attend, is canceled. I do not have an update on the Province House, RA Park or Camp Hill memorials, but as I said in my last newsletter the Legion has recommended that memorials be canceled or limited read more

Election, Morris Street, Parking, new council, more

It is a great honour to have been re-elected as your Councillor for District 7.  I am really excited to get to work with Councillors both old and new! I know this is old news now, but think how far we have come in eight short years. Turnout in this election was up to 40%. Council now has gender parity, two African Nova Scotian members, and five members who defeated incumbents (me, Shawn, Lisa, Iona, and Cathy). This last point read more

Viola Desmond Signs, Sup Funding Report, Election Reminder, more

Hi folks, hope you are enjoying this blustery fall day! This will be my last newsletter for this term. Hard to believe how time has flown by! I have enjoyed representing you and District 7 these last eight years, and it has been an honour and a privilege to serve you. If you have not already, please take a moment and vote, information on how to register and vote follows this section.  The first in-person voting opportunity is tomorrow at Citadel High read more