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Waye Mason MSC - Questionaire

Waye Mason MSC - Questionaire

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WAYEMASON,CANDIDATED7-ANSWERSTOMSCQUESTIONAIRESection1:VisionaryTransit
 
Doyousupportcar-focusedroad-wideningprojectssuchasthoseforBayersRd,HerringCoveRd,andBedfordWest?Whatwouldyoudotohaltprojectsthathavealreadybeenapprovedthatyoudisagreewith?
NoIdonot.Fortheshortandmediumtermourfocusneedstobeontransitandgettingbusesaroundtrafficbottlenecks.Ionlysupportroad–wideningtoaccommodatededicatedbuswaysorHOVbus/car/bikelanes.Asforhalting,dependsonthenatureofthecontract.Idon’twanttohalta$5milprojectifwehavetopay$5milanywayfornothing.Bayer’sRoadcanbestoppeddeadrightnow,ifwejustsaywearenotinterested.
 
Doyousupporttheproposalforthecrosstownconnectorbikelane?Ifnot,whatwouldyoudoinsteadtoimprovecyclingsafetyindowntownHRM?
IsupportCTConAgricolaevenifthatmeansa30kphspeedlimitwithSharrowsfromCunardtoAlmon,thenarrowchokepoint.Ifeelwecanexperimentwith3monthtrialrunswithtemporarymarkersetcandmakesurewehavemaximumbuyinfromresidentsandbusiness.
 
Latenighttransitaffectsstudentsstudyinglate,workinglate,andenjoyingrecreationalactivities.Studentshavecalledforthissinceatleast2008.Itisanissueofsafetyaswellasservice.Howwillyourespondtothecallsforlatenightbustransit?
ThereportViolenceandPublicSafetyinHRMcallsfor24hourbusservice.Thisisanissueforstudents,latenightworkers,forlowincomeearners,forfamilies.Itseemscleartomeweneedsomeformoflatenightbusservice,probablyrouteslikethe1,10,80and7everyhalfhour,oreven45minutes.
 
Forstudentswhocommutebackandforthtoschoolandwork,theyneedaccesstobussesthatgobeyondthepeninsula.Wheredoyouseeasthekeyareasforgrowthofthepublictransitsystembeyondtheurbancore?
IthinkweneedabuswayorcommuterrailthatgoesfromdowntownthroughMumfordtoBedfordandDukeStreet.The107connectorfromBurnsidetoDukeStreetmeansafast,reliabletrunkservicefromDuketoDowntowncouldbecomethefocusofmostlocaltransitinBurnside,SackvilleandBedford,allowingforfastinterliningandbetterservicefromthoseareastoDowntown,andbetweenthoseareas.Movingtoafastexpressbussystemconnectingseriousterminals(likethenewBridgeTerminal)iskeytoasuccessfulsystem.
 
 
Inpastnegotiations,HRMhasdemandedthatallstudentspaythefullsemesterfeetoextendtheU-passintothesummermonths.However,only10-15%ofstudentstakesummercourses.Wouldyoucommittoprovidinganopt-insummeru-passoptionforstudents?
 
Yes,forsure.
Section2:Culture
 
HRMcurrentlyonlyfundsevent-specificexpensesthroughitsgrantsprogram,leavingmanyimportantcommunityorganizationsinthemidstofaconstantchaseforfunding.Wouldyousupportopeningupthecriteriaandunderwhatconditions?Howwillyouensuregroupsremainaccountableandeffectiveifgivenoperationalfunding?
Organizationsthatarebuildingcommunitiesandneighbourhoodsshouldbeabletoaccessmulti-yearfunding,thoughofcourseHRMwouldstillneedyearlyupdatesandfinancialreports.Operationfundingisnotcarteblanche,the provincegivesittocommunityserviceprovidersandartsorganizations,andthoseorganizationshavetobeauditableandreportregularly.Thisisnotrocketscience,otherjurisdictionsdoitallthetime.
 
