Contact me at:
Linda – Constituency Coordinator
Every week-day I post my agenda to social media. This week I will also be getting some work done at Tim Hortons, Apt 3, and the Sackville Library at the following times:
- With COVID-19 ramping up, in Nova Scotia, I’m cancelling these times for now
Please note that these dates may be impacted by the weather.
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information
There is a lot of information floating around the internet about the coronavirus. I’m not an authority on it, by any stretch, but I have been following it. With this post I am attempting to answer the most commonly asked questions that I’ve seen about the virus.
This post links to the sites that should be trusted for information about the virus, like the NS Government web site.
The post includes is how to limit the spread of the virus through
- self isolation for 14 days
- social distancing of at least 6 feet
- washing your hands and not touching your face
- no social gatherings of more than 5 people
If you see social gatherings of more than 5 people or if you see people in provincial or municipal parks then please call the police non-emergency number: 902-490-5020
HRM Budget 2020/21 – Preliminary Look
On Wednesday, February 12, the Committee Of The Whole (HRM Council, but in a different format) approved the 2020/21 Operating Budget. Late last year we also approved the Capital Budget. These two budgets, together, are expected to come back to Regional Council on March 24 for Council approval.
I would like to share with you, so far, what has been agreed to by the Committee Of The Whole, and what we expect to see on March 24. Any changes from this are difficult but will be possible.
We have had a good year with respect to an increase in assessments, and we saw a one time bump in the deed transfer tax. Much of this was due to so many new apartments coming online.
The debt did not increase at all, and neither did the residential tax rate. All of the new expenditures were funded from the increase in assessment, a one time bump in the deed transfer tax, and one project (the Keshen Goodman Library) was funded from reserves (one of our savings accounts).
HRM Winter Operations
Winter has started, and we should be 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 now 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.
I will bring to the table …
- Working for our community – continuing to make Sackville an amazing 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 will 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.