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

Taxes, Budget, Rapid Transit, ferries, Electric buses, Coronavirus Update 27 and more oh my.

Hello all!  We finally finished the recast COVID budget today!  Long time subscribers know I have said year after year “budget is finally over and now I can catch up, get back you, sorry for the delay.”  Well in 2020 we had to do the budget twice! I will be caught up on the small backlog of issues Monday or Tuesday, thank you for your patience. Taxes Due June 1 First thing I have to say, and I know this read more

Budget, Cogswell, Roadwork, (EDIT) Parking Resumes June 1, Coronavirus Update #26

Hello residents! I am working hard this morning to get this update out so I can spend this afternoon on my back deck in the 25C heat and sun while participating via video in our budget discussion today. I hope you are able take time to enjoy today! Regional Council and staff continue to work to close the budget gap that COVID-19 has created. The crux of the debate is whether to use reserves or debt to preserve staff positions and thus read more

Social Policy Framework, municipal elections, dogs & covid, more

Hi all, I had not sent an update this week because there just are not that many things going on.  Right now there is less to report that is urgent, and also Council is getting back into meeting more regularly and that has been eating up my time. I’ve decided to go back for now to weekly newsletters, and once again make them more general in nature. Look for them Thursday or Friday. I will include a weekly Coronavirus in read more

Coronavirus update 24, May 8 2020 | provincial opening plan, making walking and biking safer during covid, hfxalert, more

Today the province reported two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 46. The deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality. The tragedy at Northwood is real and horrible and I feel so badly for all the families, residents, and staff who are impacted. Only one new case was identified on Thursday, May 7. So we are getting closer and closer to phase 1 of reopening the Province. While I speculated that schools read more