Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood

News & Events

September 2016

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

Update #49 - Port update, Cogswell truck update, public meetings, more

Hi everyone, a couple of quick notes for you. You will be receiving the district (paper) newsletter this week, there are some interesting articles and information in there for you as well.

NEWS

Container terminal merger update
I met with the Halifax Port officials on Monday to find out what they could tell me about the recent news of a possible merger of two of their tenants, Ceres and Halterm. This caused all of concerns about the potential for a big increase in truck traffic in downtown Halifax.
 
At this time the Port have not officially been told anything by their tenants, who are also not commenting. It is not clear what the operator’s plans are, especially given they have a long term lease to operate at Ceres.
 
The good news is that Halifax Port Authority is in the early stages of a master planning exercise as they prepare for the arrival of ultra-large container ships.
 
Truck traffic is one of the areas being reviewed as part of their master plan. The port is specifically looking at finding an alternative means of getting truck traffic out of downtown Halifax. The planning process involves consultation with industry & port stakeholders.
 
Port officials are working with HRM staff involved with the Integrated Mobility Plan to examine all the options to manage and/or reduce the impact of truck traffic. That discussion started well before this news item.
 
Obviously massively increasing truck traffic in downtown is something that must be avoided, though I recognize the port is a huge employer and economic driver.  I will continue to meet with the port, the terminal operators, and other stakeholders and pass the information on to you as I get it.
 
Truck bypass – South Park and Morris
Some good news! I know there is a lot of concern about the potential for trucks on South Park/Morris for the duration of the Cogswell Construction. HRM's Cogswell planners meet with trucking industry folks and the port a couple of weeks ago.  The plan as it sits right now is to keep the current route through Cogswell available for the entirety of the project.
 
Inglis Street Playground
You may notice that Inglis Street playground is getting a paved path installed this week. This is to facilitate accessibility to the play set for students with a disability. The play set already had a ramp and an accessible picnic table has been installed. The path from Inglis Street and the school grounds to the play area will also be paved.
 
Barrington & Spring Garden
Curb and sidewalk upgrades are complete at Spring Garden from Summer to Barrington. Middle of next week the asphalt will be milled off, and then a week later the new paving will go in, after the manholes and valves are raised. Some work on the signal lights and removing old poles will continue after that.
 
Barrington Street rehabilitation has stared this week. You can see where bricks are being removed, and a number of light poles have been taken down so the concrete bases can be repaired. The project will see the replacement of the bricks with pavers, curb repairs, lights reinstalled, and then paving from Blowers to Duke.
 
Blue Mountain Birch Cove
Thank you for the thousands of emails and letters we have received or CCed on. As I wrote back to many of you - I support the vision for a regional park and wilderness area that was first presented in the 2006 Regional Plan. I will not support any action that compromises this vision.

PUBLIC MEETINGS & HEARINGS

Halifax and West Community Council
Tuesday, September 13, 6-8pm | Council Chambers, City Hall
Agenda will be published here. http://www.halifax.ca/Commcoun/west/index.php
 
Case 20405 - Application by Halifax Grammar School to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law
Thursday, September 22, 2016 7-9 PM | SMU Homburg Centre, Courtside Lounge, 923 Robie Street, Halifax
Application by Halifax Grammar School to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to enable the rezoning of 915, 921 and 967 Tower Road and a portion of 945 Tower Road, Halifax from R-1 (Single Family) Zone to P (Park and Institutional) Zone.
 
Districts 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee
Monday, September 26, 4-6pm | Halifax Hall, City Hall
Agenda will be published here. http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/D78PAC/index.php
 
Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District draft
There is a meeting planned for the end of September where the draft Land Use Bylaw and heritage rules will be presented for the proposed Schmidtville HCD.  I will send a follow up email with date and location later in the month.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Atlantic Fringe Festival
September 1-11, 2016 | Various locations around HRM
The largest theatre festival in Atlantic Canada is back for another year and will present dozens of new theatre and dance shows from Atlantic Canada, Ontario, the U.S., and abroad. Choose from hundreds of performances in numerous venues; musicals, dramas, comedies, dance performances, and belly dancers. For more information, please visit http://www.atlanticfringe.ca/atlanticfringe16/

Spencer House Lobster Supper
September 10th, 2016 3pm and 5pm | Spencer House Seniors Centre, 5596 Morris St.
Join Spencer House Seniors Centre for a delicious Lobster Supper with Tantallon lobster – which some say is the best in the province! There are two seatings, the first at 3pm and the second at 5pm. Please call 902-421-6131 to reserve your space.

