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,...

Municipal Design Guidelines (Red Book) update

The “Red Book” is the set of municipal design guidelines that HRM uses when building streets, sidewalks, and more. This book specifies the rules for how something should be built, and not why it should be built. It will talk about the dimensions of a sign,...

Splashifax – Water Park in HRM

On Tuesday, April 27, a new video appeared on Facebook that talked about a water park coming to First Lake. Splashifax (https://splashifax.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Splashifax) is working to set up a water park on the shores of First Lake, by the Sackville...

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...