Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood

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

 

Public Meetings and Notices

Integrated Mobility Plan Open House

Thursday, April 20 2017 12-2pm | Halifax Central Library

HRM staff will be presenting a series of Integrated Mobility Plan open houses and workshops for residents from April 19-27 around HRM. These sessions are intended for residents interested in finding out more about how the municipality plans to make it easier to walk, bike, or take transit around the Halifax region. This will be the final round of public meetings before the draft plan is presented at Regional Council. Open houses will also be taking place in Cole Harbour, North End Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, and Sackville

For a full list of dates and times, please visit The Integrated Mobility Plan Page

 

Community Events

Halifax Cycling Coalition 30 Days of Biking Campaign

30 Days of Biking is a nationwide challenge inviting people to bike every day throughout the month of April, and the Halifax Cycling Coalition is hosting weekly group rides as part of the local campaign. Residents are invited to the following rides, which are free and suitable for all ages and experience levels:

Old Fashioned Chocolate Egg Hunt | Saturday, April 15 2017 11am | Cyclesmith, Agricola Street

Earth Day in Dartmouth | Saturday, April 22 2017 10am | Alderney Ferry Terminal

30 Days of Biking Wrap-Up | Sunday, April 30 2017 3pm | The Local Source, Agricola Street

The Halifax Cycling Coalition is also giving away a Giant VIA bicycle - Anyone who registers, donates, or refers a friend before April 30th will be eligible to enter the draw. More information on the giveaway and group rides can be found at Halifax Cycling Coalition

 

Nova Scotia Minor Ball Hockey Association announces new league for ages 3-16

The Nova Scotia Minor Ball Hockey Association is pleased to announce a brand new outdoor league for kids aged 3-16. Early-bird registration is now underway and the fee is $65 for the spring session. Games will be played Sunday and Monday evenings at Halifax Gorsebrook Park rink. Numbers permitting, there will be separate male and female teams, and ages 8 and under will be co-ed and played on a half-rink. There will also be a tyke program, offering skills and shinny for $25. For more information, please visit NS Minor Ball Hockey Association

HRM Public Consultation and Survey: Peace, Order, Good Government and Natural Person Powers

The purpose of this consultation is to seek resident input on the municipality having natural person powers (NPP), possible ways NPPs could be used, and the restrictions that might be beneficial to include. HRM staff are hoping to gather information from this consultation that will inform restrictions and draft legislation that will be shared with the Province for consideration. A public survey will be available on the Shape Your City website until the end of April and is available by visiting Shape Your City

Open Heart Forgery Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6pm | Halifax City Hall

Halifax Hall Open Heart Forgery will launch the April 2017 issue on Tuesday, April 18th from 6-8pm at Halifax City Hall. Open Heart Forgery is a free monthly journal of poems and lyrics that aim to energize Halifax writers from the grass roots up. The journal is created in Halifax and read around the world. For more information, please visit Open Heart Forgery

 

Earth Day – Celebrating Earth Optimism with the Ecology Action Centre

April 21-22, 2017 | various locations

Earth Optimism is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in dialogue about conservation and sustainability. This Earth Day - Saturday, April 22 – join the Ecology Action Centre for a day of workshops, learning, and community to celebrate Earth Optimism in Nova Scotia. Interactive workshops include Basic Bike Maintenance, Cooking with Foraged Food, DIY Earth-friendly salt scrub, and many more. For a full list of events taking place, visit Earth Day 2017 with the EAC  

 

Smartphone Film Festival Awards + Screening Event

Friday April 21, 2017 7pm | Halifax Central Library

Join The Coast and Eastlink Wireless for the 1st Annual Smartphone Film Festival – an independent festival showcasing short movies made on smartphones by professional, amateur and first-time filmmakers in Halifax. Selected films will be shown at this one-night screening party. For more information, please visit Smart Phone Film Festival

 

ACORN Information Session on Landlord Licensing with HRM Councillors

Saturday April 22 | 2pm | Multipurpose Room, Dartmouth North Community Centre

Questions to be discussed include: do you believe that HRM has a problem with select landlords taking advantage of people’s living situation? Whether making landlords acquire a license in order to own and operate a rental property is a viable solution to the problems we are facing with slum lords? Whether the current landlord bylaws are enough to fight the problem, just more enforcement is needed. What do you think we should be working towards to fix the rental situations if not landlord licensing.

 

Dialect: 2017 NSCAD Fashion Show

Saturday, April 22 2017 7pm | NSCAD University

Dialect is back for another year, showcasing the fabulous collections of student designers at NSCAD. There will be an exhibition space, runway, cash bar and VIP area. For more information, please visit 2017 NSCAD Fashion Show

 

Sun Life Financial Chair 10-Year Celebration

Friday, April 28 2017 2pm | Dalhousie University Club

Join TeenMentalHealth.org in celebration of the work and research conducted over the past 10 years under Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health. The group will also be launching their Pathway Through Care Video and looking ahead to future projects. For more information, please visit TeenMentalHealth.org

 

International Dance Day Celebration

Saturday, April 29 2017 9:30am | Halifax Central Library

Come out and celebrate International Dance Day with free dances classes, performances and more. Presented by Halifax Dance! International Dance Day was initiated in 1982 and takes place April 29th of each year. For a full list of classes and performances, visit International Dance Day Celebration

 

NOVA VOCE’s Celebrating Canada 150

Saturday, April 29, doors at 7, show starts 7:30 | St Andrew’s United Church.

NOVA VOCE men’s provincial choir is Celebrating Canada 150 concert coming up on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s, corner of Robie and Coburg. An eclectic selection of Canadian composers and arrangers have provided wonderful possibilities for this concert. Tickets available from Nova Voce Members Bookmark on Spring Garden Road and online at NS Provincial Men's Choir

 

Spring Garden Planning and Development Information Session

Tuesday, May 2 6pm | Halifax Central Library

The Spring Garden Area Business association is hosting an information session regarding planning and development in the Spring Garden area. Jacob Ritchie and Brad Whalen of HRM will discuss a few different topics including streetscaping, construction mitigation and more.

 

Tea in the Transept

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 2-4pm

The Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane, is hosting a “Tea in the Transept” to celebrate Canada 150 on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In the spirit of Canada 150 themes, proceeds will benefit The Healing & Reconciliation Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada. A limited number of Tickets will be pre-sold and are $12.00 each They are available at the box office at the church entrance every Thursday in April from noon until 2:00 p.m. or call 902-429-0845 for ticket information

 

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 melody.campbell@halifax.ca or contact me directly. The best way to reach me is via email at my city email – waye.mason@halifax.ca 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 http://www.halifax.ca/311/

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: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php

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. http://www.halifax.ca/commcoun/west/index.php

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: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/D78PAC/index.php


Trashformers!

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 goodneighbours@smu.ca  


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
together;
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)
sarah.morris@smu.ca