Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood

News & Events

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Written by: HRM COUNCILLOR WAYE MASON - Municipal representative for Saint Mary’s and surround


Public Hearings and Meetings

Public Hearing on Case 20854 Young Avenue LUB to protect the character and form of Young Avenue

June 27, 2017 6pm | Council Chambers, Halifax City Hall

A public hearing will be held regarding this case. Community Council meets on Tuesday evenings that alternate with Regional Council.


Meeting regarding Case 20719 5516 Bilby Street – Add property to Schedule Q and amend development agreement

June 26, 2017, 4pm | Halifax Hall, Halifax City Hall District 7&8 Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas

A meeting will be held to discuss this case. The District 7&8 Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the two districts.


Community Events

Bike in the Park Pilot Program

A new pilot program will now make it possible for cyclists to enjoy point pleasant park on weekends and holidays from Saturday June 17, 2017 to Sunday, October 29, 2017! During weekends and holidays ONLY, cyclists will be permitted to use the designated multi-use trails within the park. An extension of the pilot program will depend on the participation rate by cyclists and how well it is received by park users.


Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

June 29-July 6, 2017 | Scotiabank Centre

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is the worlds largest annual indoor show and features bagpipes, highland dancers, and military traditions as well as modern acts including acrobatics, contemporary dancing, and trampoline routines. There is truly something for everyone at this family-friendly event. For more information and tickets, please visit Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo


Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2017 | Various locations around HRM

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada and as part of a massive, countrywide Canada Day Celebration, HRM is hosting free events and interactive celebrations all day on July 1. Around Halifax and Dartmouth, there will be several pancake breakfasts and public concerts at Sullivan’s Pond and the Halifax Public Gardens. The Emera Oval will be hosting over 175 artists from around the world, and there will be free outdoor concerts all day on the Halifax Common, including the much-anticipated performance by local favourite Matt Mays and world-renowned EDM performer Deadmau5. And of course, the evening will finish off with a spectacular fireworks show. For a full schedule of all the events, please visit Canada Day 2017


Halifax Lebanese Festival

July 6-9, 2017 | Olympic Community Centre

The ever-popular Halifax Lebanese Festival is back for another year. Residents are invited to come out and enjoy traditional Lebanese music, dance, food, and artisans. Admission is free. For more information, please visit Lebanese Festival


Victoria Barks – Dogs in the Park

Saturday July 8, 2017 10am-2pm | Victoria Park, Halifax

The Spring Garden Area Business Association invites you to stop by their 3^rd annual Victoria Barks – Dogs in the Park event and receive a FREE doggy bag with sample treats and more! There will also be a Pet Tricks Contests and parade, adoptable rescue dogs, advice from onsite vets, trainers, and much more. For more details, please visit Dogs in the Park


Halifax TD Jazz Festival

July 12-16, 2017 | Various locations around HRM

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is back for another year, with artists from around the world bringing the sounds of jazz to the city streets. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever! With 14 stages across Halifax, there is sure to be something for everyone. Featured performers include Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Blue Rodeo, and Ron Sexsmith. For more information and full schedule of events, please visit Halifax Jazz Festival


Halifax Pride Festival

July 20-30, 2017 | Various locations around HRM

2017 marks the 30^th year of the Halifax Pride Festival. Everyone is invited to come out and experience the variety of colourful shows and events happening in Downtown Halifax! The Halifax Pride Festival is Canada’s fourth largest Pride Festival, and is a celebration highlighting the unique character of our diverse community. The Pride Parade will take place Saturday, July 22^th from 1pm-3pm. For a full list of events, please visit or call 902-431-1194.


Halifax Pride Flag Raising

Thursday July 20, 2017 5pm | Halifax Grand Parade

Join Mayor Savage and members of the Halifax Pride Festival for the kick-off to 2017 Pride Week in Halifax! There will be a reception in Halifax Hall immediately following the flag raising.


