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

Thank you, residential rental rule changes proposed, short term rental regulations proposed, Centre Plan, voting info, more

I’d like to thank everyone for taking precautions this week when it looked like Teddy was going to wallop Nova Scotia. I’m the son of a sailor and grew up next to the ocean, so I know the forecasts are just that, and the ocean and these storms can be highly unpredictable.  We were lucky this time, like we were with Hortense, but we’ve also been unlucky, like with Juan and Dorian. It is always better in my opinion to err 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

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 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 and I am always happy to talk about my experience running for election read more