The Coast’s Halifax Food Truck Party
September 15, 2016 4pm | Halifax Waterfront (Salter Block)
Join the Nova Scotia Food Truck Association for the last food truck party of the summer. There will be dozens of food vendors and choices for all taste buds. Admission is $2, and kids under 12 are free. For more information, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1800029653587229/

Halifax Celtic Festival
September 15-18, 2016 | Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre
2016 marks the 4th Annual Halifax Celtic Festival with a range of performances and family-friendly activities! Come celebrate and experience Celtic languages and their associated cultures and heritage through song, music, dance, dress, storytelling, food, children’s activities, athletics, displays and the 395th Anniversary of the naming of Nova Scotia by Sir William Alexander. All events are free admission. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/hfxcelticfest/timeline

The Atlantic Film Festival
September 15-22, 2016 | Various locations around HRM
This eight-day festival celebration of film, media and music from around the world transforms Halifax into a mecca for filmmakers, industry types, and film lovers. The festival offers a first-look at the best international films of the festival season, and features a number of daily screenings. For a full event listing of events and screenings, visit http://www.atlanticfilm.com/atlantic-film-festival

Davis Cup
September 16-18, 2016 | Scotiabank Centre
Come out and cheer on Canada at the Davis Cup in Halifax! Canada will take on Chile in the World Group play-offs in what promises to be an incredible weekend of tennis. Tickets are available online at ticketatlantic.com, and for more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/477310375772522/
 
 
Quinfest Family Fun Day
September 17, 2016 11am-3pm | Quinpool Road
Join the businesses on Quinpool Road for their annual Quinfest, an afternoon of fun, free family activities. These activities include: face painting, carnival games, crafts, bouncy castle, food samples, live entertainment, and sidewalk sales. New activities to Quinfest this year include a robotics demo, self-defence demo and a biathlon demo – and a Doggy Carnival for your four-legged friend! For more information, visit www.quinfest.com

Prismatic Arts Festival
September 21-25, 2016 | Various locations around HRM
Prismatic Arts Festival is Canada’s only multi-disciplinary arts festival that showcases local, national and internationally culturally diverse and indigenous artists. There will be spectacular performances in theatre, dance, music, spoken word, and visual and media arts by artists from across Canada. This year’s festival will be exclusively showcasing and celebrating the artistic work of indigenous and culturally diverse women from Canada and beyond. For more information, please visit http://prismaticfestival.com/
 
5KM Zombie Trail Run 2016
September 24, 2016 11am | Waverley, NS
Get out and participate in Nova Scotia’s most terrifying race! You begin the race with three flags and out-run and doge the zombies, witches and creatures to cross the finish line with at least one flag intact. The 5KM Zombie Trail Run is in support of Inner Strength Taekwondo. For more information, visit http://www.destinationhalifax.com/content/5km-zombie-trail-run-2016

Etsy Made in Canada Halifax
September 24-25 | Maritime Hall, 2901 Windsor Street
Join Maritime Makers and Etsy sellers from across Nova Scotia as they showcase their quality products. This unique community run market gives Etsy sellers the opportunity to sell their goods to local buyers in their own neighborhoods. Admission is $2 at the door, and free for children under 12 and seniors. Last year over 15,000 people attended the Etsy Makers Market at the Garrison Grounds on Citadel Hill. For more information, please visit http://maritimemakers.com/emicfaq/

Halifax Career Fair 2016
September 27, 2016 10am | Cunard Centre
The Halifax Career Fair is a collaborative recruiting event by Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Mary’s University. 2000 University students and grads get the opportunity to network with 150 employers, paving the way for full-time work opportunities, internships, and co-op placements. For more information, please visit www.halifaxcareerfair.ca


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