Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood

News & Events

July 2016

Newsletter written by: Waye Mason, Councillor - District 7 (Halifax South Downtown)

 Update #47 – Centre Plan Growth Scenarios, Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes info, Canada Day + more

Open House on Centre Plan Growth Scenarios
TODAY – June 27 starting 6pm | Portia White Atrium, Citadel High School
Brief presentations will be shared at 6:30pm and 7:30pm to introduce the evening.  This Open House will provide an opportunity for staff to share with the public the details and impacts of different scenarios for how the municipality can grow in the Regional Centre. This event will also lead into a series of additional opportunities for staff to work with the community over the summer, similar to the follow up they’ve done after the Neighbourhood Workshops.

Additionally, today in the Coast a short video explaining the origins of this project has been produced. You can read about it and see it here:

Finally, the “What We Heard” report for the Neighbourhood Workshops and all other supporting information is now available at

Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Report and Meeting  – item 1
July 4 | via email or print
Regional Council is seeking public feedback on an independent facilitator’s report regarding negotiation of the proposed boundaries for a regional park in Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes. Please note that verbal comments from the public will not be recorded at the presentation. All feedback must be submitted in writing to the Municipal Clerk by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by e-mail,  Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2016. For any written submissions exceeding three standard letter sized pages in length, thirty-five copies must be supplied to the Municipal Clerk’s office.  A hard copy of the report may be obtained by contacting Planning Services at 902-490-4472. A hard copy of the report may be obtained by contacting Planning Services at 902-490-4472.

Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Public Meeting  – item 2
Please come to an important public meeting this Wednesday, June 29th to show support and find out more. (Share with your friends on Facebook.) Note – This event is being organized by a municipal candidate for Council.  The Public is invited to express their views and comments regarding the proposed development plans within the planned park. Written opinions will be accepted at the meeting or by email.  This is a comfortable 500 seat theatre. Free on-site parking. Microphones will be provided and attendees will have  3-5 minutes to make their presentations. We will attempt to answer as many questions as possible. Please come prepared! Direct advance inquiries to: Bruce Smith 902 209 2010

Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Public Meeting  – item 3
Wednesday June 29 7-9pm | Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, Dalhousie University next to the Rebecca Cohn Building.
Note – this meeting is hosted by the Ecology Action Centre, Friends of Nature, Halifax Field Naturalists & the Halifax Northwest Trails Association.   Please come to an important public meeting this Wednesday, June 29th to show support and find out more.  We need absolutely everyone who cares about this special place to attend. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends. We need you to come and be counted and to help rescue our future park from being ruined forever.

Canada Day Events
July 1, 2016 | various locations around HRM
There are many family-friendly events happening around HRM this Canada Day, starting with free pancake breakfasts in Halifax and Dartmouth. Throughout the day, there will be an official Canada Day ceremony (with cake!), a parade, free yoga on the South Commons, free concerts and much more! End the day with a spectacular fireworks display lit from the Halifax Harbour at 10pm. For a full listing of events, visit

Lebanese Festival
July 7-10, 2016 |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

The Urban Agenda: Halifax Roundtable
July 11, 2016 5:30pm | Halifax City Hall
This is the last roundtable in the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s six-city series. The discussion, which will involve policymakers, community and thought leaders, will celebrate the individual collective success of Canadian cities as hubs of diversity and models of inclusion, while exploring issues that remain unresolved and identifying emerging challenges. For more information, please visit

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
July 12-17, 2016 | various locations around HRM
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is back for its 30th 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. For more information and full schedule of events, please visit

Halifax and West Community Council
July 12, 2016 6-8pm | Halifax Council Chambers, City Hall (if required)
The next meeting of the Halifax and West Community Council will take place on July 12th from 6-8pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Please visit to view the upcoming agenda and information about the meeting.

Volunteer Information & Orientation Session: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax
July 13, 2016 6pm | Halifax Central Library, BMO Room
Individuals interested in becoming involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs as volunteers are invited to attend an information and orientation session which provide an overview of available programs. The session will also cover agency expectations, impact of mentoring and other important information. This event is free and open to all to attend. For more information, please visit

Halifax Pride Flag Raising and Reception at City Hall
July 14, 2016 5pm | Grand Parade, Halifax City Hall
Join Mayor Savage, members of Regional Council and participants of the Halifax Pride Festival for the official kick-off of 2016 Pride Week in Halifax!

Halifax Pride Festival
July 14-24, 2016 | various locations around HRM
2016 marks the 29th 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 25th from 1pm-3pm. For a full list of events, please visit or call 902-431-1194.

Africa Festival of Arts and Culture
July 22-24, 2016 | Sackville Landing, Lower Water Street
The annual Africa Festival of the Arts and Culture showcases visual and performing arts, as well as the culture of people of African descent. Their artistic works include visual arts, drumming, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, spoken word, and much more. This festival is an excellent opportunity to support artistic expression and provides exposure for young and talented artists. For a full schedule of events, visit

Halifax International Busker Festival
July 27 – Aug 1, 2016 | Halifax Waterfront
The Halifax International Busker Festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada. The Festival Team is excited to offer electrifying international performers from Canada, the United States, England, Ireland and Australia! Come and watch them perform a wide variety of street theatre, acrobatics, music, visual arts, fire displays and comedy. For more information, please visit

Art of Disability Festival
July 28, 2016 10am | Alderney Landing
Join Independent Living Nova Scotia for a day or fun and leaning while supporting artists who have a disability in your community. This is a free and accessible public art festival highlighting artwork ranging from card making to dance performances. For more information, please visit

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 has now decided to meet 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)