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

Public Open House – Case #20719 re: 5516, 5530 and 5532

Bilby Street Wednesday, June 7 2017 6:30-8:30pm | Halifax Forum

There will be a public information meeting regarding an application by W.M. Fares Architects to build an 8-story residential building on Bilby street in Halifax. The open house is an opportunity for residents to find out more about the project. More information is available at Case 20719


Halifax Regional Council

Tuesday, June 13 2017 1pm | Halifax City Hall, Council chambers

The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday June 13 at 1pm at Halifax City Hall. Council agenda and reports are available by noon on the Friday prior to the Council meeting and can be found by visiting 2017 Meetings


Public Meeting – Campaign Finance Accountability

Wednesday, June 14 2017 6:30pm | City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street Halifax

HRM is hosting a series of public meetings aimed at getting feedback from residents to help establish a new protocol for municipal election campaign finance accountability. Residents are also invited to provide feedback on campaign finance accountability by taking a short online survey available here Campaign Finance Accountability. The link also provides more information, additional meeting dates and times, and background on campaign finance reform in HRM.


Community Events

Halifax Bike Week

June 2-11, 2017 | Various locations around HRM

Halifax Bike Week aims to celebrate the cycling community, educate residents about cycling safety, and increase participation in cycling throughout our region. There are many great events planned for Bike Week, and a full schedule is available at Bike Week


Bike-in Movie

Saturday, June 10 2017 6pm-10pm | Halifax Commons

The Halifax Cycling Coalition and Halifax Independent School invite you to a bike-in screening of the movie Wadjda. The award-winning film is a story of a young girl living in the suburbs of Saudi Arabia determined to raise enough money to buy a bike. The event will also feature vendors, tune-up tens, food trucks, art bikers, bike demos, and more.


Halifax Public Gardens 150th Birthday Party

Saturday, June 10 2017 11am-5pm | Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax’s beloved Public Garden is celebrating it’s 150th birthday with a fun-filled afternoon bash. There will be cake, musical performances, games, face painting, tea leaf reading, garden tours, and much more. Everyone is invited to this free public event! More information is available at 150th Birthday Bash


District 7 Participatory Budgeting community vote night

Wednesday, June 14 2017 5pm-8pm | Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s Room

All residents of district 7 are invited to come and vote on community projects seeking capital funds. The vote will take place from 5pm-8pm at the Halifax Central Library, and winners will be announced that night. Residents of all ages can vote, so bring your kids! Last year, over 300 residents cast their ballots, so come out and support the great work being done by non-profits in our community. For more information, please visit Halifax South


Summer Launch Food Truck Party

Thursday, June 15 2017 4-8pm | Museum of Natural History

The Coast and the Nova Scotia Food Truck Association invite everyone to attend their summer launch food truck party! There will be dozens of food trucks and pop-ups, a beer balcony and free admission to the Museum of Natural History. Admission is $2 and kids get in free - this event is also pet friendly.


OUTeast Film Festival

June 15-18, 2017 | Various locations around HRM

The OUTeast Film Festival is the only exclusive presented of LGBTQ+ film and video work in Atlantic Canada and is committed to bringing the best in local, national and international queer film to audiences in Halifax. For more information including festival guide and screening schedules, please visit Out East Queer Film Festival


Agitprop: Soviet Propaganda 1905-1945 – Opening night

Friday, June 16 2017 8pm | Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery

Curators Emily Davidson and Nicole Marcoux invite residents to the opening reception of Agitprop: Soviet Propaganda, 1905-1945 on Friday June 16th at 8pm at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. The exhibit will display over 40 examples of Soviet poster art from the collection of Dartmouth-based antique book dealer Major Marcus Brauer, and represents the events leading up to the Russian Revolutions, the Civil War of 1917-22, the mass industrialization of the USSR in the late 1920s and 1930s, and World War II. The exhibit will be on display from June 17^th – July 20^th at the gallery. For more information, visit Saint Mary's University Art Gallery


Play on! Halifax

June 17-18, 2017 | Halifax Common

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play on! Halifax is a giant street hockey tournament that transforms over 1km of city streets into street rinks with games running all weekend. The event will feature an estimated 550 teams and over 4,200 participants and there are divisions for all ages and skill levels. To register a team or for more information, please visit Play on! Halifax


Unveiling of Our Common Woods exhibit

Wednesday, June 21 2017 10am | Halifax Commons

As part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations happening on June 21, HRM and The Deanery Project will be unveiling a set of five wood sculptures on the Halifax Common. The permanent exhibit, titled “Our Common Woods” will be installed in the coming weeks, and artists Alan Syliboy, Erin Phillips, Gary Staple, Theo Heffler, and Steve Sekerak, will be on hand to discuss their work.


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)