Questions for Leaders regarding Affordable Housing in Halifax

VIA EMAIL Gary Burrill, Leader New Democratic Party NS 603-5151 George St Halifax, NS B3J 1M5 Iain Rankin, Leader Liberal Party NS 1400-5151 George St Halifax, NS B3J 1M5 Tim Houston, Leader Progressive Conservative Party NS 1003-1660 Hollis St Halifax, NS B3J 1V7 July 29, 2021 RE: Questions for Leaders regarding Affordable Housing in Halifax Gentlemen, I watched the debate last night with great interest and was pleased that housing was a major point of discussion. I am writing today read more

Housing and Shelter Update, North West Arm Infill, Hospital Noise Test, Cornonavirus Update #48 phase 4 info

In This Issue My Council Update has information a housing & shelter update, North West Arm infill threat, Robie Street (QE2) hospital site noise test, Centennial Pool update, and bi-weekly blue bag collection. Public Meetings and Hearing gives folks a heads up on some important upcoming public hearing dates, and dates for the rest of this summer’s Regional and Community Council meetings.  Roadworks includes a few projects.  Community Events includes an important fundraiser for Spencer House, Bastille Day, and sidewalk chalk placemaking kits.  Coronavirus Update #48 has details on read more

Letter to the Premier – Affordable Housing in Halifax and Nova Scotia

(two weeks ago, I wrote this post, and said I was writing a letter to the Premier. This is that letter) Honourable Iain Rankin Premier of Nova Scotia PO Box 726 Halifax NS  B3J 2T3 July 7, 2021 RE: Affordable Housing in Halifax and Nova Scotia Dear Premier, I am writing to thank you for your government’s announcement yesterday that you will both fund and act on the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Commission. As you are aware, Nova Scotia read more

Everyone should be angry and frustrated at the current housing crisis.

Future Site of Compass Coop Housing Project pictured above. Last week there was an outpouring of concern, frustration, and anger about the lack of affordable housing in Nova Scotia, especially around providing safe and appropriate housing for the most vulnerable in our community. I’m angry and frustrated too. I’ve been in this fight for nearly a decade, but now I need your help. This was inevitable and largely avoidable. There was work that needed to be done and all levels read more

Tragedies in Kamloops and London, Spring Garden, Centre Plan review, more

In This Issue My Council Update is talks briefly about the tragedies in London and Kamloops, Spring Garden Road, and very importantly the draft Centre Plan package B. Public Meetings and Hearing includes details about the Regional Plan review and upcoming council meetings.  Roadworks includes two new projects. Community Events reminds folks about the District Capital Grant Deadline and the Regional Plan review.  Coronavirus Update #46 has some government resource updates. This issue ends with info on how to reach out and get help on municipal issues. Councillor Update The last two read more

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