HRM Budget 2021/22

HRM Council is currently working through the budget for 2021/22. This budget will be developed through the end of April 2021, and will be ratified by HRM Council in May 2021. The schedule of budget meetings is below. I plan to document this process as we go through...

Happy New Year! All the best for 2021

Hi I send out my newsletters every few weeks (typically a few days before the Council meeting, so that you will see what we will be talking about, and so that you can share your opinion about it with me). I also want to publish a Happy New Year blog post and, rather...

HRM Winter Operations

Winter has arrived. As I’m writing this post I’m looking out over a day where it’s below freezing. I’m thinking back to the two storms that we’ve already had this year and the many that we had last year. I’ve also been thinking...

Transit – Why buy more diesel buses?

The Chronicle Herald recently had an article “Nowhere near electric: Diesel buses lined up for future Halifax Transit fleet” and CBC recently had an article “Ecology Action Centre ‘disheartened’ by HRM decision to buy 150 diesel...

Neighbourhood Speeding

Neighbourhood Speeding, and what to do 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...

Election 2020 – Thank You!

The results from the 2020 election are in, and they show that you would like me to continue to represent us at City Hall. Thank you, so very much, for that honour. I would like to thank everyone for their support, their encouragement, for sharing their concerns, and...

Hurricane Teddy Updates from HRM

As of 10:40 a.m. | Sept. 23, 2020NOTE: This will be the final update from the EOC barring any significant changes in status.WeatherHeavy rain and high winds are expected to continue today and dissipate by later this afternoon.Localized flooding has occurred in low...

First Lake Water Quality

The Planning & Development department, in HRM, is responsible for Lake Water Quality. On April 7, 2021, we went through the Planning & Development budget and business plan. You can see the meeting information here:...

Sackville Splash Pad, July 2020

The splash pad at Kinsmen Park on First Lake Drive is one of the biggest attractions around. This is understandable because it’s fun, cools you off, is easy to get to, and is in the pictureson the shore of the lake. This helps explain why it is the busiest...

HRM 2020/21 Budget 2.0

Budget 1.0, and the introduction of the virus We had just about completed the 2020/21 budget. Budget 1.0 had expenses of about $1 Billion, or about $100 Million each month, and we had revenue to match this. We had a solid budget where there was a 1.4% increase in the...