Contact me at:
Phone: 902-240-0441
E-mail: paul.russell@halifax.ca

 

Constituency Coordinator:
Quentin Hill
Phone: 902-490-1463
E-mail: hillq@halifax.ca

 

Housing Security and Affordable Housing

Ever since I’ve been in office, I’ve been working on housing insecurity, and so has the municipality. To say that this is a complex issue is an understatement.

Legislatively, housing is a provincial responsibility. More important than that, however, housing is a human responsibility. HRM Council has a strong interest in helping with the housing crisis, even though it isn’t in our mandate. (One challenge is that any funding that goes to housing doesn’t go to our defined mandate, so we have to limit other HRM services or we have to raise taxes and fees.)

We (HRM) have been struggling between what we could or should do and what we can do. We’ve also seen what has been happening with the temporary shelters and the tents showing up in public spaces and the lack of affordable housing.

I’ve written a post where I talk about broad housing challenges:

Please have a look and let me know your thoughts on how we can improve the situation about homelessness and housing insecurity.

HRM Budget 2022/23

HRM Council is currently working through the budget for 2022/23. This budget will be developed through the end of March 2022, and is planned to be ratified by HRM Council in April 2021. I plan to document this process as we go through it, including some of the more challenging decisions that we make.

You can read the full post by clicking here.

The next few meetings are:

  • Nov 23 (Tue) – Fiscal Framework
  • Dec 7 (Tue) – 2022/23 Council Priorities
  • Dec 14 (Tue) – Capital Budget Recommendation
  • Dec 17 (Fri) – Capital Budget Recommendation (contingency)

First Lake Water Quality

First Lake is one of the gems of Lower Sackville. Due to construction, and the unchecked silt flowing in to it 40 years ago, it had suffered greatly. It had been an aerial landmark because it was an orange lake.

There has been an ongoing bacteria issue with the lake at Kinsmen Beach. This is what prompted the construction of the Kinsmen splash pad. The beach went from being a supervised and tested beach, to just being tested, and in 2020 no testing was done. We had been moving backwards, and I started addressing this as soon as I was elected.

I’ve been working with the Friends of First Lake to get First Lake tested in the areas that are pinpointed above. These locations are a) where the storm drains flow in by Glendale, b) by the Sackville Sports Stadium, c) by Kinsmen Beach, d) by the Sack-a-wa canoe club, and e) where the water exits the lake at Sucker Brook.

I was able to get HRM Council to approve spending up to $150K get these areas of the lake tested for the source of the e.coli. This is a huge step to help forward to help restore First Lake to a healthy state.

Read more about this by clicking here

HRM Winter Operations

Winter will be starting soon, and we should be prepared.

I’ve put together a post about the HRM Winter Operations which you can get to by clicking here. This contains information about all aspects of winter operations in HRM and how you can be best prepared.

HRM has defined service standards for street and sidewalk clearing, which you can find by clicking here. It is important to know if you are on a P1 or a P2 street, which you can find by clicking here.

From December 15 through March 31 we may be under a winter parking ban. This is broadcast through our regular media channels. This may also be repeated by TV and radio, but that is not guaranteed. The best way to stay advised about the winter parking ban, and certain other HRM alerts, is through hfxALERT, which you can find by clicking here.

You can see the latest information on HRM Winter Operations by clicking here.

Neighbourhood Speeding

We had one election in 2019 and another in 2020.

In both of these elections the number one issue that you talked about was speeding on neighbourhood streets. This problem has been described as a problem all around Lower Sackville, and also in many areas around HRM.

There are two general ways to slow traffic down. The first is to change the streets to make it more difficult to speed. The second is to encourage and remind drivers to respect the posted speed limit.

We use both methods to help reduce the speeding on our streets.

Please click here to read the full post.

Housing Security and Affordable Housing

Ever since I’ve been in office, I’ve been working on housing insecurity, and so has the municipality. To say that this is a complex issue is an understatement.

Legislatively, housing is a provincial responsibility. More important than that, however, housing is a human responsibility. HRM Council has a strong interest in helping with the housing crisis, even though it isn’t in our mandate. (One challenge is that any funding that goes to housing doesn’t go to our defined mandate, so we have to limit other HRM services or we have to raise taxes and fees.)

