WORDS – my five minutes on the Skye proposal

Mr Mayor I am pleased move this motion and support staff’s recommendation that council not move to first reading. As staff just outlined there are five amendments that would be required to allow this proposal to go forward. The discussion today is about trust. Does council trust that we got it right when we passed the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy, the Halifax MPS, the Downtown Halifax Secondary MPS, and the Downtown Halifax land use bylaw, none of which are more read more


Day 6-14, post election – a week to reflect, and work really hard!

Wow.  It is really hard to blog when you don’t have time to blog.  It’s been a long time and I will try and update everyone on the last ten days in a couple of short articles tonight and tomorrow. So where we left off was five days after the election.  On Friday I went to my old work and taught all day. The weekend was low key.  My wife and I watched the entire first season of Homeland, 12 read more


Day 4 & 5

Wednesday I taught at NSCC.  Not a lot of calls, or emails.  It is mid-term at the college and I have tests going out and stuff to mark, so it was pretty quiet. Thursday was a big day.  I finally got a haircut.  Then I met with the Mayor Elect for an hour.  I like Mike Savage, and I don’t envy him, all eyes are on the Mayor and expect him to deliver the goods, but unlike provincially or federally, read more


Day 3 – Campaign’s don’t end on election night

So the last post was wrong.  Really it should have said day 1 & 2.  Day 3 was Tuesday, Oct 23, and the day started with breakfast with my friend AJ, a pastor I met during campaigning who I really enjoy talking to.  I suppose talking to people is a big part his job, mine too now that I think about it. Next, I headed over to my agent’s office, to start getting the final financials done.  One of the read more


Waye Mason Announces Bid for HRM Council

Hello. My name is Waye Mason, and I hope that on October 20th, 2012 you will vote for me for Councillor, District 7, Peninsula South Downtown. I’ve been a resident of District 7 for almost twenty years, and I have been involved in issues in our region & our district throughout this time. To learn more about me, please visit my bio page. District 7 and HRM needs a councillor who will be able to achieve the change that our read more


OPENFILE: St Pat’s decision reveals ethics deficit at HRM

Tuesday, HRM Council voted in a 13 to 9 vote to once again confirm the sale of the St Patrick’s Alexandra school property to the Jono developments. Staff had prepared a report, as requested, outlining options regarding, both in this case and the last decade of surplus school disposals, HRM’s failure to follow the policy it had enacted in 2000. Tim Bousquet at the Coast called foul on the staff report, stating that the either or choice staff presented council read more


GUEST BLOG: Now they all want to live here, and she's supposed to go – by Lisa Roberts

“For years, no one wanted to live in this community. buy 25mg viagra Now they all want to live here.” That’s what one older black woman had to say at the end of a community meeting held in Cornwallis Street Baptist Church on Saturday. Cisco 642-432 E20-001 The unstated corollary: And so she’s supposed to go. buy levitra online


OPENFILE: The New Bridge Terminal – Hope for Transit That Works

Right now, the best example of HRM “getting it right” is probably the construction of the new Dartmouth Bridge terminal. The current “terminal” deserves quotes around its description. HRM is replete with clusters of bus shelters, some heated, most not, with the grandiose designation of “terminal.” Anyone coming from a larger city, or accustomed to taking the Dartmouth Ferry, finds the label “terminal” misleading at best.


OPENFILE: The windows are closed, again

Reality TV is still a big deal, right? Sure, sitcoms are ascendant (my favorite is Community, of course) butSurvivor is still on, The Amazing Race is a huge hit, and of course almost every show on the Food Network. As of last night, my favorite reality show is HRM Council. Watching them debate reconsideration of the sale of St. Pat’s-Alexandra School was an intense roller-coaster ride, like some CBC version of an old West Wing episode. The short version is: after making the citizens from the community supporting read more


OPENFILE: HRM misses the point with the St. Pat’s-Alexandra decision

If you’re not familiar with Gottingen Street, the uproar around the St. Pat’s-Alexandra School site redevelopment simply might not make sense to you. For the tens of thousands who drive past the neighborhood every day going to and from work, the community is a mystery. In just a few decades, the street has declined from being a shopping Mecca bigger than today’s Spring Garden Road to a dead zone many choose to avoid.