Milk – a free screening at City Hall

Wed, July 26th at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30)| Halifax Hall, Halifax City Hall

75 tickets available first come first serve.

Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, the film stars Sean Penn as Milk and Josh Brolin as Dan White, a city supervisor who assassinated Milk and Mayor George Moscone. The film was released to much acclaim and earned numerous accolades from film critics and guilds. Ultimately, it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning two for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Black.

Presented with the support of Councillors Smith, Cleary & Austin, Municipal Clerk Kevin Arjoon, and Council Support staffer Melody Campbell.

More info here: Milk Screening


Help and more info

Call my office
Call our office for assistance with your municipal issues. Contact my Constituency Coordinator Melody Campbell by phone 902-490-2012 or email or contact me directly. The best way to reach me is via email at my city email – or you can call my direct line at 902-490-8462.

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 7 days/week from 7 am to 11 pm to respond to routine inquiries and complaints from HRM residents. Please use this service since it helps HRM keep track of issues that are of concern for residents (missed solid waste pickup, sidewalks not cleared, transit info or complaints, etc.) For more information please visit

Regional Council Reports and Agendas
If you want to read reports coming to Regional Council (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda please go to:

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council meets on Tuesday evenings that alternate with Regional Council. Please check the webpage here for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times.

District 7&8 Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
The District 7&8 Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the two districts. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times:


Transforming Our Neighbourhood One Street at A Time

Saint Mary’s University Centre for Housing & Residence Life is sending out a campus sized thank you to those residence TRASHFORMERS who swapped their Saturday morning sleep for street cleaning duty. Armed with pretty plastic gloves and blue T’s, this elite team of students can be seen strutting their stuff every Saturday morning from September to October, cleaning up litter along Inglis Street, Gorsebrook Avenue, Rogers Avenue, Tower Road, and Robie Street plus others.

Their reasons for giving up Saturday mornings go far beyond their room doors and they believe it is just one of many steps in the right direction of  “ giving back to the community “. Filling a bag of trash is only one goal the students achieve during their Saturday morning rituals.

All collected litter is also sorted and recycled according to HRM guidelines, providing students with the opportunity to promote recycling while giving back to the community.  Students also have a chance to chat and meet with local neighbors thus making neighbours aware that university students do more than just party over the weekend. Their efforts have a number of positive side effects on the surrounding neighborhoods such as:

  • Showing the community firsthand how working together can really make the community the best it can be.  
  • Allowing local neighbors to be part of an active clean solution     
  • Building confidence and changing attitudes and opinions of students throughout the community 

The Neighbourhood Committee Assistant for Trashformers encourages ALL SMU Students to join the team. Claiming that this experience “provided her with a better understanding of recycling, it is just one of many ways to socialize and create a strong bond with other students, and how easy it really is to give something back”.  The future of Trashformers looks to be bright, with the hopes to expand and start new projects, to raise more environmental sustainability awareness throughout the community and university campus, and to increase student participation.

Start taking pride in our shared neighbourhood today and enjoy the rewards. If you have any questions and/or comments please email us at  

What can I do to welcome my new neighbours?

Say hello! - Introduce yourself and your family;
Take the time to learn something about your new neighbours;
Try to imagine what it would be like to leave your home and move to a new place;
Take an interest in learning about other cultures and traditions;
Share a dish, a recipe or something from your garden;
Invite your neighbours for a coffee or a meal;
Organize a sport event, BBQ, a street party or a film night and involve your new
neighbours in the event;
Share with them places to visit, things to see, fun things to do and plan an outing
If you have kids encourage them to play together or walk to school together;
Let them know if there is a neighbourhood association or group they can join;
Answer questions about garbage pick-up, recycling, composting, seasonal home
decorating etc.;
Make them feel like they’re part of the community!

As always I welcome your feedback, positive or negative, and would be glad to meet with neighbours individually to hear any concerns.

Sarah Morris
Assistant Director, Student Services
902-420-5615 (Secretary), 902-420-5601 (Direct line)