Me and writing…

I am going to start writing more regularly.  The main reason why I have “time” to write is because I am now a happy member of the club that takes transit in Halifax. Marnie got a job in Burnside where public transit is next to impossible, where I work 100 metres from the Woodside ferry terminal, so I gallantly said “well I will take the bus!”   Sure the new job involves a raise and stuff, but the whole point of read more


New Site

I installed a modern, widget aware theme on the site.  Some tweaks coming, but overall, pretty happy.  For the time being the neighbourhood map is borked but I will work on that this weekend.


HRM Map Mini Update

I would like to thank everyone, over 100 people so far, who have contributed. I want to especially thank Bedford DJ (no real name provided) and Alexander from Spryfield for huge detailed maps of their neighbourhoods! Bedford should be finished by Friday, then a major update will be announced on the websites. Ultimately, you, my friends, are the early adopting cool seekers who are setting the stage for later on. In late April, I will send info about this to read more


On traffic widening, again!

I often wonder at the seeming red/blue, up/down, black/white nature of Halifax politcs. If you stuck to the stereotypes, on the one hand you have the bike riding, tree hugging, anti-progress sushi eating hippies, mostly in urban areas, who hate cars, suburbs, and buildings less than 75 years old. On the other, you have the SUV and truck driving suburban burger eating wannabe rednecks who think city hall should be moved to Lower Sackville, that six lane highways to and read more


My take on Imagine Our Schools

I gave this presentation last night to HRSB Board Howard Windsor. My name is Waye Mason. I am the chair of a School Advisory Council on the peninsula and I am the publisher of the parents resource Citadelschools.ca, and my children are in elementary and junior high school. It will be difficult to summarize my concerns with the staff report in just five minutes, so let me get straight to the point. The process of consultation run by CS&P was read more


High Crimes, a remedial review.

In these troubled times, where bribery and corruption in Ottawa leads the front pages of newspapers from coast to coast, I felt it was time to do some remedial reading, as it were.  Let us review how one can be found guilty of hgih crimes. Wikipeda defines high crimes thusly:  “The charge of high crimes and misdemeanors covers allegations of misconduct that do not fall under a more clearly defined impeachable offence; e.g., high treason. This charge occurs only in read more


RREVIEW OF IMAGINE OUR SCHOOLS DRAFT PROPOSAL

From Citadelschools.ca: REVIEW OF IMAGINE OUR SCHOOLS DRAFT PROPOSAL The draft school use proposal that was presented by the consultants at the Imagine Our Schools meeting at Citadel High on January 19, 2007. It has taken some time to reflect, gather information and work through the ramifications of the proposal. I am sorry that this post is even longer than usual, but I urge you all to read the whole thing, there is lots going on to think about and read more


Dr. Disney, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the themepark.

Let’s just lay the cards on the table.  My family is not a normal family.  We are NOT strange like AdamS family strange, nor are we scary like Manson family strange.  But we are different. I work in the music business, Marnie works at the alternative weekly, Rhett has been going to punk rock gigs since he was nine, Emma alternates between Hannah Montana and Acrade Fire as her favorite bands.  Marnie and I just got married after 10 years read more


On the very verge of long term planning?

There is a great article in today’s Herald about the increase in average age of Nova Scotia’s infrastructure. The article, here (until the Herald hides it after a week,) says that Nova Scotia has the oldest infrastructure in Canada with an average age of “18 years in 2007 — 1.7 years more than the Canadian average.” It later goes into some detail: “The Statistics Canada study said the average age of Nova Scotia’s roads and highways dropped to 16.3 in read more


My requests of the consultants

I have sent a letter to the consultants, and all the elected folks, in a reformat of the last post. I added on these requests: I am requesting you consider incorporating the following concerns into this process: • The calculation of capacity on the peninsula needs to be revised. If you accept that just one classroom in each school, as an average, is being used for ancillary program delivery but is being counted as empty, that removes almost 500 so read more