Therehasbeenmuchdiscussiontheseelectionsabouttheneedtoincreasemunicipalartsfundingtothenationalaverage.Doyoubelievethisisagoodideaandifsohowdoyouintendtofundthis?
Iwrotetheop/edthattheHeraldraninMayidentifyingthisasanelectionissueandwasleadauthoroftheCPAAlternativeBudgetartssection.Clearlyweneedtoincreasefundingtothenationalaverage.Anyonewhoarguesagainstthathasnoideawhattheyaretalkingabout.Weneedcompetitive,stable,multiyearfundingformakersandoperatorsofculturalevents.TheHRMCulturalPlanisuslessandacknowledgedasneedingtobetotallyreplaced.Weneedcouncilorswhounderstandthedifferencebetweentourism fundingcomingfromhotellevyfundingandartsfundingfromgeneraloperatingthatfundsartforthepeoplewholivehere.
Section3:PublicSpace
 
UniversityAveandArgyleStreetarehubsofpedestrianandcyclists.Yet,thepotentialforthesetoactascommunityhubsishinderedbytraffic.Doyousupportturningtheseareasintolimitedtraffic,pedestrian-focusedzones?Doyouseeitasthecity’sjobtopayfortheexpensesassociatedwitheachofthesetransformationsorwouldyoulooktootherpartnerstohelpfund?Whatelsewouldyoudotosupporttheconceptofwalkablecities?
Yes,qualifiedyesandyes.UniversityAveconversioniskeytotheinstitutionalbikewayplan.Modalshiftoutofcarstobikesandtransitwillonlyhappenwith
 
investmentininfrastructuretomaketransitagoodfastefficientchoiceandbikingfeelsafeandcomfortableforaverageusers.IthinktheUniversityconversionwillendupbeingacostsplitbetweenHRM,Dal,possiblyCDHA,andtheprovince.Ithinkeveryoneneedstotakeashare.ArgylecanhappeninpartthroughinvestmentbyHRM,bymakingtheNovaCentrepayforthatblock,andbymakingsurethestormwaterandsewerseparationhappensbeforetheredesign,sowhenweputinthetrenchdrainandlaythenewconcretewecanusesomeofthatWaterCommissionmoneyfortherenovation.Walkablecities?WeneedtomakesurethatALLdevelopments,inthedowntownoronthesuburbs,arewalkable,dense,transitserviceable,mixedusecommunities.
 
HRMhascontinuouslyfailedtoimplementitsowndevelopmentplansthataimtocurbsprawl.Howwouldyoucounteractthistrend?
Staffreportshavea“budgetimplications”sectionbutdon’thavea“strategicimplications”section.Everyreport,everyplanneedstobealignedtomoveHRMtowarditsstrategicgoalsintheRegionalPlan,thelocaldevelopment plans,andtheEconomicPlan.Councilneedstobeexplicitlyvotingfortheplan,orvotingagainsttheplan,everytime.Itwillmakeitmuchhardertojustslidethroughbadpolicyandplansthatgoagainstourstrategy.
 
DoyousupporttheWilliamsLakedevelopmentproposal?Ifnot,whatwouldyoudotohaltoradaptthisdevelopment?
No!NowateronPurcell’sCove,nosewer,nodevelopment,notforATLEAST25 years.Iwillvoteagainstanyofthosethings.
Section4:LiveableCommunities
 
Housingissuesappeartobeanongoingturfbattlebetweenthemunicipalityandtheprovince.Whatdoyouseeastheroleofthemunicipalityinimprovingaccesstoqualityaffordablehousingandimprovingtenantsrights?
Frommywebsite:TherearefourareasthatIthinkHRMshouldfocusontodirectlyaddressaffordablehousingissues:1.
 
Publichousing.
HRMneedstopushtheProvincetorenewandrethink publichousinginHRM.EventhoughMetroHousingAuthority(MHA)is provincial,HRMcouldinvestorpartnerinnewandrenewedhousing.Weshouldbeveryconcernedabouttheoperationsandlong-termplansofMHA.Itisfairtostartmakingdemands,sinceMHAisfundedinlarge partbyapropertytaxlevy. 2.
 
Newmodelsthatencouragecreativesolutions.
Affordablehousingcouldbenefitfromthelandbankmodel-allHRM&schoolboard

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