We (HRM) have been struggling between what we could or should do and what we can do. We’ve also seen what has been happening with the temporary shelters and the tents showing up in public spaces and the lack of affordable housing.

I’ve written a post where I talk about broad housing challenges:

Please have a look and let me know your thoughts on how we can improve the situation about homelessness and housing insecurity.

HRM Budget 2022/23

HRM Council is currently working through the budget for 2022/23. This budget will be developed through the end of March 2022, and is planned to be ratified by HRM Council in April 2021. I plan to document this process as we go through it, including some of the more challenging decisions that we make.

You can read the full post by clicking here.

The next few meetings are:

  • Nov 23 (Tue) – Fiscal Framework
  • Dec 7 (Tue) – 2022/23 Council Priorities
  • Dec 14 (Tue) – Capital Budget Recommendation
  • Dec 17 (Fri) – Capital Budget Recommendation (contingency)

First Lake Water Quality

First Lake is one of the gems of Lower Sackville. Due to construction, and the unchecked silt flowing in to it 40 years ago, it had suffered greatly. It had been an aerial landmark because it was an orange lake.

There has been an ongoing bacteria issue with the lake at Kinsmen Beach. This is what prompted the construction of the Kinsmen splash pad. The beach went from being a supervised and tested beach, to just being tested, and in 2020 no testing was done. We had been moving backwards, and I started addressing this as soon as I was elected.

I’ve been working with the Friends of First Lake to get First Lake tested in the areas that are pinpointed above. These locations are a) where the storm drains flow in by Glendale, b) by the Sackville Sports Stadium, c) by Kinsmen Beach, d) by the Sack-a-wa canoe club, and e) where the water exits the lake at Sucker Brook.

I was able to get HRM Council to approve spending up to $150K get these areas of the lake tested for the source of the e.coli. This is a huge step to help forward to help restore First Lake to a healthy state.

Read more about this by clicking here

HRM Winter Operations

Winter will be starting soon, and we should be prepared.

I’ve put together a post about the HRM Winter Operations which you can get to by clicking here. This contains information about all aspects of winter operations in HRM and how you can be best prepared.

HRM has defined service standards for street and sidewalk clearing, which you can find by clicking here. It is important to know if you are on a P1 or a P2 street, which you can find by clicking here.

From December 15 through March 31 we may be under a winter parking ban. This is broadcast through our regular media channels. This may also be repeated by TV and radio, but that is not guaranteed. The best way to stay advised about the winter parking ban, and certain other HRM alerts, is through hfxALERT, which you can find by clicking here.

You can see the latest information on HRM Winter Operations by clicking here.

Neighbourhood Speeding

We went through one election in 2019 and another in 2020. In both of these elections the number one issue that you talked about was speeding on neighbourhood streets. This problem has been described as a problem all around Lower Sackville, and also in many areas around HRM.

There are two general ways to slow traffic down. The first is to change the streets to make it more difficult to speed. The second is to encourage and remind drivers to respect the posted speed limit.

We use both methods to help reduce the speeding on our streets.

Please click here to read the full post.

Join my mailing list

With this mailing list, I send out updates about the work that I am doing  and about the HRM work that would affect you.

I have been …

  • Working for our community – making Sackville an even better place to live
  • Working in a professional manner – treating people with respect and making sure that everyone knows what to expect
  • Collaborating with others to ensure that the load is shared and that we get the job done.

I represent your interests by considering …

  • What is best for our community and our country
  • Fiscal accountability, balanced with progressive social policy and individual freedoms
  • Respect for all Canadians equally and supporting Canadians first
  • Personal and corporate responsibility and accountability
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Support for sustainable development
  • A balance between environmental and economic issues

I am always looking to be make myself more available. Each day I have been publishing my agenda, my time at a coffee shop, and a copy of my calendar (this calendar may show some available times that have actually been booked).

If you are looking at this on your phone then you may find it easier to use your phone in the landscape orientation instead of portrait.

Please get in touch with me or with my constituency coordinator (above) to book a meeting.