District 7 Candidate Reponses
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HRM 2016 Municipal Election
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Candidates Questionnaire on the Urban Forest - Response Summary
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District 7
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QuestionWaye Mason
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1. Why are trees important to you?storm water management, run off, shade, quality of life!
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2. Can you relate a fond memory of trees or a tree in particular?the birches at my parents cottage where we grew up, I feel like the shade they cast was special. ;)
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3. Why are trees important in HRM and your district in particular?Quality of life - cuts the heat, absorbs water, and makes it look so good. City of Halifax was the city of trees.
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HRM's Urban Forest Master Plan
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4. Which UFMP neighbourhoods does your district occupy (if applicable)?
(The correct answer for District 7 includes, in no particular order: Northwest Arm, South End, Railway, Connaught/Quinpool, Downtown Halifax, Halifax Central, Harbour/Windsor)
Halifax Peninsula
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5. As we approach the end of the 5-year initial time-frame in 2017, do you believe these priorities have been adequately addressed? Where is there room for the most significant improvement?I think we are almost there, would like a little more resources thrown at it.
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Looking Forward
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QuestionWaye Mason
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6. What do you believe is the greatest threat to the HRM urban forest? In your district specifically?Street trees getting old and failing faster than we can replace them, I think.
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7. What role do you suggest citizens play in supporting a healthy urban forest?Have an arbourist take care of their own property and their own trees.
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8. How will you promote and contribute to a healthy urban forest as Councillor?
Continue to work with community groups to plant trees in parks, verges, and with staff to extend tree cover to the right of way, for example possible median on Spring Garden with trees similar to Summer.
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9. What changes would you like to see to your district’s urban forest in the next 10 years?More replacement faster. Narrow right of way and plant more trees where possible.
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QuestionWaye Mason
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